(CNN) — When the first issue of the relaunched “Spider-Man” series hits comic book stores this fall, the face behind the mask will no longer be Peter Parker’s. The superhero’s alter ego will be Miles Morales, a biracial teenager.
Morales was a popular character in Marvel Comic’s “Ultimate” line of comics. In that series, he donned the mask after the death of Peter Parker.
The “Ultimate” Marvel series launched in 2000 and reimagined other notable superheroes, such as the X-Men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Now, however, Morales will replace Parker in the main Spider-Man series.
The half-African-American and half-Latino character sliding into the “Spider-Man” suit signals a change in comic book culture. It is a chance for the industry to resonate with a more diverse group of readers, said Brian Bendis, co-creator and writer of the new series.
“Our message has to be ‘it’s not Spider-Man with an…
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