MEN IN TIGHTS

One Day Spider-Man Could Be Even Gayer Than His Costume

In case you hadn’t heard, the Green Goblin killed off Peter Parker (a.k.a. The Amazing Spider-Man) in June—totes sad. Don’t freak out yet, though: Peter Parker will continue slinging webs in the regular Marvel Universe—he’s just squashed like an arachnid in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics, a separate line that gives new angles to established heroes and villains. (It’s in the Ultimate line, for example, that SHIELD director is a bad-ass Samuel L. Jackson type and Manhattan was hit by a massive flood that killed half the X-Men.)

To keep the Ultimate Spidey franchise going, Marvel has introduced Blatino teen Miles Morales as the new Ultimate Spider-Man, which is keeping in line with the company’s mandate to have Ultimate Comics tell more contemporary stories, “reflective of our culture and diversity.”

But when a Marvel artist hints that a new gay superhero may be coming soon, does she mean that Morales will invite some men back to his web?

Italian concept artist Sara Pichelli—who has worked on Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways and an X-Men spin-off—tells USA Today, “Maybe sooner or later a black or gay—or both—hero will be considered something absolutely normal.” So while Morales probably won’t be gay, another leading superhero character very easily could be. Considering the number of openly gay caped crusaders—from the DC’s lesbian Batwoman and the Question, gay alien Starman in the Justice League, and X-Men speedster Northstar—a bigger-name superqueero is on the horizon. But who? Well, as part of its company-wide relaunch in September, DC Comics revealed Superman will no longer be married to—or even dating—Lois Lane.

Did they have Manhunt on Krypton?