Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:49:22 GMT | By Francis Whittaker
Spider-Man's 50th anniversary

New Spider-Man introduced (2011)

Miles Morales (© AP Photo/Marvel)
  • Spider-Man 2 (© Rex Features)
  • Spider-Man 3 (© Sony Pics/Everett / Rex Features)
  • Spider-Man musical (© JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)
  • Miles Morales (© AP Photo/Marvel)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (© Columbia Pics/Everett / Rex Features)
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In 2011, Marvel introduced a new Spider-Man to their Ultimate Marvel continuity. Inspired partly by Barack Obama's election to the White House, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli created the character of Miles Morales - an African American teen who gains powers similar to those of Peter Parker. Some dismissed the creation of Morales as a politically correct publicity stunt, but the comics have gained generally positive reviews.