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Miles Morales to join main Marvel universe as Spider-Man

The character first appeared in the "Ultimate" comic book series in 2011.

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Annie Martin
Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Art by Sara Pichelli/Marvel
Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Art by Sara Pichelli/Marvel

PORTLAND, Ore., June 22 (UPI) -- Miles Morales will join the main Marvel universe as Spider-Man.

The character assumed the superhero's mantle in the Ultimate book series, and will replace Peter Parker in an official canon series scheduled for release in the fall.

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Morales first appeared in Ultimate Fallout #4 in 2011, which takes place in an alternate universe. The character is of African-American and Puerto Rican descent, and possesses similar powers, including superhuman strength and "Spidey-senses," to Parker.

"Our message has to be it's not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it's the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else," writer and co-creator Brian Bendis told the New York Daily News.

"Miles will be the Spider-Man that is trying desperately to balance his life as a high school student and his super hero career," he shared in an interview with Marvel. "He will be the character that is wrestling with power and responsibility in a very raw way."

Marvel will relaunch the Spider-Man film series for a third time with a yet-to-be-announced star. Tobey Maguire portrayed Parker in three Spider-Man movies, while Andrew Garfield took over for The Amazing-Spiderman and its sequel.

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