Any hope that Miles Morales, the Spider-Man who followed in the footsteps of Peter Parker in the Marvel comics, will make it to the big screen in the “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise has been duly dashed. Though there had been some speculation that a non-Peter Parker Spidey could be featured in one of Sony’s films, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have shut that dream down.
“The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside — who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today’s world in many ways,” Arad tells The Playlist. “But to have multiple ones … I don’t know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.”
That might be disappointing for fans hoping to see a Spider-Man of color like Miles grace the big screen, but the past couple of years should have taught viewers that the cinema isn’t the only home for superheroes. More and more studios are trying their hand at bringing comic books to television — from “Arrow” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” to the forthcoming “Gotham” and “Daredevil” — so why not Spider-Man too?
Sony is already developing a “Powers” TV series for the PlayStation 4. It’s only one more step to try out an “Ultimate Spider-Man” TV show with Miles Morales as the title character, whether it also lives on the PS4 (to compete with the Xbox Originals line-up, of course) or on a broadcast network. Who knows, maybe Donald Glover would even return to television to take the role, since he has made it more than clear he’d like to play the first live action black Spider-Man.
The demand for a Spider-Man other than Peter Parker won’t go away no matter how many times Sony has to reboot the “Spider-Man” movies (Andrew Garfield tells Comic Book Resources that his time as the character is inevitably limited). Why not see if Spider-Man can thrive on the small screen as well as Superman and Arrow have? Miles Morales’s story is one of the best Spider-Man arcs in recent years, and he deserves his time in the spotlight as much as Peter Parker does. Garfield agrees.
“Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” star tells CBR of bringing Miles to life. “And I do believe that we can do that. It’s something I’m really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch. I don’t have an answer, but I think it’s actually a really important move. I think it’s a really beautiful and important move.”