Spider-Man is getting a makeover: he's now a black, Latino teenager who may also be gay.
Marvel Comics has replaced Peter Parker as the geeky teen under Spidey's mask. Parker was killed off in a June 2011 issue. The new crime fighter is now Miles Morales, who's half black and half Latino.
Miles will appear in the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic-book series, which takes place in a different world than the rest of the Spider-Man series.
The new Spider-Man creators also say they wouldn't rule out having the new character be gay. Artist Sara Pichelli said, "Maybe sooner or later a black or gay - or both - hero will be considered something absolutely normal."
Miles first reveals himself in issue four of the "Ultimate Fallout" comic book, but it won't be till the official Spider-Man relaunch that his story will be told and readers will discover how he became Spider-Man.
Recently in the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker's Spider-Man met his death at the hands of the Green Goblin - a controversial plotline that left fans devastated. Now, in Ultimate Fallout issue four, Miles Morales learns of the death, and decides to take over the Spider-Man costume. We'll learn more about how Morales got his spider-powers in later issues - and how these powers differ from Spider-Man's abilities. Aunt May and Gwen Stacy, familiar characters to anyone following the Spider-Man story, will still be in the story and will help Morales become the new Spider-Man.
Some say that a black Spider-Man is a publicity stunt, but Axel Alonso, Marvel editor-in-chief, countered, "What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who's reflective of our culture and diversity... This was a conscious decision."