The New Spider-Man Was Inspired by Donald Glover

Here’s how this went down: Community’s Donald Glover launched a half-joking campaign last year to be the new Peter Parker, a role which ultimately went to Andrew Garfield. Then in the season two premiere of his NBC sitcom he showed up wearing Spider-Man pajamas and recognized not only the joke, but the Internet’s push to get him the role. #donald4spiderman.

Still, there were people that felt uncomfortable about the thought of Peter Parker being black, as if that somehow changes the fundamental spirit of the character.

Well, Brian Michael Bendis, who oversees the Ultimate line of Spider-Man for Marvel watched all of this unfold and decided that he wanted to give the world a Spider-Man who was half-hispanic/half-black. That’s how Miles Morales came to be. He makes his debut as the new Spider-Man today.

It helped that Bendis had two adopted daughters — one from Ethiopia and one who was African-American.

“What you have is a Spider-Man for the 21st century who’s reflective of our culture and diversity,” his creator Brian Michael Bendis told USA Today. “We think that readers will fall in love with Miles Morales the same way they fell in love with Peter Parker.”

Everyone should be applauded for this. It’s weird that most comic book characters, if they are ethnic or non-white in any way, are defined by that. Just thinking about Luke Cage, The Black Panther, Blade and War Machine.

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