Marvel Thinks Peter Parker Should Be the Only Cinematic Spider-Man

Posted 5:51 PM April 30th, 2014 by Jeff Giles

Even back in the good old days when Peter Parker was the only Spider-Man the Marvel comics universe had to offer, the character was still such big business that he anchored at least two ongoing titles at any given moment -- and now, between Marvel's Ultimate universe and the various future/alternate Spider-Men swinging around different timelines and dimensions, it can be hard to keep track of which Web-Head is under the mask at any given moment.

Don't expect that to be reflected in Marvel's cinematic universe anytime soon, however. Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach recently spoke with the Playlist about the Spider-Man franchise's future prospects, and they were somewhat surprisingly blunt when asked whether film fans could expect to see one of the other Spideys -- like, say, Miles Morales, the black Hispanic kid who currently wields the web in the Ultimate comics -- star in a future installment of the series.

"No," insisted Arad. "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."

Arad's comments come on the heels of current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield's public musing that it might be cool to have Morales take over after the next reboot, and while it's easy to see where he's coming from in terms of consistency, at some point, the Marvel movies will need to catch up to the comics' growing willingness to test multicultural waters.

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