Some spoilers for this Wednesday's Ultimate Fallout #4 follow (and the identity of the new Ultimate Spider-Man). So don't read any further if you don't want to learn the spoilers.
In the first episode of David E. Kelley's Boston Legal, James Spader's character, Alan Shore, is representing a little girl who was turned down for the role of Little Orphan Annie because she was black. The case is not going well when, all of a sudden, Al Sharpton walks in making a dramatic speech. He finishes with:
You talk about racial equality, how we're making progress. The problem with that progress is it's always a day away. Tomorrow, tomorrow-you love that!-because it's always a day away. I'm here to stick out my chin today! Today! Give us an African-American Spider Man! Give us a black that can run faster than a speeding bullet and leap over tall buildings in a single bound! Not tomorrow-today! Today! The sun needs to come out today! Not tomorrow, your Honor! God Almighty! Give the American people a black Orphan Annie. It's just not good enough to say she doesn't look the part.
I thought of this today with the news from USAToday that the new Ultimate Spider-Man will be revealed in this Wednesday's Ultimate Fallout #4.
Read to see the new Ultimate Spider-Man!
Yep, Miles Morales (great name, by the way) is a half-Hispanic/half-African-American kid who is the new Spider-Man.
Smart idea by Marvel. If you're introducing a brand-new character ANYways, you really should be looking to improve the diversity of your comics.
So this is nice news. And Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli is a really nice creative team, so the new Ultimate Spider-Man book should be good, as well.