Straight from the pages, Marvel's Champions have arrived!

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released a new downloadable character pack for “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2” featuring Marvel’s teenage team of super hero sensations inspired by CHAMPIONS! The pack, priced at $1.99, adds playable characters Ms. Marvel, Nova, Miles Morales, Ironheart, Devil Dinosaur, Moon Girl, Viv Vision & Sparky, Amadeus Cho, Nadia Pym Wasp, Kate Bishop Hawkeye, and Nova. Strike out on your own with our “Totally Awesome” young heroes!

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is an all-new, epic adventure and sequel to the smash hit, “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.” This original branching storyline, co-written by award-winning comics writer Kurt Busiek, transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis. Packed with signature LEGO humor for fans of all ages, gamers will go head-to-head with the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror in this fun-filled journey spanning the Marvel Universe.

The Champions DLC pack can be purchased separately for $1.99 or as part of the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Season Pass, which is currently available for $14.99 or free for everyone who purchased the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition.”

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows® PC.

For all the latest on “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” stay tuned to and follow @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask.

The first teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming Sony Pictures animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

Check out the teaser trailer above for your first look at Miles Morales making his big screen debut!

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be released in theaters Christmas 2018.

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Brian Michael Bendis teases the final chapter!

After years of buzz and a universe-shattering crossover that altered the landscape of the Marvel Universe, this year finally brought us the long-awaited sequel to SPIDER-MEN.

And on December 27, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s SPIDER-MEN II #5 concludes this epic tale. The issue will also mark some of the prolific writer’s final moments with two characters he’s spent more time with than most.

We talked with Brian about the end of this era and what his final (for now) statement on the Spider-Man mythos will be. When the original limited series ended, did you already have this story in mind? Or did things change after Secret Wars?

Brian Michael Bendis: All of this changed after Secret Wars. The entire landscape of the Marvel multiverse changed and with that so many pieces got shifted around, including where Miles lived. Sometimes readers will hear this and get concerned about all the stories that can’t be told anymore but I get more focused on the new ones that could be told. SPIDER-MEN II is absolutely one of the stories that could not be told without the glorious liquid organic nature of the shared Marvel multiverse. The interplay between Peter and Miles in this story feels very different than it did in the first go around. How do you see their relationship now?

Brian Michael Bendis: This is the reason I wanted to revisit the relationship. I’m very fascinated by the complicated emotions that come with being part of this growing legacy of Spider-Man. On one hand you have Peter Parker, who became Spider-Man not to start a legacy of people with spider powers who would then rise to his challenge, but only for himself. It has become this growing legacy and he lives with the idea that with great power comes great responsibility, so he won’t shirk the responsibility of it all. At the same time you have Miles, who has probably taken the mantle as far as anyone other than Peter has taken it and also feels conflicted. Though he has Peter’s approval and his path as a hero has been righteous, he now questions whether this is his path at all. This is Peter’s path. It doesn’t mean it’s also his. It’s all so deeply confusing.

Miles’ best friend Ganke has even told him that yes, it’s great that you can be Spider-Man and it’s great that Spider-Man approves of you being Spider-Man, but maybe you’re just a really good guitarist in a really good cover band. It’s really hard to play the song you’re playing and only a few people can, but it’s still someone else’s song. What is Miles’ song? And is it this? Does he just has to come to terms with it or might there be another path? What made you choose Taskmaster as the villain?

Brian Michael Bendis: He’s an amazing gun for hire. He feels so passionate but also very eager to sell to the highest bidder. So it’s always interesting to drop him into a story like this because you don’t know which Taskmaster you’re getting. The gun for hire or the passionate cause? He’s a mystery. Where he gets his powers from varies from time to time. I love him as a dispassionate foil. He’s such a product of the Marvel modern universe. The Earth-616 Miles’ origin story hearkens back to more of your crime fiction roots and work on DAREDEVIL than what we’ve been used to with your Spidey stories. Did you consciously bring things full circle that way?

Brian Michael Bendis: Yes and no. I have kept the Kingpin thread going through ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN for storylines all the way through today because I think it’s as important to the Miles/Peter journey as Aunt May’s or Ganke’s. I think The Kingpin is a fascinating individual because he is a real person. He has lived a cultured and varied life while, at the same time, ruling with violence and intimidation. He has love and he has loved. This makes him a passionate antagonist.

The idea that Kingpin might have been the Ganke to 616 Miles sort of came to me as I wrote them and it made me fall in love with both of them. I think the most surprising part of the story has been that The Kingpin would let someone out of his grip. That he loved someone so much that he would let him go. That he would trust Miles enough to let him go. For Wilson, that sounds like ultimate friendship that he only gave to one person. You’ve written various iterations of Wilson Fisk, so what do you see as his role in the Spidey mythology compared to his role with Daredevil?

Brian Michael Bendis: I truly think the Kingpin’s story has been a very important part of the Spider-Man mythology. I have used it as a backbone for what Ultimate Spider-Man would learn about the adult world. That truth and justice might not be for everyone. That sometimes the bad guy wins. Also for Peter and Miles to come up against someone so human and yet almost mythological at the same time is very interesting to write. SPIDER-MEN II #4 ends with a killer cliffhanger, as this new Miles prepares to enter an alternate reality looking to find a living version of his lost love. What can you tease about what he might find there?

Brian Michael Bendis: Inside the final issue sits a pile of easily the most requested things anyone has ever asked me for on the Internet. We have so many amazing surprises. I didn’t know at the time that I was writing it that it would be among the last Spider-Man stories I would ever write. But I am so happy that my instincts pointed me to write so boldly and to include my dear friend [artist] Mark Bagley in the proceedings. It created a wonderful capping moment for an 18 year run on Spider-Man.

Last year when I started writing this I didn’t know I would be leaving the characters. I just knew that the emotional core of the first SPIDER-MEN limited series was the reason the book is so well thought of and that the emotional core to this series had to be equally surprising. So I accidentally created some final moments for Peter and Miles that I am so grateful for. Though I will be leaving the characters and this universe for at least a few years, I am so grateful for the journey we’ve taken together. I am so excited to see what the new creators do. I hope they find new avenues and truths that inspires years of new storytelling.

SPIDER-MEN II #5, by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, reaches its climax on December 27!

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Brian Michael Bendis previews the series finale!

On November 29, Marvel’s high-flying spider-duo returns for their series swan song—and you can expect double the excitement, double the Spider-heroes, and even double the Spider-artists.

SPIDER-MEN II #5 marks writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s final issue of the limited series. And as a surprise, “Mark Bagley makes a very special appearance,” teases Bendis.

So what do these arachnologists have in store? We bugged Bendis to give us the inside scoop. The final issue has arrived! What can readers expect with issue #5?

Brian Michael Bendis: Miles Morales and Peter Parker have teamed up because the mercenary Taskmaster has caused a lot of chaos behind a portal to another dimension. At first we don’t know what he wants or what’s going on, but it gets revealed that Taskmaster has been on a fact finding mission for someone named Miles Morales.

Not our Miles Morales. A different Miles Morales.

But what does he want and why? And how does it connected to our Miles? What can you tell us about this other Miles and how he might be connected to our heroes?

Brian Michael Bendis: We now know from the reveal in issue #3 and #4 that this new Miles Morales became a very close friend of a young Wilson Fisk and saw Wilson’s ascension to the ranks of Kingpin. We discover that this Miles did not have the same taste for blood and ambitions as Wilson, so Wilson created a situation for his dear friend to disappear and live happily ever after with the woman of his dreams. That is why no one has ever heard of him…until now. Last we saw, Miles didn’t know much about his mysterious namesake. What might be his big concerns heading into the last issue?

Brian Michael Bendis: Our Miles doesn’t know that he intercepted this other Miles’ mission to find his lost love. The other Miles’ wife has passed from a terrible illness. He lost his lifelong love and is now despondent and desperate. His wife’s funeral became the place where Wilson reunited with his once best friend and told him about other dimensions and other worlds and other versions of people in a hope to ease his pain—it sent this Miles on a quest. Our Miles doesn’t know that this Miles has been searching for his long-lost love in other dimensions. What have been Peter’s and Miles’ biggest challenges in this series? In the last issue?

Brian Michael Bendis: The legacy of Spider-Man. Is it a legacy? Or just the destiny of one man?

Peter never intended the name to be a movement or a mythology. It was his stand against crime. His burden. But now Miles and others have cast new responsibility onto the legacy of Spider-Man and no one really asked Peter what he thought of any of it. So this will be answered in this issue.

Both characters are on a lifelong journey of self-discovery—this is hardly the end, but a very important, pivotal chapter for both of them.

And I do not say that lightly. How has Pete and Miles’ relationship changed over the course of this series?

Brian Michael Bendis: When they first met, Miles was a very young man and Peter was a struggling scientist. Now, Miles has arrived on the other side of high school and Peter is a…recovering billionaire. They have both been through an enormous amount of personal growth and change since they first met. And their relationship has evolved. It’s becoming less mentor-student and more Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They’re both very good, but one just has a lot more experience. Will we see alternate, criminal Miles moving forward from SPIDER-MEN II?

Brian Michael Bendis: What criminal Miles does in this issue will surprise just about everybody who has read anything I’ve done in the last couple of years.

We knew doing a sequel to the original SPIDER-MEN would be doing a sequel to something that people had a great deal of fondness towards. I wanted to make sure that this limited series, on its own merits, lived up to that.

Where this new Miles goes and what he does will be very surprising! I felt surprised writing it. What can you tease about the issue? Any surprises heading our way?

Brian Michael Bendis: Abso-thwipping-lutely!

That was so Stan of me.

A lot happens. A lot is seen, discovered, and learned. Legitimate choices get made, legitimate chapters close, while others open. It’s big. Anything you want to add?

Brian Michael Bendis: The publication of this issue actually marks my 18th anniversary as a Spider-Man writer. There hasn’t been one month in the last 18 years where I haven’t written at least one Spider-Man related title released all over the world.

The original SPIDER-MEN series was, at the time, my ultimate statement on the franchise and I thought about that, and I thought about the number 18—a very big number in Judaism (I’m Jewish, shock)—and I wanted to make sure that this series expressed that in an elegant and honest fashion.

Don’t miss SPIDER-MEN II #5, by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, on November 29!

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Watch a brand new episode of 'Marvel's Spider-Man' this weekend on Disney XD!

Spider-Man and Miles Morales find themselves as prey in a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” airing this Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 A.M. on Disney XD!

In “Kraven’s Amazing Hunt,” reality star Kraven the Hunter goes after Spider-Man and Miles Morales. They must defeat the villain before he unmasks them on live television! Check out the preview above and tune in this weekend on Disney XD!

Stay tuned to for the latest on “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and all things Marvel Television.

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Nadji Jeter talks about the newest spider-family member in a brand new episode this weekend!

The animated series “Marvel’s Spider-Man” is one big, happy, spider-family. This new original series on Disney XD features Peter Parker and friends coming into their powers while also navigating the life of a typical teen.

We spoke with Nadji Jeter about the impact of voicing the newest Spider-Man team member, Miles Morales. Jeter talked about how Miles’s new powers come with new responsibilities. Now why does that phrase sound so familiar? What’s it like being a part of the Marvel’s Spider-Man team?

Nadji Jeter: It is such an honor and such a blessing to be a part of Marvel because Marvel has such an impact on kids. So when I got cast, I was speechless. To be a part of this family is such an honor. What does the character of Miles Morales mean to you?

Nadji Jeter: I love this kid because he’s one of the smartest kids at Horizon High—but the youngest. And that gave me the opportunity to channel my inner kid, to really go back into that mindset of being a young boy again. At the same time, the difference between me and Miles is he has a great responsibility—to grow with him and watch him learn—and to see the world that he’s in, is crazy. In the episode, you get to see how Miles realizes his powers as they’re happening, how do you think he feels about this new responsibility?

Nadji Jeter: He’s definitely handling it, he has a lot of mentors around in his school that are teaching him the ways of growing up and being a teenager. But with this responsibility he has the blessing of being Peter Parker’s friend, and Peter’s gone through the same exact thing. I just love seeing the growth of Miles. Miles gets a lot of super hero advice from Peter, how do you think that dynamic works for someone just coming into their powers?

Nadji Jeter: With Peter having these powers prior to Miles, I think it’s going to make Miles ten times better than who he is as a super hero and a person. Peter is teaching Miles the mistakes that he made, so it’s a blessing because Miles is going to learn so much more, with having the knowledge and wisdom from a legend and veteran in the world already. Miles seems a little reckless—in that he can’t wait to tell his friends, he wants to avoid tests to make sure he’s ok—do you think Peter is jealous of Miles impulsiveness?

Nadji Jeter: I don’t think he’s jealous; I just think he’s trying to have more control. In telling Miles with great power comes great responsibility—that is Peter’s main message to Miles—he really wants to get that through to his head. I mean he is 13-years-old, with a lot of superpowers—more than Peter has endured—so the world is going to see a lot.

He’s taking matters into his own hands and learning and growing. We’re going to see the impact it has on little kids now—with Miles being an African-American Spider-Man—we’re going to see a lot of diversity and change, and it’s going to be amazing. It’s nice to see Miles interact with his dad, it’s a funny dynamic as well since the father doesn’t know who he’s a super hero. How do you think their relationship factors into Miles developing his powers?

Nadji Jeter: Eventually Miles’s dad is going to see the effect that Miles has on the world. You’re going to see their connection—how he actually reveals to people who he is—at the same time he’ll have some struggles. Miles was throwing out names for his super hero, like Spider-Kid and Kid Arachnid. If you could choose a name for a new team member of the Spider-Man family, what would it be?

Nadji Jeter: That’s a really good question. I would want to say…well, there’s already a Black Widow. That’s ironic! Maybe she should just hop in because she’s already in the spider-family!

Be sure to check out Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in a brand-new episode of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” titled ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ this Saturday, September 23, 8:00 – 8:30 AM EDT on Disney XD!

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Brian Michael Bendis breaks down the labyrinthine life of Miles Morales!

Life can be complicated for a teenager who counts being a super hero as one of his extracurricular activities. And nobody knows that better than Miles Morales.

Juggling school, friends, love interests, and parents with a life as Spider-Man might finally be too much for Miles—and on October 4, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Nico Leon test the Webbed Wonder’s limits in SPIDER-MAN #21!

As Miles feels the weight of his alter ego more than ever, we asked Brian what it must be like coming of age while living a super hero life. What are the challenges Miles faces on a daily basis?

Brian Michael Bendis: It’s never been more complicated. Like every teenager in the United States, he lives a very complicated life full of responsibilities he didn’t have just months before. The Spider-Man part of his life could easily be a stand-in for sports or arts or social responsibilities—it takes up so much time that it consumes all of the energy in his life and he has almost nothing left for anything else. After years of this, it starts to catch up with him in a gigantic way. From getting involved with Hammerhead to being arrested, Miles has had a lot to handle lately. How does Miles deal with the difficulty of being pulled in a million different directions at once? 

Brian Michael Bendis: It’s definitely illuminating the fact that something’s wrong. Something feels off. He’s not bringing his “A” game right now, but he’s looking into why and looking to make some changes. How do you approach writing Miles’ specific set of teenage problems?

Brian Michael Bendis: Most teenagers’ lives are so complicated. That’s why so many people relate to the SPIDER-MAN franchise—they know that even if they had spider powers, as cool as they are, it wouldn’t make life easier. Most people know that if they had powers, it would probably make their life more complicated and more frustrating. People read Spider-Man to have that cathartic experience. What will Miles do to address these issues and reorganize his life? 

Brian Michael Bendis: Starting with GENERATIONS: SPIDER-MAN and heading into SPIDER-MEN II and then the main title, we’re going to see one of the most exciting changes to a character. We’re going to see him take it on. We’re going to see him take life by the horns and try something that no one else in Marvel comics has tried.

Brian Michael Bendis and artist Nico Leon present SPIDER-MAN #21 on October 4!

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War's hard on everyone, especially super-powered kids.

Each week, we use our super sleuth skills to dig into the histories of the characters fighting on both sides of Secret Empire!

Wars, whether overt or secret, take their toll on everyone involved. Soldiers fight the battles, their families try to go on living back home and children do their best to understand the whole thing.

SECRET EMPIRE may have ended last week with the true Steve Rogers returning thanks to the efforts of Bucky Barnes, Kobik and everyone else who resisted Hydra’s advances. But, just because Captain America’s back to normal, doesn’t mean the damage gets fixed in an instant, at least in some cases.

This week’s CHAMPIONS #12, by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos, examined the current status of the team in the wake of their incredible and horrible experiences during the conflict, which we’ll examine now! 

Champions (2016) #12

Champions (2016) #12

What is Marvel Unlimited?

This version of The Champions – Totally Awesome Hulk, Young Cyclops, Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Miles Morales Spider-Man and Nova – initially came together because they didn’t like how the adult heroes handled the business of saving the world.

Even though they had their differences, the Champions joined up with the rest of the adult heroes in the Underground after Captain America took over the country in the name of Hydra.

As Secret Empire kicked off, their ranks swelled to include Ironheart as well as the new versions of Wasp, Falcon and Patriot. When Black Widow split off from the rest of the resistance fighters, intent on taking Steve Rogers out for good, the Champions followed her.

Even though Miles Morales had seen the same vision of himself killing Captain America as everyone else in CIVIL WAR II, he and his team intended to let Black Widow train them in the Red Room – as seen in SECRET EMPIRE UPRISING #1 – but never fully agreed with the idea of killing Steve Rogers. 

Secret Empire: Uprising (2017) #1

Secret Empire: Uprising (2017) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

UPRISING also saw the Champions infiltrate the Hydra Youth Choir, a plan designed by Widow to get them close to Viper and eventually flip her to their side. This move allowed both Miles and Black Widow to get close enough to Steve Rogers to kill him, but instead Cap killed his former Avengers comrade and Miles gave himself up.

The remaining members of the team did their best to continue fighting against Hydra-Cap, but were temporarily erased from existence after he used a Cosmic Cube-created armor to rewrite history. As we mentioned above, though, Bucky’s plan to bring Kobik and Steve back worked and everyone returned to the land of the living, though still with the memories of what happened.

The Empire Strikes Back

In addition to bringing dead characters like Rick Jones and Black Widow back from the dead, Kobik also offered legacy characters like Miles, Amadeus, Sam Wilson, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Kate Burton, Jane Foster, Wolverine and Iron Heart a “journey of discovery…through the Vanishing Point.” Upon returning in the next panel, these individuals had been restored. To see exactly how, you’ll have to get the various GENERATIONS one-shots that feature these heroes meeting up with their predecessors in ways that allow long-dead or earlier versions of characters to interact with their modern counterparts.

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Author Jason Reynolds maps out the Webbed Wonder’s new prose novel!

Meet Miles Morales, your average Brooklyn teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, playing old-school video games with his best friend Ganke, crushing on his brainy, beautiful classmate Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at a prestigious private school.

Oh yeah—and he’s Spider-Man.

National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Jason Reynolds presents “Miles Morales: Spider-Man”—a young adult prose novel—available now!

Miles has been having nightmares. And his Spidey Sense is on the fritz. As he negotiates the trials of everyday life, as well as those that come with his special abilities, Miles uncovers a chilling plot—one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and his own life at risk. In response, Miles Morales can only do one thing: suit up.

We sat down with Jason Reynolds to learn more about the novel, Miles’ background, and the trouble that lies ahead for our young hero. We’ve seen Peter Parker grapple what it means to be a hero before—how did you approach this theme when writing for Miles?

Jason Reynolds: I wanted to upend the power and responsibility trope by figuring out how to address the idea that Miles is a teenager with super human abilities—how there aren’t many teenagers with special powers who would naturally lean toward being responsible with them…though he always has his best friend Ganke to encourage moments of silliness, especially if there are extra capabilities involved.

I also wanted to delve into Miles struggling with whether or not he’s worthy of such responsibility; if he deserves to be special. And it felt important to focus on the weight of having a hierarchy of responsibility—that his home, block, and neighborhood have to be priorities before he can save the rest of New York City. Having written books like “Ghost,” “All American Boys,” and “Patina,” you’re no stranger to the world of young adults. Did any lessons from those works carry over to this one?

Jason Reynolds: Of course. The most important carryover will always be that kids are kids. There’s no way to write them well unless you write them whole—with fears and insecurities, laughter and foolishness, and a certain level of mundane magic. All young people have a peculiarity that comes in an “ordinary” package. For instance, the ability to be quick-witted, or hyper-creative when it comes to survival, or even having something like a Spidey Sense, which in actuality could just be an keen sense of discernment—which kids who grow up in certain environments have. Were there any new or unique challenges that you discovered when tackling a Marvel story?

Jason Reynolds: Only one—suspending reality. It was strange to write about Miles leaping onto buildings and shooting webs. I didn’t think it would be a challenge because I grew up with Spider-Man, but I have to admit, the first time I wrote him being “super,” it made me laugh. But then I got used to it. How did you go about capturing the “kid” side of Spider-Man? How does it influence his motivations in the novel?

Jason Reynolds: We see him more as a kid than anything else because he spends more time as Miles than as Spider-Man. We see him wrestling with his feelings for a young lady, we see him struggling with dance moves, playing video games, joking with Ganke, and being teased by his father and his father’s friends. I’m not sure it affects how he sees himself as a hero, besides serving to remind him that he’s just a teenager—that being Spider-Man feels even more like an abnormality in relationship to his everyday life. Let’s talk a little bit about this sinister plot Miles uncovers. What can you give away about what it entails and who might be behind it?

Jason Reynolds: Hmm…I really don’t want to spoil this. Let’s see…I wanted to take one of America’s biggest issues, the thorn—the dagger—deep in the side of our country, and personify it. To make a macro system into a single person whose purpose isn’t just to stop Miles, but to convince him that he could never be a hero in the first place. Friends and family have always played important roles in Spider-Man comics—how do those concepts factor into this novel?

Jason Reynolds: I just wanted Miles’s friends and family to feel real enough to ground him. That’s the reason the book begins with his family and best friend. Everything else about this story sprouts from this group of people—his mother, father, and friend—and Miles’s relationship with them. They drive the levity, and passively create the framework for Miles’s past and present. We learn more about him by learning more about them. What ideas, characters, or plotlines would you consider exploring in a possible follow-up to this book?

Jason Reynolds: I’ve been thinking about this. I’d love to learn more about a few of his classmates and friends. His crush, Alicia. And the character Austin. I love them. Also, Ganke. The three of them are completely different, but Alicia’s courage, Austin’s imprisonment and backstory—and Ganke, because he’s awesome. More Ganke!

As far as plotlines go, there’s something in me that wants Miles to get kicked out of school for “disciplinary reasons” and be forced to attend a neighborhood public school. He’s been in an elite private school and therefore might be an outcast, ostracized by his new classmates—which leads him to using his powers…irresponsibility. Would be super fun to write.

Explore the world of Jason Reynolds’ “Miles Morales: Spider-Man”—out now!

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It’s a blast from the past as Miles Morales hits the halls of Empire State University!

On September 27, Miles Morales swings back in time to barge in and complicate the already overly complex and stressful life of a young Peter Parker. In GENERATIONS: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN & PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #1, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ramon Perez throw Miles into the world imagined by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko to help him learn just where he fits in to the Spider-Man legacy from the kid who started it all.

“I was very excited about this because the Generations project allows heroes from today to meet their heroes, but at a very specific time in their development,” notes Bendis, “This moment I’ve chosen, as tiny as it is, it’s everything as far as the characters are concerned.” Looks like Peter’s first day of college will be a learning experience for not just one, but two Spider-Men.

As it stands Miles has only ever met the older, wiser and more successful Peter Parker of his time, so it’s understandable that the teenager has come down with a case of “woe is me, no one can possibly understand my solely unique and never felt before struggles of spider life.”

Okay, so Miles may not be that dramatic but you get the gist.

“Miles is always struggling to balance his Spider-Man life, and his Miles life, and his friends, and his family, and his appearance and, you know, Peter doesn’t have any friends, he doesn’t have any parents, he doesn’t have any of these things that Miles is struggling with,” Bendis reminds. Nothing like popping in on a low point in someone else’s life to hit you with a good old-fashioned reality check.

Miles has never seen this Peter before, explains Bendis; it’s a Peter much darker and Miles will see something he can never un-see. And though the writer says seeing the darkness that inspired Peter’s choices at this crossroads in his life will be surprising it will also be a big influence on Miles and his choices moving directly into Marvel Legacy beginning in SPIDER-MAN #234.

Generations: Miles Morales Spider-Man & Peter Parker Spider-Man #1 cover by Ramon Perez

The two stand apart as very different characters leading pretty different lives, especially in the years following the receipt of their powers. Peter has established himself as the independent, go it alone type, while Miles almost always has the help of his friends. Peter stands out as an exceptional student, while Miles remains more, as Bendis puts it, “intuitive.” Peter has not much in the way of accountability when it comes to showing up, whereas there is always someone looking for Miles. Peter gets lost in his own world and disregards those around him, while Miles stays more concerned with keeping up appearances and figuring out how to manage each aspect of his life.

This juxtaposition of Miles and Peter’s character will be showcased in not just the writing of this issue but the art as well, as Perez tries to infuse his own unique style with some Steve Ditko inspired flares: “To capture the spirit of it without imitating it was a big deal to me,” insists Bendis. “That extra level of staying true to yourself yet somehow processing the spirit of Steve Ditko was the challenge we put to Ramon Perez, and boy did he deliver,” adding that as new pages come in he finds himself slow clapping his computer.

So while Peter may or may not think Miles just a delusion caused by a stress induced psychotic breakdown—we’ve all been there, Pete—this meeting will weigh pretty heavily on Miles’ future. “This is the beginning of what I think is a big, surprising year,” teases Bendis, “He’s a young man about to crawl above the influence of his parents, and Uncle Aaron, and Peter Parker and become his own man and that’s pretty exciting, whatever form that takes.”

Catch all the life altering excitement in GENERATIONS: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN & PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #1 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Ramon Perez out September 27.

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