10. He Was Inspired By Barack Obama And Donald Glover
When the Marvel staff learned Barack Obama's favourite superhero was Spider-Man, they whipped up a story where Spidey rescues the president from the Chameleon. Obama thanked the wallcrawler for his help, and was cool enough to give him a fist bump, kickstarting an idea in writer Brian Michael Bendis' head.
Around the same time, actor and singer Donald Glover announced through social media that he would love to portray Spidey in a movie. When the Childish Gambino's campaign went viral, Bendis felt like it was a perfect opportunity to update the Spider-Man franchise.
The writer would oversee the story The Death of Spider-Man, which concluded with Peter Parker being killed by the Green Goblin. In the follow-up series, Ultimate Fallout, Bendis introduced a thirteen-year-old Afro-Latino called Miles Morales as the new Spider-Man.
Was there backlash when a young black man took on the mantle of Marvel's most iconic superhero? Absolutely. Bendis always knew that was going to happen.
But Miles proved to be a strong superhero, a great character, and a worthy Spider-Man. (Also, he has the best Spider-Man film. No contest.)