Peter Parker is to take a step back as Spider-Man's alter ego, according to the latest rumour about characters for a 2017 movie.
Well-established Hollywood news writer Jeff Sneider appeared in a 20 February episode of 'Meet The Movie Press' and aired the rumour 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 per cent 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.