This weekend, it was revealed that Miles Morales would lead the new Spider-Man book, post Secret Wars. Today, Marvel makes it official, with the press release, quotes and all.

Here is the press release:

He’s the wallcrawler that made pop culture history and took the Ultimate Universe by storm. Now he’s ready to make history again, as he finds a new home in a completely new universe. Welcome to the Marvel Universe Miles Morales – hope you survive the experience! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce SPIDER-MAN #1 – a brand-new ongoing series starring Miles Morales coming later this year. Comic superstars and Miles Morales co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli begin the story that will have the whole world talking! 

“Four years ago, we peeled back Spider-Man’s iconic mask to reveal a new and different face, and readers of all stripes have embraced him,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “I’m excited to announce that Miles Morales is here to stay – and this Fall, he’s going to be swinging through the heart of the Marvel Universe. Can new friends and enemies be far behind?”

A stranger in a strange land, Miles patrols the rooftops of a New York City that is very different from the one he knew. A world where countless heroes guard it’s skies and streets. A world where Miles is counted among the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. A world where Peter Parker is still alive. Though their paths have crossed before the landmark series Spider-Men, with Miles now living in Peter’s universe – is this town big enough for two Spider-Men? More importantly – how did Miles come to be here in the first place?!

“This is a very big deal to [Sarah and I],” says Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “For [Miles] to have grown up and flat-out earned his place in the Marvel Universe, as Spider-Man, is frankly so much more than we could have hoped for when we first sat down to design him and his life. When it became clear that I was going to follow Miles into this new adventure I was really hoping that Sara would see the value in it being both of us that do this together. I was thrilled that she agreed immediately.”

Critically lauded for his resonant and relevant introduction, Miles Morales made headlines the world over with his explosive introduction in 2011. Now, the chart-topping team of Bendis & Pichelli begin the epic next chapter of Miles Morales’ life is about to begin. Where will you be when he makes his thunderous arrival into our universe?

Swing into action with Miles Morales, the Marvel Universe’s newest amazing, spectacular, sensational, friendly neighborhood wallcrawler later this year with SPIDER-MAN #1!

SPIDER-MAN #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Coming Fall 2015!

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There are a number of people who are rather upset by this news, but for the most part, everyone seems very supportive of this decision.

via Marvel

6 Comments

  1. Websnap
    June 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    Awesome. Very excited for this. It seems this will be a period of growth for both of them. Parker industries seems to be continuing (which is something that Parker needs right now) and Miles needs a proper mentor. Someone not affiliated with shield so he can grow as a hero.

    This really seems to be a new direction and I like it.

  2. Rickman
    June 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    I’m done with Marvel. This is the last straw. I’ve been reading Spider-man since my Dad taught me how to read with this comic at age 3, some 47 years ago.
    They could have easily created a new character and named him “Arachnid” or something else, but no. They had to bow to the ridiculous, PC Mafia and make an ‘ethnically diverse’ Spider-man. I dropped Ultimate Spider-man when that happened, and now I’m dropping the rest of the Marvel books I was buying.
    I’m a democrat, I’m a liberal, I’m an artist and a musician. I understand the need for diversity in culture… especially Pop Culture. But if you want a positive ethnic super-hero role model, CREATE A NEW ONE! Spider-Man is Peter Parker. NO ONE ELSE! Yeah, you can do your ‘multi-verse’ stories, that’s fine. But you come home to the one and ONLY Peter Parker as Spider-Man.
    I’m out Marvel. The last few years have not been fun. You’ve driven me away. DC did the same a while ago. My money will now be spent on indies. Goodbye.

    • Eric
      June 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm — Reply

      I couldn’t disagree more with Rickman in the most respectful way. I grew up on Marvel/DC so I can understand the frustration of changing something that has been a long held tradition. In my case I am excited for a biracial mainstream superhero. My son is biracial and I enjoy sharing my hobby with him. It’s nice for him to see there are heroes of varied skin tone, color and cultures. I also realize that Miles has been around a while, but I’m still very excited for my son to have comic book action figures of mixed ethnicities to his collection beyond supporting characters such as Black Panther, Falcon, Steel, Simon Baz and Cyborg.

  3. Sean G.
    June 23, 2015 at 6:07 am — Reply

    This is such B S i don’t see why they have to replace such an iconic character with someone that black just to be black, Do the not think a brand new black hero would sell? I’m getting really tired of Marvel’s constant pandering to the pc audience, so for now I’m going to be sticking with my DC Comics.

    • June 23, 2015 at 8:22 am — Reply

      Miles Morales is a well-rounded character, with some pretty compelling characterization, who has appeared in some good stories already. He’s not “black just to be black.”

      Also, I sincerely doubt that he’s replacing anybody. This is Marvel, after all, they always return to the central IP. Steve Rogers has been replaced half a dozen times, after all…

      • Sean G.
        June 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm — Reply

        Looking back I do agree with you, and I do actually really like Miles. I was writing my previous comment in the early morning and didn’t have time to read the whole article, so I was going based off of what my friend told me the night before, which reading the article is completely wrong. As it stands now I’m excited to see how Miles will work out in 616. I am just worried that they will push Peeter to the sidelines to pimp their All new All Ethnically diverse main universe Spider-Man.

        P.S. I love you on the MS and CH Podcasts.

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