Prolific comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis can check an accomplishment out of his list, after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won an Academy Award. Bendis created Miles Morales, the young African American/Puerto Rican Spider-Man featured in the film. Since his first appearance in 2011, Miles has become a popular character in the comic universe. But now, Miles’ impact is even greater than before.
While speaking with Comic Book Movie, Bendis called Into the Spider-Verse‘s win “a dream come true.” He also spoke about his contribution to the movie.
“I was a consultant” said Bendis. “Which meant they would send me early cuts of the movie to give notes on it. But they were the authors of the film and I think I was there literally just to haunt them: ‘we’ve got Brian here, we can’t mess it up!'”
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Bendis also touched upon Miles’ family life, which is atypical for a superhero. While many heroes are orphans or the products of single parents, Miles has both his mother and his father.
“Usually, they’ll betray him or have been blown up or shot, so my hypothesis as a storyteller of whether someone can be heroic with the support of their family is proven right and I’m so happy to have seen that happen,” related Bendis. “I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s a trope and cliché that does work in the genre. But it doesn’t mean it’s the only thing that works.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available now on digital formats. The Blu-ray and DVD will follow on March 19. What do you think about Bendis’ comments? Let us know in the comment section below!