Brian Michael Bendis
The comic great on his new Defenders series and what’s next for the Spider-Men.
After writing 133 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis has been chronicling Miles Morales’ adventures in the main Marvel 616 Universe for the past 18 months. Having also teamed the half Puerto-Rican, half African-American 16-year-old wallcrawler up with the original web-head Peter Parker in 2012’s Spider-Men, the pair are set to meet again in this month’s Spider-Men 2. And if that wasn’t enough Spidey action, one or maybe both of the arachnid heroes will play a supporting role in Bendis and David Marquez’s new Defenders series, which, like its forthcoming small-screen equivalent, centres around the superpowered ensemble of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
How have you enjoyed your time with the Miles Morales character in the main Marvel Universe?
It’s worked out well. I was nervous about it at first and I had even left the book at one point because I imagined it was time to go. But I can’t imagine that now because I’m so invested in the stories that we’re telling, and the levels on which we’re telling the stories. Miles’s voice is so different from Peter’s, and the supporting cast – and the stories that came with them – are so different from Peter’s as well.
You first introduced Miles in 2011 after the death of the Ultimate Universe Peter Parker. Were there ever any plans to resurrect Ultimate Peter?
We were never going to bring Ultimate Peter back. That was never going to happen in a traditional sense, so I was grateful when the decision was made to fold the Ultimate Universe after sixteen very exciting years of my life; that Marvel were going to pull Miles, the Maker (evil Ultimate Reed Richards) and some other things that I’m really proud of out of the wreckage and give them new life.
Are you pleased about how enthusiastically the fans have embraced Miles?
How people have responded to Miles has been even more amazing than the worldwide acceptance of Jessica Jones. Last week I was in the Sony offices, looking at the animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales that’s coming out late next year. It was really crazy to think that Miles was originally just me, the artist Sara Pichelli and the editors at Marvel, and now it’s literally hundreds of people working on this
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Miles’s girlfriend was created and designed by Bendis and Pichelli