Axel Alonso was appointed Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics a year ago and the comic book creator hasn’t wasted anytime ushering the iconic brand into the future. This past fall, Marvel rebooted theUltimate Spider-Man series and put a with a new spin on our neighborhood friendly superhero. With great power comes great responsibility, and Alonso knew in order to be successful in this new leadership role, he had to take a risk. So when it came time to make a decision to kill off Peter Parker and replace the popular character with a biracial teenager from Brooklyn– Alonso pulled the trigger.
It’s been four months since the world was first introduced to Miles Morales, the half African-American and half Puerto Rican successor of the beloved Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Miles has received an overwhelming reception from fans –new and old– across the globe –as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 broke the first day sales of new releases in comics digital download history– and some detractors in Glenn Beck. Still, as Miles continues to swing into action as an important milestone in comic-book history, Life + Times sat down with Alonso to discuss Marvels new direction, race in Hollywood, hip-hop and Tim Tebow.