By Defender News Service
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, turned out to be a big hit at the box-office on its opening weekend, topping out at $35.4 million domestically.
The film, which stars Shameik Moore, also drew in another $21 million elsewhere.
Moore who is of Jamaican descent, takes pride in his role as Miles Morales, a kid from Brooklyn who has to balance out being a high school student and a superhero. The character Miles Morales has an African-American father and Puerto Rican mother.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is more than just another Marvel film, like Black Panther, it is a reminder of the importance of representation and having young Black and brown children see a superhero that reflects them.
A few weeks ago, in a sit-down interview with the Grio‘s Deputy Editor Natasha Alford, Moore explained his journey to understanding.
“To be honest with you, to be completely honest with you, I just saw that he was Black,” says Moore. “I didn’t even know about the Afro-Latino part.”
Moore says it was an Afro-Latina actress at ComplexCon who made him realize that the role meant something special and had cultural impact.
“When she walked up to me, I thought she was about to flirt with me or something because it was in her eyes, you know,” Moore says with a laugh.
“Then she was like, ‘Miles Morales, I’m so proud of you!’ And I was like Oh, wow! She’s very passionate and she was like, ‘You know you’re representing us.’ And I had to think about it and I was like this man is Spanish. And it hit me.”
This article originally appeared in the Defender News Network.