Into the Spider-Verse With the Miles Morales Mask

The mask features a pixel-like texture around the eye lenses and ring band, inspired by the style of Miles Morales’s character design. Its flexible band fits most kids’ heads, so they can imagine themselves swinging between buildings and taking down their enemies like Spider-Man himself!

Although Into the Spider-Verse features an array of diverse spider people including Peter Parker/Spider-Man (who appears in both the MCU and Into the Spider-Verse), Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, Peni Parker/Spider-Gwen, Peter Porker/Spider-Ham, and the mech robot SP//dr, Miles is at the center of the story. He’s the one who has to figure out how to balance all of his superhero responsibilities and deal with real-life problems such as bullying and school shootings.

Nevertheless, Miles’s relegation to a subordinate status reflects the fact that Hollywood continues to find it difficult to imagine characters of color headlining four-quadrant blockbuster films. Its narrative strategies for coping with this challenge are revealing, particularly its overt appeals to colorblindness and its reliance on the trope of the “anyone can be a superhero” proverb.

The first of these is evident in the way Miles’s father emphasizes his son’s admittance to Columbia University not on the basis of the “lottery” that was his only avenue to a top-tier education, but rather on the fact that he earned a spot through hard work and high test scores. This downplaying of affirmative action echoes the common white grievance against such policies that suggests they unfairly advantage undeserving people of color at the expense of more deserving whites. Miles Morales Mask

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