Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did we almost already have a Marvel Universe version of Miles Morales? Did Captain America and Falcon end with a set-up for a Falcon series that never came to exist? Did The Killing Joke really begin life as a Batman Annual?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Brian Michael Bendis originally planned to have a Marvel Universe version of Miles Morales star in Spider-Men.
It will still be a number of months until we learn the precise resolution of Marvel’s current universe-altering crossover, Secret Wars…
but one thing remains clear. Whatever the situation is after Secret Wars ends, the Ultimate Universe will no longer be around but Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man WILL be part of the Marvel Universe, specifically as a member of the All-New, All-Different Avengers…
Miles was one of the first Ultimate Universe character to interact with a Marvel Universe character when he crossed over with the Marvel Universe Peter Parker in the hit mini-series Spider-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, as Peter Parker gets stranded in the Ultimate Universe…
At the end of the series, after returning home, Peter looks up HIS universe’s Miles Morales, and gets a surprise…
That ending was never followed up on, but what’s interesting is that originally, the series WAS going to introduce the Marvel Universe version of Miles Morales. In his original pitch for the series, Brian Michael Bendis had two notable ideas that never came about. One, he wanted to use the series to introduce Miles to Ultimate Mary Jane Watson to start up a friendship between the two. And two, he wanted to introduce the Marvel Universe version of Miles Morales, with the intent that he would become Peter’s best friend and an instant supporting cast member over in Amazing Spider-Man.
For whatever reason, those two aspects of the pitch did not end up coming true, but perhaps it was for the best, as now the Ultimate Universe Miles Morales will be the Marvel Universe Miles Morales!
Thanks to Brian Michael Bendis for the information, as he shared his original pitch in his book Words For Pictures.
Check out some entertainment and sports legends from this week at Legends Revealed:
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On the next page, learn how Captain America and the Falcon ended with the set-up for a Falcon series that never came to exist!
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