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Miles Morales, Sony, Marvel, and Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man Miles MoralesThis weekend it was announced that Miles Morales would be taking over as “the” Spider-Man in comics when the new Marvel Universe gels after Marvel‘s Secret Wars event wraps up. Part of the reason cited for the change was the lobbying by fans to get Morales to be the big screen Spider-Man in the Marvel/Sony movie reboot.

Some sites have attempted to generate controversy by mining the leaked Sony documents currently hosted by Wikileaks. There are various documents that have Peter Parker remaining Caucasian, straight, and having gotten his powers in high school or college. You know, like he is in the comics. In other words, Sony couldn’t go and change the character without Marvel’s permission. Also mentioned was he was male, doesn’t torture, doesn’t kill unless in self-defense or defending others, doesn’t smoke, does not swear beyond PG-13, doesn’t sell illegal drugs, doesn’t abuse alcohol, and doesn’t have sex before the age of 16 or with anyone younger than 16.

That’s not too controversial in my mind. Is the rest of the list a problem too? I surely hope not. But some websites like clickbait and don’t present all the pertinent information in their articles, especially during their attempts drum up controversy. I’m not going to link to the original article that started it all, but it’s a site that does this a lot, and unfortunately other sites regurgitated what the original site wrote unchallenged.

I decided to see what I could turn up about Sony’s interest in Miles Morales. The character made his debut in 2011, and in late 2011 there’s a memo written by Jim Underwood currently the Global Head of Entertainment Strategy for Facebook, but from 2010 to 2012 he was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, that specifically mentions the character as part of the discussion between Marvel and Sony about characters.

The initial document from August 2011 lays out the discussion between Sony and Marvel over some of Marvel’s characters, and who could do what with each, and what could be done with them. It goes over various an impressive roster of characters even the most die-hard fans might not know about. It also give insight into some of what Sony was looking at for their movies like Venom, The Jury, and Kraven.

In the document entitled “Spider-Man Disputed Characters List” the first bullet point discusses Miles Morales, even adding the characters to something called the “‘Alternative Spider-Man’ schedule.” It is specifically mentioned that Morales isn’t “Caucasian” getting around Marvel’s requirement for Spider-Man as far as that characteristic. This indicates that as far back as 2011 Sony was thinking about diversity in its Spider-Man films. That’s completely opposite of what many sites would lead you to believe. Also of interest is the mention of rumors that Morales was to be gay and Sony would like the right to portray him as so.

Spider-Man_2099_1_Cover_BianchiThere’s also the mention of lots of other IP include various diverse Spider-Man characters. There’s Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, and Paviitr Prabhakar who is the Spider-Man of India. Yes, diversity was on people’s minds. Also was Spider-Man as a member of the Fantastic Four, that was to be discussed as well.

While there were some articles that said Sony wasn’t interested in a movie with Morales or O’Hara, the documents say otherwise. They were on their mind to use at some point.

There’s also a list of characters/organizations that were no-go, some of which dealt with Daredevil. One of the non-exclusive characters was Jessica Drew, also known as Spider-Woman, a character that has been rumored to show up as a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel wouldn’t be able to call her Spider-Woman.

Some of the characters and locations discussed as having to do with Daredevil include The Arranger, Brainwasher, Flint, the Kingpin, Vanessa Fisk, Julius, Fisk Tower, Gloom Room A-Go-Go. Kingpin looks to be shared between the companies with Marvel’s use being specific to Daredevil and other characters Fisk interacted with previously.

Interesting characters, groups, and locations that are mentioned as reserved by Marvel include Bullseye, Cloak and Dagger, Elektra, Jigsaw, The Owl, Moses Magnum, The Punisher, Werewolf by Night, Speedball, A.I.M., Hydra, High Evolutionary, Roxxon, and a whole lot more.

The final document was from September 2011, and who knows when/if it was signed. It’s unknown how these documents were adopted, but it’s interesting that Sony was very interested in Miles Morales, especially for those things that make him a character for the new generation.

Miles Morales is Spider-Man Post Secret Wars

It’s not a shock that Miles Morales is “a” Spider-Man after Marvel’s current world shaking event Secret Wars. The character was featured in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day release All-New, All-Different Avengers which took place after Secret Wars wraps up.

In an exclusive to the Daily News (I thought we weren’t going to have to scour the web to get all these announcements!?) Marvel has revealed that there will be a new series entitled Spider-Man that will feature Miles Morales under the mask.

Miles Morales will the “the” Spider-Man in the new Marvel universe continuing his role that began in 2011 in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, which was destroyed in the event currently running through Marvel’s comics. The teen character is part African-American and part Puerto Rican bringing some diversity to the line, and continuing a character today’s generation relates to. Morales will be joined by a grownup Peter Parker who will act as a mentor to the character.

Part of the reason for the change was the lobbying by fans when Marvel and Sony were deciding what to do with the Spider-Man movie franchise. Morales won’t be on the screen any time soon, and we’ll have more about that tomorrow.

The series will be written by the creator of the character Brian Michael Bendis who will be joined by Sarah Pichelli on art.

Bendis in the exclusive article emphasized that this is “the” Spider-Man, not one with an asterisk. It’ll be interesting to see how the publisher gels everything together to make this happen when their event wraps up.

Spider-Man Miles Morales

How Old are Comic Book Characters?

How Old Do I Look? is an interesting website where you can upload an image and it’ll guess your age and gender based on that. While it’s fun putting people you know in, it also works in some drawings. So, I decided to put in some comic characters to see what the site says.

As you can see, it’s a bit all over the place, hell it thinks I’m in my mid-50s.

6 Actors Who Should Play Spider-Man in the Reboot

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 Miles VariantYesterday, Screen Rant posted six actors they think should play Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot (of the reboot). The thing that ties all six choices together is that they’re all white men. Screen Rant overlooked the much more inspired, and I’d argue lucrative, path of replacing Peter Parker with Miles Morales and giving us a Spider-Man for the next generation. I guess thinking out of the box isn’t that site’s style.

We’re very pro-Miles Morales here, and as soon as Marvel and Sony announced their joint venture for the next step in Spider-Man on the big screen, we immediately felt Miles was the way to go.

So, presenting six choices for the next Spider-Man.

Damarr CalhounDamarr Calhoun

Calhoun comes to us from the Nickelodeon family of shows where he’s played the role of Aaron Phillips on the television series Instant Mom. The show is in its third year, and is about a 25-year old part girl who becomes a mom when she marries an older man with three children. Before that, he appeared in an episode of Scandal.

Though he might look young, Calhoun is actually about the right age for Miles Morales. Morales in the comics is about 14 years old and Calhoun will turn 11 this year. That makes him a bit young for the part, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing and might help get some continuity in the actor for the type of commitment Marvel looks for. Three films, one every two years, would put him around 16 years old by the third film hits.

Roshon Fegan

Roshon FeganIf I were casting Fegan would near the top of my list. If Miles is supposed to be in high school, Fegan could pull it off with his youngish looks. It also helps that Fegan comes from an ethnically mixed background, like Miles. Even better, he’s already part of the Disney family having appeared in numerous shows and movies of theirs like Camp Rock 2, and Shake It Up!. Even better, Fegan has appeared in Spider-Man 2 as the “Amazed Kid.” Get a fancy writer, and you can say that was a young Miles and he was inspired by Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man in the first trilogy.

Fegan is an actor, music producer, recording artist, and songwriter, and if done right, he could bring in a younger, tween, late teen audience, something the movies really need to do. In fact in the direction we’d go, the movie would be specifically focused with a younger audience in mind, and Fegan is already a familiar entity to them.

Born in 1991, he’ll turn 24 this year, so Miles would need to be in high school, but also means we could follow the character through college and beyond, jumping in time between movies.

Marcus ScribnerMarcus Scribner

If you watch the hit ABC television series Black-ish, you know Scribner who plays the slightly dorky oldest son. He has that nerdy thing down, and has shown he has some comedic timing in the show’s first season. Even better, Black-ish is in ABC which is owned by Disney, Marvel’s parent company. He’s already in “the family.”

At age 15 he’s the perfect age to play Miles, and between the television show being a hit, and the movie likely be a sure-fire hit, he’s an actor that a studio could back and build some long-term plans around.

He’s active when it comes to sports, so he’ll likely do well in the type of physical role this would turn in to.

Honestly, we can’t think any reason he wouldn’t be at the top of anyone’s casting list.

Tyler James Williams

Tyler James WilliamsTyler will be turning 23 this year, forcing his portrayal of Miles to be in high school like Fegan above. But Willams is a very known entity, and talented to boot. He was a regular on the series Little Bill back in 2000, but really broke out in the title role of Chris in the series Everybody Hates Chris, and on that he showed off his comedic chops. He held that role for four seasons.

In 2010 he dipped his foot in the “geek” world voicing Firestorm/Jason Rusch on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Most recently, he’s been playing Noah on the hit series The Walking Dead. There he’s shown off his physical side of things and really shown off his depth of emotions.

In his time on television, he’s shown his acting range from the comedic to the dramatic, something anyone who plays Miles would need to do, if they stick to the stories from the comics.

Jaden Smith

Jaden SmithThe 16 year old (turning 17 this year) son of actor/rapper Will Smith, his acting career is actually much shorter than you’d think. But, since he began in 2006, Smith has been in four pretty high-profile movies, and will be getting a sequel to his remake of The Karate Kid.

He’s already been a part of a reboot in The Karate Kid, and clearly has no issues with being a part of a franchise, since he’s getting a sequel to that film. He’s also shown off his physical abilities not just in that film, but also the film After Earth.

There are some downsides, in that he’s rather outspoken and gotten folks to scratch their heads with some of his statements. That will cause anyone to pause when casting him, though doesn’t necessarily reflect his work ethic.

He is a youth ambassador for Project Zambia which helps children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. That is in conjunction with Hasbro, which will likely handle any toys that come out of the film.

Oren WilliamsOren Williams

Lets start with the fact that Williams looks like Miles. That alone gets him on this list. Age wise he’s around the same age as Williams and Fegan. Williams has appeared in both television and the big screen with his most high profile roles being a recurring role on Chicago Hope, a voice in Clifford’s Really Big Movie, and Calvin in Calvin and Freddie’s Cosmic Encounters.

Having done voice over work could be vital for anyone playing the character as Miles will have his face covered up while fighting crime, and we’d expect some CGI, so there’ll be some studio voice work.

He’s shown off a bit of an athletic side in his role of Keith Ellis in the movie Rebound. Looking at his career, he might be the least known of the bunch, but that just means he’s poised for a huge break.


And there you have six solid choices to fill the costume of Miles Morales if Marvel and Sony were to try something rather bold and give us a Spider-Man for the next generation. But, why stop there? How about Spider-Gwen (we suggest Miley Cyrus) or Spider-Man India? Marvel and Sony have a clean slate, why give us something we’ve seen twice before?

Mile Morales Joins the All-New X-Men

On his Tumblr blog, writer Brian Michael Bendis posted the cover to All-New X-Men #32 By Sarah Pichelli. As you can see, it “welcomes” Miles Morales to the team, which opens up a whole bunch of questions.

For those that don’t know, Morales is the Spider-Man of Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe, not exactly where the All-New X-Men are located. Is he completely leaving the Ultimate universe? Are they heading to his? Is this part of time being broken? We’ll find out soon enough!

All new X-Men 32

Around the Tubes

San Diego Comic-Con continues to rock and we’ve got a lot coming out of it in the coming weeks!

Around the Tubes

Bleeding Cool – Vin Diesel Seems To Have Gotten His Secret Marvel Role, Announcement ComingInteresting…

Bleeding Cool – Will Miles Morales Move To The 616? “Read Cataclysm”Shocker!

CBR – Marvel Comics Teases Marvelman During Retailer LunchAbout time.

The Mary Sue – Gail Simone Is Writing A Tomb Raider Comic. Heck. Yes.Could be cool.

ICv2 – The Knives Are Out for ‘R.I.P.D.’Boo!

Bleeding Cool – Dark Horse Addresses The Future Of The Star Wars Comic License And What’s Coming In “The Star Wars”Hope it stays with them.

Kotaku – The Evolution Of Wolverine, From 1974 To TodayVery cool.

Around the Tubes Reviews

Paste Magazine – Quantum and Woody #1

Check Out the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Fan Film

Robot Underdog put together this Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man fan film and are looking for more funding to do more. The video isn’t too bad, though seems to miss the innocence portrayed in the comic, instead focusing on the action. We’ll also see how long it is before Marvel squashes this.

SDCC 2012 – Marvel Takes Over The Palm for San Diego Comic-Con

Marvel and David Marquez are teaming up at The Palm Restaurant. As has become a tradition between Marvel and The Palm, Marquez will add to the restaurant’s famous Marvel comic book mural  with a picture of Miles Morales, the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. The wall already features art by John Romita SR, John Romita JR, Simone Bianchi, Mark Brooks, Leinil Yu, Humberto Ramos and more.

The Palm Restaurant is located on 615 J Street and the event takes place at 4:00PM PST on Wednesday, July 11. Stop by for food, drinks and a chance to see David work his magic as Marvel commemorates their sixth year of making history with the Palm.

2012 Glyph Comics Awards Winners Announced

The 2012 Glyph Comics Awards winners have been announced and Princeless has walked away with numerous awards.

The complete winners are:

Story of the year: Princeless, by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin (Action Lab Entertainment)

Best writer: Jeremy Whitley, Princeless (Action Lab Entertainment)

Best artist: Sara Pichelli, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best cover: Chew #27, Rob Guillory (Image Comics)

Best male character: Miles Morales, Ultimate Spider-Man; Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist; inspired by the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (Marvel)

Best female character:  Adrienne, Princeless; created by Jeremy Whitley, writer, and M. Goodwin, artist (Action Lab Entertianment)

Rising star award for best self-publisher: Whit Taylor, Watermelon

Best comic strip or webcomic: Fungus Grotto, by Ms. Shatia Hamilton

Spider-Man Meets Spider-Man In Landmark Spider-Men

Spider-Man Meets Spider-Man In Landmark SPIDER-MEN

Peter Parker and Miles Morales Meet For The First Time in June

New York, NY—April 11, 2012—This June, it’s time for Peter Parker, better known as the Amazing Spider-Man, to cross worlds and meet Miles Morales…the all-new Spider-Man? Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Men, an all-new five issue landmark story from award-winning author Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man), red-hot artist Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and acclaimed cover artist Jim Cheung (Avengers VS. X-Men), which brings Peter Parker and Miles Morales together for the first time. That’s right, the Spider-Man from two different realities—the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Comics Universe—bring their worlds together for a battle no one web-head could win!

When Spider-Man tracks down one of his deadliest villains, he suddenly finds himself thrust into another world where Peter Parker is dead…and there’s a new Spider-Man in town. As these two heroes learn the truth about their identities and their universes, they’ll embark on a journey that’ll leave them forever changed—and reveal a startling truth about a key player in the Spider-Man mythos!

“This year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man and we’re so happy that the stars aligned for us to tell a Spider-Man story that nobody has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “It’s an honor and a privilege to present both this story and these characters to fans on such an auspicious occasion. The work Sara has done on Spider-Men is a step above the already high standard that she has set for herself on our Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series. For me, this is a celebration of the best character in mainstream comics and some of the best art mainstream comics has to offer.”

Each issue of Spider-Men features variants covers by some of the biggest names in comics including Humberto Ramos  (Amazing Spider-Man), Mike Deodato (New Avengers), Marcos Martin (Amazing Spider-Man), Terry Dodson (Avenging Spider-Man), Travis Charest (Captain America) and Sara Pichelli.

“Knowing how much Brian loves and respects Spider-Man, there’s no way I wouldn’t want to work on Spider-Men with him,” said Sara Pichelli. “It’s going to be an explosive celebration of Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary—are you ready?”

In 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the world first met Peter Parker and saw him become the hero Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. Soon after, Spider-Man became a pop culture sensation, launching multiple television series, blockbuster films and some of the most popular comics of all time. Then in 2011, Marvel introduced Miles Morales, a new character of African American and Hispanic descent, who became Spider-Man in the Ultimate Comics Universe after that world’s Peter Parker perished.

“This is one of the biggest stories in Marvel history,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “Peter Parker and Miles Morales are two of our most popular characters and fans have been clamoring for them to meet—we’ve got quite a few surprises in store for both characters. This is only the beginning of how we’re celebrating Spider-Man’s spectacular 50th Anniversary.”

This June, swing into action with world’s most amazing super heroes in Spider-Men #1.

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