Stan Lee’s Own Words Puts an End to the Peter Parker v Miles Morales Spider-Man Debate

The debate of who is the better Spider-Man takes over the internet with the release of Spider-Man 2

stan lee’s own words puts an end to the peter parker v miles morales spider-man debate

SUMMARY

  • Fans have often argued over who is the better Spider-Man - Peter Parker and Miles Morales
  • Stan Lee had once stated that the best part about Spider-Man is that anyone can be under the mask
  • Still many fans still aren't satisfied as they do not want Miles to take center-stage
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Certainly, debates persist, and they undoubtedly always will, regarding which Spider-Man is the greatest among the three that have graced the screen over the years. Recently, with the introduction of the Spider-Verse and the arrival of many new Spider-Man characters, people are now debating whether Miles Morales surpasses the iconic status of Peter Parker. Stan Lee’s perspective puts an end to it all, highlighting the diverse and inclusive nature of the Spider-Man character.

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Stan Lee’s Take on the Peter Parker Vs Miles Morales Spider-Man Debate

Since the time Miles Morales graced the screen, discussions have been in the air about who the better Spider-Man is and whether Miles should be called one at all, given that the title supposedly belongs only to Peter Parker. Although there is no definitive answer to this question, the creator of Spider-Man, Stan Lee has already shared his stance on the debate. Once in a Larry King interview, he stated,

“You know one of the greatest things about Spider-Man’s outfit? his costume? He is completely covered, so any kid could imagine he’s Spider-Man because no color of the skin shows. He could be black under that, he could be red, he could be yellow, he could belong to any race and that wasn’t done purposely it was done accidentally but I think it was the best thing we did making him. So he could be anybody under that costume”

Stan Lee in the Larry King interview
Stan Lee in the Larry King interview

And thus, it is settled, that Spider-Man indeed is a friendly neighborhood superhero, and anybody who wants to be can become the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. As he revealed, although not done purposefully, his face being covered gives the perfect opportunity to embrace the idea that anyone, regardless of their background or ethnicity, can wear the mask and be a hero.

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What Does the Fans Have to Say About This?

Following an X-post, fans started chiming in with their theories and stances on the matter and that is who deserves the Spider-Man title, Miles Morales, or Peter Parker? The Spider-Verse has indeed opened up a multitude of pathways. However, some argue that Peter Parker is being replaced. While it can never truly be done, Miles Morales is creating his own path while shouldering all the responsibilities that the title brings with it.

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Miles Morales and Peter Parker
Miles Morales and Peter Parker

One user suggested,

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While another suggested,

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It is also important to note that in the interview, Stan Lee was, in fact, talking about fans self-inserting themselves into the narratives. Thus, many still argue that Lee does not support the idea of Peter Parker being replaced. While Parker cannot ever be replaced, the representation of a wide spectrum of ‘Spider-Beings’, as fans recently saw in the movie Across the Spider-Verse, can truly be empowering to many impressionable minds.

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While some strongly advocated for Miles Morales stating,

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Others not so much,

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Thus, although a definitive conclusion can never be reached, Miles Morales is definitely here to stay, carrying the Spider-Man name forward that Peter Parker so gracefully shouldered all these years. Under his mentorship, Miles can reach heights people cannot even imagine.

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Written by Sampurna Banerjee

Sampurna Banerjee, an ardent enthusiast of pop culture and movies, pours her passion into her role as a writer for FandomWire. With a penchant for Marvel, DC, and sitcoms, she has contributed over 400 articles, staying up-to-date to the entertainment industry's latest buzz. Moreover, she's penned over 300 articles for Animated Times and shared her work across several Instagram pages. Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Calcutta University.