Spider-Men creative team Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli will launch Spider-Man, a new, monthly title set to launch following the events of Secret Wars and starring Miles Morales, the New York Daily News reports.
“Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask,” Bendis told the Daily News. “But now it’s true. It’s meant a great deal to a great many people.”
“Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,” he added.
Bendis has recently worked with Pichelli on All-New X-Men, in which Morales played a role. Her take on Spider-Man was different from that of Mark Bagley, who drew Ultimate Spider-Man for much of its run, but she captured something about the character that resonated with audiences -- and with Bendis.
"When we first started Powers the biggest criticism on the book was, 'That’s not what this book should look like.' And I was like, 'No, this the only way this book should look,'" Bendis told ComicBook.com back when Spider-Men was on the stands, comparing how right Michael Avon Oeming was for that book to Pichelli on Miles Morales, a character the pair co-created in Ultimate Fallout.
At the time, Bendis compared the feel of Spider-Men, the first official crossover between the Ultimate Universe and Marvel's main universe, to that of '80s crossovers. Ironically, the mother of all '80s Marvel crossovers was Secret Wars, of which Spider-Man's inciting incident is a reinvention.
It seems a foregone conclusion that Peter Parker will continue to star in The Amazing Spider-Man, the franchise's main title, given that the All-New, All-Different Marvel posters feature both Peter (or someone in his costume, at least) and Miles.
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