1. Diversity

    Marvel Announces Biracial Spider-Man

    In this comic book image released by Marvel Comics, a page from "Ultimate Fallout," is shown. In the wake of the death of Peter Parker, Ultimate Spider-Man is still slinging webs across Manhattan. In the fourth, and final, issue of “Ultimate Fallout” released on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, the mantle of the wall-crawling hero has been taken on by Miles Morales, a young African-American. Marvel says the new alter ego will mean new changes, including the suite, which boasts a sleek, streamlined black outfit with a deep ride spider on the chest and cobwebs on the shoulders and head. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)

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    Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just got more colorful. Marvel has announced that Miles Morales—a half-black, half-Latino teen—will be replacing Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker when the new edition of the comic goes on sale tomorrow. Parker was killed off in the comics earlier this summer. Marvel’s editor in chief Axel Alonso said, “When the opportunity arose to create a new Spider-Man, we knew it had to be a character that represents the diversity—in background and experience—of the 21st century. Miles is a character who not only follows in the tradition of relatable characters like Peter Parker but also shows why he’s a new, unique kind of Spider-Man—and worthy of that name.”

    Read it at The Washington Post