We all know that after Secret Wars, things are going to be “all-new and all-different” in the Marvel Comic Book Universe (as they always are after a major event series). One of the most tantalizing bits is that elements from the regular Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Marvel Universe will be merging, thus resulting in a new normal that may genuinely be “all-new and all-different” after all. The biggest change is that Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, will be in the regular Marvel 616 Universe and be part of the new Avengers line-up, but more than that, Marvel is releasing a solo book for Miles, which will simply be called Spider-Man.
For the record, Miles will be living side by side with original Spider-Man Peter Parker, but will Peter still be suiting up as Spidey? Unknown, perhaps Peter will take on a kind of mentor role to young Miles, and perhaps the billboard pictured about that says, “Parker Industries, the future is now” has something to do with the elder Spidey’s new role.
Here’s the press release from Marvel Comics:
New York, NY—June 22nd, 2015— 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 will be on comic book store shelves sometime later this fall.