NOTE: I’m not putting a spoiler-tag on this because Marvel clearly has no interest in it being a secret or surprise. It was in USA Today, even.
The thing that always bothered me about Marvel’s “Ultimate” side-universe is that it never lived up to it’s supposed intention of not only dropping the continuity-burden but also doing new and gutsy things with the established characters. “Ultimate” Spider-Man was probably the worst offender, segueing almost-immediately from telling “new” stories to basically being a “remixed” version of Spidey-continuity’s Greatest Hits.
Well, maybe that’s changed.
Revealed to news outlets today (and to readers of “Ultimate Fallout #4” tomorrow) the new “Ultimate” Spider-Man (“Ultimate” Peter Parker’s time ran out in a “Death Of…” story last month) is a half-black, half-hispanic teenager named Mike Morales. Let the “I’m-not-racist-I’m-just-racially-conscious” gnashing of teeth begin.
Amusingly, writer Brian Michael Bendis cites the infamous incident last year – where “Community” star Donald Glover launched a joke Twitter campaign to be cast as the new Spidey and was met with a ridiculous “I’m-not-racist-but” backlash from (some) fans who thought Glover (who is black) was actually up for the part.
Immediate reaction: Interesting choice, I like it. Will it be enough to get me back interested in the “Ultimate” line? Probably not, but you never know. I don’t know that I’m digging the outfit, but that’s a whole other minor thing.