Miles Morales gets to shine in “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse!!”

Peter Parker has had a nice run as Spider-Man. But the time has come for him to step aside and let the new guy in. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is the upcoming animated Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation film that will focus on Miles Morales. In the “classic Spider-Man mold”, Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero, as he is introduced to the “Spider-Verse” where there can be more than one Spider-Man. He seeks training from original “Spider-Man” Peter Parker who shows the young lad the ropes in his unique way. The film is slated for release December 14, 2018.

Okay, now that we’ve watched the trailer, let’s talk about Miles Morales. I am glad that he is getting more recognition outside of the comics and that he will be the focal point of this movie. He now joins the ranks of Black Panther, Falcon and Black Lightning as African-American superheroes are now getting recognition in live action comic films. What makes Miles more interesting is that his is biracial (African-American and Puerto Rican) which means he is relatable to several minorities and young people. Unlike other heroes, his parents are alive thus breaking the “live defined by tragedy” cycle that many other heroes have (ahem, Batman). It’s good to see Miles in action and given the spotlight. True, it isn’t a live action film but this does bring us closer to seeing Miles in a live film, especially after he was referenced in the post-credit scene in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”