Shameik Moore On Playing The First Biracial Spider-Man: 'It Reflects What The World Looks Like Today'

Jeff Kravitz

Moore is playing Miles Morales in the animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,"which is out in theater now.
Paula Rogo Dec, 17, 2018

Actor Shameik Moore is making history this month when he plays the first-ever biracial Spider-Man — and he’s excited about the groundbreaking role in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

“This kid could be white, Black, Asian, Hispanic. He just happens to be Black and Hispanic,” Moore, 23, said in a recent appearance on Popcorn with Peter Travers. “It doesn’t matter what his race is. He just happens to be Black. And I love that about the movie itself. It reflects what New York looks like, what the world looks like today.”

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Moore, of The Get Down and Dope fame, plays Miles Morales, a biracial Brooklyn teen who gains an array of superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. The animated film that follows the original Spider-Man lore, but with a twist.

“What’s interesting about this movie is that they kept everything about Spider-Man that we know and love,” Moore said. “They kept Peter Parker. But there’s a new Spider-Man in another dimension learning from the Spider-Man that we know that just grew old. He’s older. He’s 40-years-old this time. And his life has been kind of ruined by the stress that comes with being Spider-Man.”