Although Peter Parker is currently the leading Web Head in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming laid the groundwork for another friendly neighborhood hero to enter the equation, as well. Specifically, the inclusion of Donald Glover's Aaron Davis served as a distinct nod to fan-favorite Spidey, Miles Morales. Building off of that, a deleted scene has surfaced on Homecoming's digital release involving Davis (still stuck to his car with Peter's webbing) talking on the phone, and he drops an even more blatant reference to "Miles." In the sequence, Davis says:
Although Aaron doesn't necessarily say "Yeah, sorry Miles Morales. I'm not going to make it," there are enough context clues in place to generally let us know that this is Miles Morales on the other end of the line. In the comics, Aaron Davis is the uncle of Peter Parker's successor and a supporting character (and eventually a character known as The Prowler) to the Miles Morales stories. Putting everything that we have seen from Davis in perspective, it's hard to deny that Marvel is flirting with the inclusion of Miles in a major way.
That said, the fact that this scene didn't make the movie brings its continuity into question. Many fans will likely go back and forth over whether or not this sequence should be considered canon. The fact that it even exists serves as evidence that Marvel Studios might be toying with the inclusion of the character, while its omission from the final cut of the movie lends credence to the belief that it's just a fun extra for longtime Spidey fans. Marvel has stated that these name drops can pave the way for bigger plans down the road (a la the Stephen Strange name drop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) so we will have to wait and see if the studio decides to expand this seemingly minor moment.
As a product of Marvel's Ultimate universe, Miles Morales has become a fan-favorite character in the years since his initial debut. Inheriting the Spider-Man mantle after Peter Parker's "death," the character has abilities that are similar to his predecessor -- albeit with a few differences, like a reduced Spider-Sense and camouflage powers. Miles has met with a positive reception over the years, and his success in adding well-received diversity to the print Marvel universe could similarly work for the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- which is currently aiming to do the same with projects like Black Panther.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently available on Digital HD, but if you're in the market for a Blu-ray or DVD copy of the film, those will hit shelves (opens in new tab) next month on October 17. From there, Tom Holland will then go on to make his next appearance in the MCU when Earth's mightiest heroes face off against Thanos in The Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018. Beyond that, take a look at our 2017 movie premiere guide and our 2018 movie premiere guide to keep yourself in the loop on all of the other highly anticipated film premieres!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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