Although Peter Parker is the first Spider-Man and still the most well-known individual to go by that moniker, in the last decade, another person has taken on the Spidey mantle full time: Miles Morales. Introduced to the comics in 2011, Miles has become one of Marvel’s most popular ‘new’ superheroes and made his theatrical debut last year in the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which walked away with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as part of its many other accolades.
The next step is for Miles Morales to appear in live action, though in his original origin story, he was inspired to become the new Spider-Man after Peter Parker’s death. Tom Holland is hoping that doesn’t happen, as he wants his version of Peter to team up with Miles in a movie down the line. When a fan speculated on if Holland’s Peter would have to die for Miles to be established, Holland responded:
Well, I hope that doesn't happen because I would love to share the screen with Miles, I think that'd be really cool. And I don't want to die, because I really love playing Peter Parker, so that would kind of be a bit of a bummer.
Tom Holland gave his opinion on this geeky query while taking part in GQ’s ‘Goes Undercover’ video series, making it clear that rather than replicate how Miles Morales became Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe, he’d prefer it if Peter and Miles would team up on an adventure. Though in this case, Peter and Miles would be much closer in age compared to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where Jake Johnson’s Peter was several decades older than Shameik Moore’s Miles.
Before Miles Morales was incorporated into the original Marvel Comics universe, i.e. Earth-616, and still lived in the Ultimate universe, he teamed up with the older 616 Peter in the miniseries Spider-Men. Now that Miles is part of the main continuity, he and Peter operate simultaneously and join forces from time to time. The current Spider-Man animated series on Disney XD also has Peter mentoring Miles, with both of them attending Horizon High.
Don’t forget that Spider-Man: Homecoming also featured Donald Glover as Aaron Davis, Miles Morales’ uncle in the comics, and Glover’s Aaron mentioned having a nephew. So there’s already setup for Miles to be introduced in the current live action Spider-Man continuity. The question is if/when it will happen, and whether or not Peter would still be around once Miles got powers.
Right now, the future of the live action Spider-Man film series as a whole is shrouded in uncertainty. Spider-Man: Far From Home earned a lot of positive reviews and went on to become the highest-grossing Sony film of all time with its $1.124 billion (and counting) haul. It seemed like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would continue being a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the disagreements between Marvel and Sony have resulted in the Web-Slinger being separated from this franchise.
Despite this shocking turn of events, Tom Holland will continue playing Spider-Man, and because the young hero can’t cross paths with MCU characters anymore, that could lead to Sony bringing in Spider-related heroes for Peter to fight the forces of evil with, such as Miles Morales. Comics, TV shows and an animated movie have shown Peter and Miles can both be Spider-Man at the same time, so there’s surely a way to make it work in live action too.
Luckily for Miles Morales, he still has a bright future ahead of him in animation regardless of what happens in the live action Spider-Man film series. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is in development and will explore the budding romance between Miles and Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Woman. Speaking of Spider-Gwen, she’s also set to lead a spinoff where she teams up with other female Spider-heroes. There are also various Into the Spider-Verse TV shows being developed.
Rest assured, we here at CinemaBlend will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest Spider-Man film news, including anything concerning Miles Morales. For now, keep track of the rest of this year’s movies with our 2019 release schedule.