There's this alternate universe Marvel Comics line called Ultimate, and in that universe Peter Parker died. But Spider-Man lives on, as a kid named Miles Morales has taken up the mantle. Miles Morales is a Black HIspanic character, and he's become not only a symbol of exciting progressive values in comic storytelling, he's become beloved by fans. He's even met the Peter Parker from the main Marvel Universe, and there's a sequel to that crossover coming up, which some believe will bring Miles Morales into the Marvel Universe completely.
Recently Andrew Garfield, who said he's done with The Amazing Spider-Man after the next film, mentioned that perhaps whoever takes over from him could play Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker; fandom loved the idea, which is inclusive and exciting and different (things we can't say about the Amazing Spider-Man movies). That would be an incredible direction to take the fourth (seventh) film in the series. It would be historic and could inject this dying franchise with energy.
Except it won't happen.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach - the guys responsible for the mishandling of Spider-Man at Sony - say that Peter Parker is their Spider-Man forever.
Are Miles Morales ("Ultimate Spider-Man"), Ben Reilly (clone Spider-Man) or Miguel O'Hara ("Spider-Man 2099") on the table? If you want a Spider-Man movie every year why not bring in some of the other variations?
Arad: No. 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. 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.
So Spider-Man in the cinematic realm will always be Peter Parker?
Tolmach: As far as we're concerned. The guys who take it over after us… Who knows…
Please, someone else take it over. The idea that they are outright dismissing interesting story and character possibilities is heartbreaking, and indicative of what's wrong with this series.
What do you think? Would you like to see Miles Morales make it to the big screen? Are six Peter Parker movies (and also spin-offs) enough for now?