According to the Associated Press, the popular comic will feature a half-black, half-Hispanic American teenager who fights crime in Manhattan after Peter Parker is killed by the Green Goblin.
Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout No. 4, says that the departure from the typical white character was in his hopes to explore a fresh and new story.
“He’s younger than Peter Parker; he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view. It’s Peter Parker’s death that inspires this kid to step up,” says Bendis.
Bendis says that he talked with Marvel’s editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso, in length about featuring the minority character. They explain that the decision is not a publicity stunt, but that they find it interesting to explore a new story that is rarely done.
Bendis also says that the decision was also revealed so that production could begin on next year’s Spider-Man film, which will reportedly star Donald Glover.
Alonso adds, “This was a conscious decision. Here at Marvel, we pride ourselves on reflecting the real world in all its diversity.”