With reporting by Josh Horowitz
There was good news and bad news for Spider-Man fans today (April 11) depending if you're a fan of the classic Marvel character Peter Parker, or his Ultimate update, Miles Morales. The good news? When Spider-Man finally teams up with the Avengers on screen, it'll be Peter wearing the red and blue costume.
The bad news? That means Miles Morales, a popular character in his own right who has spawned multiple internet memes and grassroots efforts to get him in a movie, won't be seen teaming up with Iron Man and his amazing friends.
Or... Does it?
A quick step back: earlier in the day, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige confirmed that Peter would be in the costume, and would be a high school-aged kid. This is all part of Marvel Studios' cooperative deal with Sony -- who owns the rights to Spider-Man on film -- to add the now Andrew Garfield-less character into the fabric of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with "The Avengers."
It'll lead to his debut in a yet-to-be-determined Marvel movie (though current rumors peg him appearing as early as 2016's "Captain America: Civil War"), as well as a brand-new "Spider-Man" movie featuring the lucky young actor in his own solo outing.
However, when MTV News sat down with Feige, we found out that just because Peter will show up first, doesn't mean Miles is out of the running.
"No, I mean we always thought it should be Peter," Feige said. "We've never seen the MCU version of Peter Parker, and it felt like we needed to see that first."
The key word here is first. Whenever Spider-Man shows up for the first time, Feige does, in fact, confirm that it'll be Aunt May's favorite wheatcake devourer. But along with a good portion of the world, Feige is also a Morales fan.
"Miles, I think, is awesome," Feige continued. "There are opportunities for him, for sure, if this all works."
That's the key part. Beyond the idea of introducing Spider-Man on screen for the third time, it's also working him into the already-in-process fabric of the mega-story started in "Iron Man;" and of course, there's the business aspect of Marvel, who is owned by Disney, teaming up with Sony.
There's a number of iffy factors involved, though Feige and company have had a golden touch in the past.
But let's talk about one of the reasons why Miles Morales is such a lightning rod for fans: he's not just the kid who replaced Peter Parker after he "died" in Marvel's Ultimate Comics line of stories... He's also half African-American, half Latino. And in case you weren't aware, race is a topic a lot of America still has issues with (and not just the kind that feature Miles' adventures and are released monthly).
Having Miles Morales in the identity of a someone who is arguably the premiere superhero in the entire world is a huge step forward not just for the comic book industry, but for young children of color (and not) who want a superhero they can identify with, instead of just the predominantly Caucasian heroes that dominate on page and screen.
So it's with a certain sense of disappointment that those hoping Marvel might go more diverse with their casting dealt with the news that Peter was in, and Miles was out.
But just as Peter being in doesn't necessarily mean the second part of that sentence, also just because Marvel is going with Peter doesn't mean we'll see just another white dude on screen. When asked about going another route, Feige didn't rule the idea out.
"Maybe," Feige said. "The field is very wide right now in terms of who we're looking at -- within a certain age range."
Like the whole prospect of Spider-Man entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's a lot of "ifs" involved. But also like the heroes of the MCU themselves... Feige's words inspire hope.