Everyone needs a Spider-Man. Sure, Peter Parker might be good for some people, but my Spider-Man was always Mayday Parker from the MC2. I want Spider-Man to be anyone. I want there to be a Spider-Man that every comic reader can identify with. When Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli unleashed Miles Morales on the world, it was a godsend. Miles Morales is "my" Spider-Man for a lot of people, and because he's now the real Spider-Man, he should be "my" Spider-Man for members of the LGBTQ community as well.
Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved role can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we’ll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.
Peter Parker isn't the only web-headed wonder in the Marvel universe, and this week we're looking at the heroes and the villains, the threats and the menaces, who have donned the webs and proudly called themselves Spider-Man.
Leading up to the two most recent Spider-Man reboots, some fans expressed a desire to see the Miles Morales version of the web-slinger on the big screen instead of rehashing the same ol’ Peter Parker story. It looks like those fans may get their wish, as Morales is rumored to be the focus of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming animated Spider-Man film — which does make sense, as the project is said to be separate from Sony and Marvel’s reboot with Tom Holland.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
With actor Tom Holland's take on Spider-Man having finally made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the new Captain America: Civil War trailer (with animated eyes!), it feels like a good time to pay tribute to some other people who have donned variations of the Spider-Man costume over the years --- and we don't mean the actors, we mean the fans.
There have been a lot of Spider-Men in comic book history since the original Peter Parker incarnation back in 1962. Besides the Amazing and Spectacular Pete, we’ve got clones, alternate universes, body swaps, role reversals, and almost every other incarnation you can think to put the word “Spider” in front of, including a number of awesome Spider-Woman. To that end, there is a lot you can do with Spidey as a character, and just as much you can do with a Spidey cosplay.
It's no secret that white male leads have dominated comic books since --- well forever. In the '60s, Marvel and DC finally started to put a change to that with the addition of super-powered people of color, which led to some of today's biggest names in comics. But it still wasn't enough. Eventually the lack of diversity led to the onset of Milestone Media in the '90s, where Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle crafted several intriguing characters. With an increasingly active black nerd, or blerd, community, new black characters are being created every day --- primarily through independent publishers, though Marvel has also kickstarted a focus on one of its most notable black characters --- but more on that later.
To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance is running down our list of 20 Great Black Comic Book Characters. Our list considers old staples as well as some new favorites, including a certain katana wielding badass, space explorers and of course, plenty of superheroes.
Being Spider-Man can be great for self-esteem, but it's not always best for your academic performance. This Wednesday's Spider-Man #1 finds Miles Morales, the younger of Marvel's two Spider-Men, learning that lesson the hard way. He hasn't done his homework due to Spider-business, and now he has to escape from the classroom to be Spider-Man again, even though his teacher is already angry at him.
This week's announcement of a second Captain America title, Captain America: Steve Rogers, to run alongside the current Captain America: Sam Wilson series, is the latest example of a Marvel legacy hero getting to share a name with its originator. It's a trend that reflects two facets of Marvel's approach to major heroes. On the one hand, the publisher almost always gives big name legacy identities to characters that provide greater diversity than their predecessors, whether it's Cap, Spider-Man Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Giant Man, or Ms Marvel. On the other hand, Marvel's big name heroes almost always come back.
The new Cap comic has plenty of promise; Steve Rogers is a popular and beloved character, and the team of artist Jesus Saiz and writer Nick Spencer should deliver great stories. Spencer is also the writer on the Sam Wilson title, so it's reassuring to know that he hasn't passed up Sam for Steve, and that Sam will still hold on to the iconic round shield. But Marvel's decision to make Sam Wilson the Captain America felt like a big deal. Is it still a big deal if he's just a Captain America?
Marvel's most important Spider-Man, Miles Morales, returns to his own title on February 3 in Spider-Man #1, by the character's co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.
Miles is bound to have a lot to adjust to, now that he's living in a whole different universe and serving as an active member of the Avengers. The unlettered preview doesn't give much away, but it does reveal one important thing: Miles Morales still has parents and a best friend. However Secret Wars ends, at least we know that MIles doesn't arrive in the 616 as a lonely refugee.
Kamala Khan is an Avenger now, and that's pretty great. Miles Morales is also an Avenger now, and that's great too. And, of course, Jane Foster is Thor, and Sam Wilson is Captain America, and Vision is Vision, and Sam Alexander is Nova, and... well, Tony Stark is still Iron Man, I think. But I'd be happy if they replaced that guy too, because replacing those other heroes has honestly made this one of the most exciting and vibrant Avengers line-ups in years! Let's replace Tony Stark with America Chavez!
But even with boring ol' Tony sticking around, I am on board for this team, and hopefully you are too. But in case you need convincing, here's an unlettered preview of All-New All-Different Avengers #1 by Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar!
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