Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NEW Ultimate Spider-Man's Secret Identity Revealed this AM (SPOILERS!!!)

I speculated last night about the secret identity of the new Ultimate Spider-Man.  I was holding out hope that it was an Ultimate version of Miguel O'Hara AKA Spider-Man 2099, but conceded that it was more likely super-scientist Ben Reilly.  I can reveal now that I was wrong with both predictions.  USA Today broke the news today and I'm willing to spoil (though I'll leave a spoiler break).

 SPOILERS AFTER THE BREAK!  SPOILERS AFTER THE BREAK!!!

The new Ultimate Spider-Man is... a brand new half-black, half-Hispanic teen named Miles Morales.  It's not clear how he becomes Spider-Man, but he was apparently inspired by Peter Parker's ultimate sacrifice:
In his first appearance, he simply breaks up a fight. But readers will learn the true origin of Morales and how he became the new Spider-Man when Ultimate Spider-Man relaunches in September with a new No. 1 issue. "The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility," says writer Brian Michael Bendis. "He's going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means..."

In addition to an alliterative name, Miles has a connection to his predecessor in how he received his powers. But he will have different abilities, too. Supporting characters such as Peter's Aunt May and Gwen Stacy also will give Miles nuggets of wisdom to help his transition from young kid to New York City superhero.

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