Fans of Spider-Man were in for a big surprise on Wednesday, when its maker Marvel Comics launched his revamped alter ego — an Afro-Latin American 13-year-old called Miles Morales, who lives with his parents in Brooklyn. The earlier Spidey, Peter Parker, who died in the June issue, was a Caucasian orphan.
The makers hail the move as a sign of the cultural diversity of the 21st century, and critics are calling it a radical change. Fans of the superhero worldwide are divided over the twist.Actor Joe Manganiello, who played Eugene Flash Thompson, Parker’s nemesis in the Spider-Man film series, told us from London, "It sounds interesting. I’m a huge comic book fan and I’ll have to check it out."
Founder of Comic Con India, Jatin Varma, says, “They have updated him to reflect the demographics of today. As far as colour is concerned, he is anyway under the mask, so how does it matter!” Vivek Goel, founder of comic publishers Holy Cow Entertainment, says, “The concept is totally awesome. There have been a lot of stereotypes so far with Spider-Man, and these need to change. It is a great experiment.” Comedian Vir Das says he’s now looking forward to Indian Spidey soon.
The artist of the new look Spidey, Sara Pichelli, has announced that he may also be gay in the new book.
Some fans are not happy. “Why are they making him a social agenda? Some things should be left out of politics,” says Bharat Aggarwal, 19. “What on earth are they up to? We want Peter Parker back,” says Ena Sharma, 23. “We don’t want him,” says Salvadore Christenson, 25.