Spider-Man (Tom Holland) made a spectacular appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” A solo movie on the character, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is scheduled to hit cinemas in July 2017. Now, it has been learned that Miles Morales from the comics will be the new Spider-Man in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s animated Spider-Man project.

Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood says he has heard from a source that Miles Morales, a Black Hispanic teenager, will replace Peter Parker as the friendly neighbourhood superhero in the animated movie that is scheduled to be released on December 21, 2018. However, it won’t be a part of the current MCU continuity where Peter Parker is Spider-Man.

As per Variety, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman said at 2015 Cinemacon that it will “co-exist” with the live action Spider-Man movies. But the Press release for the movie states “The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.” There have been too many reboots of Spider-Man in less than a decades time. The audience does not need another live-action version of Spider-Man. An animated feature is the best way to go.

As noted by Marvel Wikia, Miles Morales was bitten by a Spider injected with the Oscorp serum known as OZ Formula, which got inside his uncle’s bag as he was stealing the OZ Formula from Osborn Industries. It’s the green liquid seen in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film “Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Morales was initially reluctant to become a crime fighter. After Peter Parker died trying to save his family from the Green Goblin, Morales was overcome with guilt and decided to continue his legacy as the new Spider-Man. He changed his costume to black after being told his use of the original Spider-Man suit was in poor taste.

The character was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli. He made his debut in 2011, in the fourth issue of Marvel’s “Ultimate Fallout” comic series.

Miles Morales wasn’t the first non Caucasian Spider-Man. That honour goes to Miguel O’Hara, a Latino geneticist living in New York in the year 2099. The comic book titled “Spider-Man 2099” was published in 1992.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller did an excellent job with their “The Lego Movie” and are also attached as directors of the untitled Han Solo movie, starring Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail Caesar!”). Though Miles Morales did appear in the Disney XD animated TV series “Ultimate Spider-Man, this will be the character’s first feature, even if animated. All eyes are on Lord and Miller.