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New Spiderman reflects changing face of America

CHANGING FACE: Miles Morales is revealed as new superhero

THERE’S A new superhero in town and he’s a half-black, half-Latino crime-fighting teen from the mean streets of Brooklyn, New York.

Marvel Comics have announced that Miles Morales will step into the shoes of the late Peter Parker, the original white cartoon character who played the famed superhero before being killed by nemesis, Green Goblin.

Morales is said to be a nerdy, working-class teenager who lives with his black and Latino parents in Brooklyn, the ethnically diverse borough of New York City.

Former Spider-Man Parker was white and was raised by his aunt and uncle in a mainly white neighbourhood in Queens.

Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said the new web-slinger “speaks to our rich cultural heritage” in the US.

“Going into this we knew we wanted to make a statement about the 21st century”, he told AFP news agency.

Alonso said that when Morales “peels off his mask now, he's going to have a very different look and he's going to resonate emotionally with all sorts of new readers”.

According to the news agency the comics’ writer Brian Michael Bendis is Jewish and has two adopted children from Africa.

“So I know for him it was definitely personal,” Alonso added.

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