During the millennium, Marvel created a separate reboot of their comics for modern readers called Ultimate Marvel. It was a big risk to remake all of the company's most iconic characters but it was an instant hit.
There were even times where the Ultimate series was outselling the classic comics. Some readers speculated that the reboot could actually replace the original series.
Sadly, it was too good to last. There was a story written that was so bad, it nearly destroyed the entire Ultimate comic line. With sales plummeting, the writers realised that they had to do something drastic or pull the plug.
And so, they made one of the boldest decisions in comic history; they killed off Peter Parker, allowing a black teenager called Miles Morales to become the new Spider-Man.
Although this decision could have come across as gimmicky or disrespectful, Miles was hailed as the greatest success of the Ultimate series. He was so beloved, he was absorbed into the mainstream Marvel universe after the Ultimate series was cancelled.
So what makes Miles so interesting? What inspired the company to create him? What makes him different to the original Spider-Man?
Here are some mind-blowing facts you didn't know about Miles Morales.
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1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
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