Year One of Bendis & Pichelli's "Spider-Man" Is the Sequel to "Spider-Men"

Last weekend, Marvel Comics announced the latest of its All-New, All-Different series slated to debut following the conclusion of "Secret Wars." "Spider-Man," starring Miles Morales and a mentoring Peter Parker, will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Sarah Pichelli, and according to Bendis, it establishes without a doubt that Miles is the true Spider-Man. "Our message has to be it's not Spider-Man with an asterisk," the writer stated in the series announcement. "It's the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else."

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Today, in a conversation with Marvel.com, Bendis and Pichelli provided more details about the upcoming series, promising that this title and Miles' role in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" is "just the beginning."

"The thing I get asked about every day, is a sequel to SPIDER-MEN, the [series] we did a couple of years ago where Peter Parker met Miles," Bendis also told Marvel.com. "Consider the first year of this book the sequel to that series. But if you never read that, don't worry about it. It will all make sense."

Bendis said he was initially taken aback by the plans to merge Miles' story with that of the main Marvel Universe, but despite his initial reaction to the news, the writer ultimately chose to continue to develop the character with his longtime collaborator. "Miles will have a very interesting but familiar street-level/ Spider-Man-level view of the Marvel Universe," Bendis said, explaining what it was about the upcoming status quo that appealed to him enough to write the young hero's new adventures. "Once those elements revealed themselves, I politely asked to not leave the book. Story ideas flooded over me."

"A lot of people may be worried about Miles' supporting cast, Miles continuity, Miles' back story," Bendis continued. "Also, exactly what Miles relationship is to the other characters. None of these things have been revealed and many of them will be surprising."

"There's a whole new level of emotional complexity in this new series that we'll see from Miles," Pichelli added. "In this new series, we can really feel that Miles has grown up. And seeing the process of growth of a character and his evolution? Well, it's deeply exciting."

Stay tuned to CBR News for more from Bendis, Pichelli and Miles Morales' new role as the one, true "Spider-Man."

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