Warning: This post contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’re now into our third live-action series of movies based on the web-slinger in the last 15 years. For many, Peter Parker taking up the mantle as Spider-man has become a tired storyline. So when Marvel struck a deal with Sony to bring Spidey into the MCU, some hoped to see Miles Morales – the first Afro-Latino Spider-Man introduced in 2011 – as the main character. Instead, we got another Peter Parker story – albeit one featuring a diverse cast of characters. But those hoping for a Miles Morales to get his own live-action movie may have reason for hope.
During a brief interaction between Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Aaron Davis (Donald Glover), we learn that Miles Morales exists in this universe. Davis – who also goes by The Prowler (something Karen, the A.I. voice of Spider-Man’s suit reveals) – tells Peter that he also doesn’t want the advanced weapons made out of salvaged alien technology in their neighborhood. Davis explains that his young nephew also lives in Queens, and he’s worried about the presence of weapons that dangerous.
It was a simple statement, but one that actually told us a lot. Aaron is Jefferson Davis’s brother. Jefferson and Aaron were in partners in crime, but Jefferson left that life behind after marrying Rio Morales. Together, Jefferson and Rio had a son, Miles Morales, aka Aaron’s nephew.
Aaron is actually the reason Miles becomes Spider-Man. Against his father’s wishes, Miles maintains a close relationship with Aaron. A genetically modified spider ends up in Aaron’s bag after he breaks into Oscorp. During one of Miles’s visits to his uncle’s apartment, the teenager is bitten by that spider, which begins his journey as Spider-Man.
Though the movie has received praise for adding people of color and for letting Spider-Man be fun again, some have critiqued it for borrowing elements from Miles Morales’s life. Hopefully, the fact that we can see Miles sprinkled throughout is the studio’s way of setting up a world where the Spider-Man we see on the silver screen is someone other than Peter Parker. And we know we’re not the only ones hoping Miles is the future of the Spider-Man franchise. Check out a few tweets below that show how excited people are for a potential Miles Morales-led Spider-Man movie: