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 Â Marvel Comics’ Ultimate FalloutÂ 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,â€ 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 alsoÂ says that the decision was also revealed so that production could begin on next yearâ€™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.”