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Peter Ramsey Put The 1st Afro-Latino Spider-Man On Screen. It May Win Him An Oscar

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is up for an Oscar on Sunday. Co-director Peter Ramsey has been overwhelmed by the emotional response among minorities to the franchise's first non-white protagonist.
Miles Morales became the first non-white Spider-Man to hit the big screen last year in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Source: Sony Pictures Animation

The first Afro-Latino Spider-Man, Miles Morales, made his big screen debut last year in the animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Like Morales, the film's co-director, Peter Ramsey, is making history as the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award in the animated feature category.

Marvel Comics fans grew up following the original Spider-Man character,

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