New Yorkers take their fictional heroes seriously, so it may come as a shock to some that Peter Parker, the Queens native whose destiny was forever altered by a radioactive/genetically altered spider, has been killed off in the “Ultimates” imprint of Marvel Comics. The Ultimate series is different from Marvel’s standard line, in which Peter Parker is still happily toiling away as everybody’s favorite hard-luck hero. No, in the Ultimates series, Peter Parker gets killed at the hands of his nemesis the Green Goblin. But, being a comic book series, no hero stays dead for long. While Peter Parker may be gone, a new kid is stepping into the tights: Miles Morales. Miles Morales is a half-black, half-Hispanic super-powered teen who gets into the hero game after being inspired by Parker’s death.

“He’s younger than Peter Parker, he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view,” writer Brian Michael Bendis told the Associated Press. Bendis, who has been writing Ultimate Spider-Man (and many other) comics for Marvel since 2000, is enthusiastic about the change. “I’m now sitting with a pile of legitimately new Spider-Man stories to tell and that is the best news a writer could have.”

Sign of the times, eh?

  1. deowll says:

    Yep, honkeys are obsolete.

  2. Mac Guy says:

    Big deal. Here’s my superhero:

  3. alt173 says:

    Hey, I’m all for Equal Opportunity when it comes to getting bit by radio-active spiders. I wonder what gives this kid his ‘powers’ to be spider-like…

  4. Rip says:

    it’s not new spiderman, spiderman is still spiderman in the real world of marvel. it’s also based on donald glover and him wanting to be spiderman in the movie reboot.

  5. jccalhoun says:

    Superheroes die and are replaced all the time. Name a superhero and there’s a good chance that at some time or another they have been replaced. Just off the top of my head I can list Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. And at one time or another Green Lantern and Iron Man were both replaced by African Americans in the main continuity instead of a secondary one. Heck, right now Batman is Dick Grayson and Captain America is Bucky (although I think that just changed back).

  6. Dallas says:

    He needs to be fatter and from New Delhi

  7. moss says:

    Politically correct in 2011?

    He’d have teabags hanging off his nipples, red-white-and-blue striped foxtails on his Harley – and go to a Baptist Bible college.

  8. Gildersleeve says:

    Now now, you write for your audience. How old are you guys, anyway?

  9. jbenson2 says:

    And [drum role please], taking the starring role in the new Spiderman movie, scheduled for release in 2013 – the former President of the USA.

  10. Ah_Yea says:

    Let’s see if this makes it past 5 issues.

  11. Ah_Yea says:

    Mac Guy,

    That was great!

  12. msbpodcast says:

    In # 5 pedro said: What’s next, a biographic movie of MLK played by Fred Thompson?

    John Boehner‘s such a self-righteous, self-aggrandizing delusional putz, I bet he can just picture his mush on Superman‘s shoulders.

    Only, he imagines crowds cheering as he kicks in doors to evict poor people from their tenements and waves a writ of eminent domain in their cowering faces and yelling at them to “Get the fuck out, lowly scum!” to make way for a new parking lot*.

    At his side is his trusty companion the exhumed corpse of Senator Ted Stevens who’s actually cheap as shit and is not likely to stab him in the back, like he would.

    Feeling like St. Patric chasing the serpents out of Ireland Boehner cackles as he puts the boot in while throwing an old woman to the ground and grinding her face into the dirt.

    Meanwhile Obama Man is nowhere to be seen. (He left for the Clinton Compound in Haiti, where he and the misses are shuckin’ an jivin’, overseeing the plantation slaves.)

    *) A parking lot requires no expenditure, apart from a crew with a wrecking ball and a bulldozer, (which is good because there’s no money left except those worthless US dollars.)

  13. jbenson2 says:

    It’s always nice to have a back up job, especially after getting laid off in 2012.

    Scroll down to see photos of Captain Kickass

    And the Captain Kickass movie

    Heh, heh.

  14. Derek says:

    Well, Peter Parker was friends with Harry Osborn who became a villain. I guess casting Obama as spiderman isn’t too far fetched considering who Obama’s friends are!

  15. Kwazy says:

    Gosh! Notice how he even LOOKS like Our Dear Leader.

    Of course!

  16. Drive By Poster says:

    According to another article, they’re leaving open the possibility of him being gay to boot.

    Please note that they say he was “inspired by spiderman’s death”, rather than his life as a hero. “Honkey-boy done got snuffed. That mean’s his Colors are up for grabs! I call Dibs!”

    Let’s see if he truly represents his mixed ethnicity: his latino mother entered America illegally, his dad left his mother early on, one of his black grand parents was active in the black civil rights movement, and his black great uncle will have been/still is a Black Panther, he’s paranoid about “The Man”, he follows the “8 fold path of Blackness” (that really exists, btw – it was on Obama’s pal reverend Wright’s church website at one point as I saw it myself straight from that site), he’ll have a criminal record as a prepubescent gang member in training for which he did time in juvie hall (aka, “got street cred”), he’ll know 287 people off hand with various dysfunctions and/or addictions, and 80% of his friends have been or will be in jail at some point for various crimes, he watches MSNBC. Oh, and he dropped out of middle school with an F+.

    Did I miss anything?

  17. Traaxx says:

    What no part jew, part arab, part pineapple. Diversity is strength, just like Yugoslavia, or would that be like Sunni/Shite Iraq or would be like any of the multi-tribe African nation that butcher each other every few years.

    Typical BS from the utra-Globalist commies that what to bring the days of Stalin’s purges and Mao’s Great Leap Revolutions or just Pol Pots reeducation campaigns back to life and punish all the evil Western People that don’t jump when they say jump. What crap, the commies are so eager for the demise of the white European that you can see the serial numbers being stamped on our foreheads and led to the camp gas chambers. Revenge of the Semitic race? or just all the little wantabe Royal Aristocrats passing their commie party positions father to son, like North Korea and President King George Bush or Hussein Obama Bush/Clinton.

    This fantasy fiction is just part of the delusion of the Demoncrats/Repulicrats and why I’m against paying any more taxes irrespective of the cause or reason, no one more half-cents, no one is to pass.

    “Don’t Tread On Me”


  18. Benjamin says:

    I am not bothered by this. It is better than watching a Peter Parker origins story over and over again. Besides, it is in the Ultimate Universe where Marvel can do experimental things with their comic books.

    Seriously, what is there to be so upset about?

    I am surprised Bobbo hasn’t weighed in.

  19. Ah_Yea says:

    He’s too busy bothering someone else.

  20. Ah_Yea says:

    Watch, this new Spiderman gets killed by the Evil Doc Teabag in December 2012.

  21. Glenn E. says:

    Proving that printed fantasies are just a business. And not some expression of morality and ethics, for the good of mankind. Whatever market has the spare cash to buy these publications. Dictates their latest costumed hero. Someday it’ll be a Hispanic or Chinese Superman, or Batman. Or whoever currently has a job. Clearly, fewer Caucasian Americans do, if comic books are catering to other “markets” now, by replacing the original characters, with their own ethic heroes. And this new Spiderman is a racial mix, at that. Just to fill a wider market. In case one isn’t enough.

    And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero, for British Tv (not SF and NYC cable?) No word on what “his” super power will be. You can only imagine. But it probably won’t be related this the character’s “lifestyle”. After all, Superman’s power wasn’t to make people want to read the Daily Planet. But I just can’t see creating a new superhero, based on 3% of the world population. By that stretch of logic, there ought to be a Native American super hero. How many casinos do they need to run, to get one?

  22. Cursor_ says:

    I don’t care.

    Spiderman was a wuss always bemoaning should he do this or do that anyway.

    Shit or get off the pot.


  23. Glenn E. says:

    BTW, as someone pointed out on another blog, why aren’t there more (or any?) left-handed super heroes? Isn’t a 10% market share enough of a target audience? If a 3% market gets a gay super hero? And BTW, I’m thinking the “gay” aspect will be the character’s secret identity. While being openly Super.

  24. Drive By Poster says:

    #24 “And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero, for British Tv”

    Stan Lee’s probably going to retcon Stripperella as a Lesbian with a cockney accent.

  25. ActualComicBookReader says:

    “And I hear that Stan Lee is still working on the first gay superhero”
    -His name is Northstar, and he’s been in the Marvel Universe for years.

    Guys, this is not about PC, this is about rebooting the Marvel Universe. Is anyone mad that the Punisher’s tale has been rebooted so that he ALLOWS his family to be killed in order to have an excuse to become a soldier again? Hardly PC.

    If you haven’t been reading Marvel comics for at least a few years, please do so before judging the motivations of the writers and/or company.

  26. McCullough says:

    Ambiguously Gay Duo?

  27. JimD says:

    Well, the Census showed “Lily White” America is GETTING A TAN !!! So it’s smart for the Comics to follow !!!

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  29. Angel H. Wong says:

    The last time I saw this many old men argue about a boy with sticky white goo on his hands it was at a NAMBLA rally.

  30. The0ne says:

    Sounds like typical of teenagers these days, especially the Asian ones.

    “I’m of Chinese, Filipino, Dutch, Russian, etc…” BS, you’re fcking Hmong, period. Live with it idiot.

    That’s what I tell my nephews and nieces with the f word of course. Half black and half hispanic? Seriously, that is really f-up.


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