Miles Morales could be the new Spider-Man

The Miles Morales Spider-Man was a rumored Marvel film project before a leaked shortlist nixed it.

Peter Parker is to take a step back as Spider-Man's alter ego, according to the latest rumor about characters for a 2017 movie.

Well-established Hollywood news writer Jeff Sneider appeared in a February 20th episode of Meet The Movie Press and aired the rumor that the next Spider-Man will be "most likely black" (

"This is not set in stone guys, but I'm telling you right now: Spider-Man's not going to be white," he revealed.

While sources were not disclosed, Sneider claimed a high degree of certainty. "Spider-Man's going to be most likely black. There's a chance he could also be Latino," he said, "I'm 95% sure: not white."

As it turns out, Marvel already has a Black Hispanic Spider-Man ready to go in the form of Miles Morales, a teenage Brooklynite who also gained arachnid superpowers from a spider bite, and who was not long ago introduced through 2011 comic book mini-series "Ultimate Fallout."

2016 film "Captain America: Civil War" had been speculated upon as a possible entry point for the rebooted webhead (via ComicBookMovie), but the Morales character has reason -- if not studio resources -- to appear even earlier than that.

He was involved in the final issue of 10-part comic book storyline "Age of Ultron," from which May 2015 blockbuster-in-waiting "Avengers: Age of Ultron" takes its name.