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Miles Morales
Spider-Man (Miles Morales).jpg
Miles Morales as Spider-Man.
Art by Sara Pichelli.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceUltimate Fallout #4 (August 2011)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis
Sara Pichelli
In-story information
Full nameMiles Gonzalo Morales[1][2]
SpeciesHuman mutate
Place of originBrooklyn, New York City (Earth-1610)
Team affiliationsAvengers
The Ultimates[3]
PartnershipsSpider-Man (Peter Parker)
Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy)
Notable aliasesKid Arachnid
Captain Universe[4]
  • Superhuman strength, speed and agility
  • Ability to cling to solid surfaces
  • Camouflage (invisibility)
  • Venom strike
  • Venom blast
  • Precognitive Spider-Sense
  • Wrist-mounted web-shooters to shoot webbing from wrists
  • Bio-electric energy threads produced from fingers

Miles Gonzalo Morales[1][2] (/məˈræləs/) is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by the American publisher Marvel Comics, and is one of the characters known as Spider-Man. The character was created in 2011 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, with input by Marvel's then-editor-in-chief Axel Alonso.

Miles Morales first appeared in Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011), following the death of Peter Parker. An Afro-Latino teenager of Afro-Puerto Rican ancestry, he is the second Spider-Man to appear in Ultimate Marvel, an imprint with a separate continuity from the mainstream Marvel Universe.[5] He was featured in the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man comic book series, and after Marvel ended the Ultimate imprint in 2015, Miles was made a character in the main Marvel Universe, beginning with stories under the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding that debuted that same year. The character was not the lead character in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series on Disney XD but he was later added to the main cast,[6] and the main character in the 2018 feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Reaction to the character varied, with some, including Spider-Man's co-creator, Stan Lee, approving the creation of a positive role model for children of color. Others expressed displeasure at the replacement of Peter Parker, with The Guardian, Fox News, and Culture Map Houston reporting that some fans viewed the decision was an attempt by Marvel Comics to exhibit political correctness, and that the introduction of a minority Spider-Man was simply a publicity stunt to attract more readers,[7][8][9][10] a charge Alonso denied.[7] Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post called for the character to be judged on the quality of his stories, which garnered positive reviews.[11]

The character possesses powers similar to those of the original Spider-Man, which were derived from the bite of a spider genetically engineered by Spider-Man's nemesis Norman Osborn in an attempt to duplicate those abilities.

Publication history[edit]

Artist Sara Pichelli, who designed Morales, holding a sketch of him at the 2011 New York Comic Con

The concept of a black Spider-Man was first discussed a few months before the November 2008 election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Marvel Comics' then-editor-in-chief Axel Alonso describes the catalyst, "When we were planning 'Ultimatum,' we realized that we were standing at the brink of America electing its first African-American President and we acknowledged that maybe it was time to take a good look at one of our icons." This new Spider-Man would replace Parker as Spider-Man only in Ultimate Marvel, an imprint whose storyline is set in a universe separate from the mainstream Marvel universe, in which Marvel's characters were reimagined for a 21st-century audience. The replacement of Ultimate Peter Parker was considered as a possible part of the 2008–09 "Ultimatum" story arc that restructured much of the Ultimate Marvel universe, but those early thoughts were abandoned because the story for that character had not yet been developed.[7] When Marvel's editorial staff decided that the Ultimate universe's Peter Parker would be killed in the 2011 storyline "Death of Spider-Man", the character Miles Morales was created.[12] Although Morales is the first black Spider-Man, he marks the second time a Latino character has taken the Spider-Man identity. Miguel O'Hara, who is of half-Mexican descent, was the title character in the 1990s series Spider-Man 2099.[8]

The first appearance of Miles Morales as Spider-Man, from Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011)

Miles Morales was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli.[7][13] Bendis's thoughts about the character, and the way he looked in his first appearance, were heavily influenced by African-American actor Donald Glover's appearance in Spider-Man pajamas in "Anthropology 101", the second-season premiere of the television comedy series Community. This was a reference to an unsuccessful online campaign that attempted to secure Glover an audition for the lead role in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. Bendis said of Glover, "He looked fantastic! I saw him in the costume and thought, 'I would like to read that book.' So I was glad I was writing that book."[12]

In creating the visual look for Miles, Pichelli followed her usual practice of approaching the design by giving thought to the character's personality, including the background that influenced it, and the distinctive traits that he would exhibit, such as the clothing he wears, his body language and expressions.[14] Pichelli also designed Spider-Man's new costume, a mostly black outfit with red webbing and a red spider logo. Pichelli had worked on four issues of Ultimate Spider-Man before she was approached to work on the new title with Miles Morales.[15] Pichelli, who works with a Cintiq 12wx graphic tablet,[13] added more screentones to her illustrations to give what she called "a more 'pop' feeling to the book", which she felt would be fitting to the series.[15]

Morales was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, the then-13-year-old[16] son of an African American father and a Puerto Rican mother.[17] Axel Alonso has described Miles as an intelligent nerd with an aptitude for science similar to his predecessor, Peter Parker.[7] The character made his debut in the fourth issue of the Ultimate Fallout miniseries, which was released on August 3, 2011. He later starred in the relaunched Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man series, written by Bendis and drawn by Pichelli, in September 2011.[12][18][19]

Writer Brian Michael Bendis signing copies of Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Fallout #4, in which Miles Morales first appeared, at Midtown Comics in Manhattan

In contrasting Miles with Peter Parker, Bendis has depicted different conflicts and anxieties for the character. Right after acquiring his superhuman abilities from a spider bite at the home of his uncle, Aaron, whom Miles admires but he does not initially know is a career criminal, Miles' father, Jefferson, explains to Miles that before Miles was born, Jefferson and Aaron were thieves who spent time in prison, and that while Jefferson reformed when he got older, Aaron has not.[20] According to Bendis, this gives Miles cause to wonder if the traits that lead to criminal behavior are hardwired into his DNA, leading him to question whether he is essentially a good person or not, and what his future holds for him.[21] These issues further haunt Miles after he becomes disillusioned with Aaron, and Aaron dies from an accidental explosion triggered during a battle between the two of them, saying, "You are just like me" to Miles before dying.[22]

In 2012, Morales appeared in the miniseries Spider-Men, in which he encounters the Spider-Man of the mainstream Marvel universe.[12] In June 2013, the character appeared in the climax of Age of Ultron #10, which was also written by Brian Michael Bendis. Though mostly set in the mainstream Marvel universe, or Earth-616 as it is known in dialogue, the story depicts major changes to the space-time continuum as a result of the time travel on the part of characters, resulting in Miles witnessing the coming of the mainstream Marvel Galactus, an entity that consumes planets, to Earth.[23]

Despite its initial press and critical reception, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man was not a huge hit in the direct market. By August 2013, sales on the title had slipped, and sales for the other two Ultimate titles, Ultimate Comics X-Men and Ultimate Comics The Ultimates, had dropped to numbers at which mainstream Marvel titles are cancelled.[19] That November, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man ended its run with issue #28, and the other two titles ended along with it, to make way for the miniseries Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man, one of the books in the crossover storyline "Cataclysm", in which the heroes of the Ultimate universe face the threat of the Earth-616 Galactus, and Miles is transported to the mainstream Marvel universe.[19][24]

Following "Cataclysm", Miles starred in a new title called Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, again with Bendis as writer, as part of Ultimate Marvel Now, an initiative with which Marvel relaunched the Ultimate Marvel line. Miles Morales was also made a member of the eponymous team in All-New Ultimates, a series written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna.[25][26] Both series ran for 12 issues.[27][28] The twelfth and final issue of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man concluded with a cliffhanger that led directly into the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline.[28]

Marvel ended the Ultimate Marvel imprint with the "Secret Wars" storyline,[29] in which the Marvel Universe was merged with other alternate universes, including the Ultimate Universe.[30][31][32] Following "Secret Wars", Miles was made a character of the mainstream Marvel Universe, and a member of the titular team in All-New, All-Different Avengers.[33] He also headlines his third solo series, titled simply Spider-Man, which debuted February 3, 2016, with Bendis and Pichelli returning as the creative team.[17] Pichelli would be succeeded by Nico Leon and Oscar Bazaldua.[34] In the storyline, Peter Parker expands the scope of his activities globally, while the now-16-year-old Miles continues to patrol New York City, and deals with issues such as confrontations with Parker's rogues gallery, the public's reaction to his ethnicity, and his love life.[16] Each issue was numbered sequentially beginning with issue 1, and ending with issue 21, when the numbering switched to legacy numbering, in order to assume an unbroken numbering from 2000's Ultimate Spider-Man #1, with the following issue continuing with issue 234.[34] On November 7, 2017, it was announced that Bendis, having signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics, would be leaving Marvel in early 2018,[35] and Spider-Man cancelled with issue #240 (May 2018).[34][36]

On September 13, 2018, Marvel announced that Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garron would be the writer and artist, respectively on a fourth ongoing solo series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, the first issue of which was released on December 12, 2018.[37]

Fictional character biography[edit]

First appearance[edit]

Miles Morales first appeared in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4, which was published in August 2011, in which he foils an assault by Kangaroo, a short time after Peter Parker's death. He wears a Spider-Man costume similar to Parker's, but considers changing it when spectators tell him it is in "bad taste".[38][39]

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man[edit]

The opening story arc of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, which premiered in September 2011, is set prior to Ultimate Fallout #4, and establishes the character of Miles Morales, a grade-schooler[40] who lives with his mother Rio Morales,[41][42] a nurse,[2] and his father, Jefferson Davis,[41] and details how he received his superhuman abilities. After Oscorp scientist Dr. Conrad Markus[a] uses Parker's blood to recreate the formula that created Spider-Man, the Prowler[43] (Aaron Davis[40]) steals the formula, and in the process, one of the spiders created by Markus crawls into the Prowler's duffel bag. Days later, the Prowler's nephew,[43] Miles Morales, is bitten by the spider during a visit to Aaron's apartment. Morales develops superhuman abilities similar to those Peter Parker has,[43] but does not tell his parents, due to his father's distrust of superheroes,[20] confiding only in his best friend, Ganke Lee.[20][42]

Miles, who just wants a normal life, is unhappy about having these abilities, and initially nauseated at the idea of risking his life to engage in superheroics,[44] a reaction that Bendis wrote to further contrast Miles with Parker.[21] However, after witnessing Spider-Man's death at the hands of the Green Goblin, the guilt-ridden Miles realizes he could have helped. After Ganke suggests he assume the mantle of Spider-Man, and learns from Gwen Stacy why Parker did what he did, Miles is inspired to try his hand at costumed crimefighting.[45] During his first foray into costumed superheroics, he is confronted not only by those who feel his use of the Spider-Man costume is in bad taste,[38][45] but also by Spider-Woman, a member of the government superhuman team, the Ultimates, over his use of the Spider-Man identity.[45]

Spider-Woman unmasks and arrests Miles and takes him to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, where Nick Fury reveals that he knows all about Miles and his family, including his uncle's criminal activity. After he helps S.H.I.E.L.D. subdue the escaped supervillain Electro, S.H.I.E.L.D. releases Miles and gives him a modified black and red version of the Spider-Man costume, which Ganke feels makes Miles "officially" the new Spider-Man.[40] He also receives the blessing of the Earth-616 Peter Parker during the 2012 Spider-Men miniseries, in which Parker briefly visits the Ultimate Marvel universe and meets Miles.[46] After the newspapers begin reporting the emergence of a new Spider-Man, Aaron deduces that it is really Miles,[47] and offers to train Miles and work with him. After Aaron uses Miles in his ongoing conflict with the Mexican crime lord Scorpion, Miles realizes he is being exploited, and refuses to assist his uncle further, despite Aaron's threat to inform Miles' father of his secret. This leads to an altercation between the uncle and nephew that results in the malfunction of Aaron's weapons, which explode,[48] killing Aaron.[22]

In subsequent storylines, Miles becomes acquainted with Peter Parker's loved ones, May Parker, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, who know of his secret identity, and give him Parker's web shooters. He also encounters Captain America, who reluctantly agrees to train Miles.[3][22]

In a 2013 storyline, when investigative journalist Betty Brant incorrectly concludes that Miles' father, Jefferson, is the new Spider-Man, she is murdered[49] by Markus, who has become the newest host to the Venom symbiote. In the subsequent "Venom War" storyline, Venom confronts Jefferson at his home, where Spider-Man repels the creature. Jefferson is critically injured and hospitalized in this battle, and when Venom pursues him at the hospital, Spider-Man again confronts him, during which Miles' mother, Rio, also learns that her son is Spider-Man. By the end of the brawl, Markus killed by police gunfire, as is Rio, who tells Miles not to reveal his secret to his father before dying.[50] Miles quits being Spider-Man as a result. A year later he has a girlfriend named Katie Bishop, and is planning on telling her about his former life as Spider-Man. Though he has not engaged in heroics in a year, he is pressured to return to that life by S.H.I.E.L.D.[51] He reluctantly does so, after Ganke and Spider-Woman convince him that there needs to be a Spider-Man.[52] After he and his allies expose the criminal activity of Roxxon executive Donald Roxxon, Miles thanks Ganke for his support, and affirms in earnest that he is Spider-Man.[53]


In the "Cataclysm" storyline, the mainstream Marvel Galactus comes to Earth to consume it for its energy. During the course of this story, Miles comes to believe the world is coming to an end, and reveals his double life to his father, who believes he is responsible for the death of Aaron and Rio, and disowns him.[54] Miles also journeys to the mainstream Marvel universe with Reed Richards to acquire information on how to repel Galactus.[19][24][55]

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man[edit]

During the course of his second solo series, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles encounters a very much alive Peter Parker, who cannot explain his reappearance, and who does not intend to return to his former life. Together, the two Spider-Men defeat Norman Osborn, who is also revealed to be alive, but who is killed during the course of the story. After witnessing Miles courageously battle Osborn, Peter acknowledges Miles a worthy successor, and decides to retire from superheroics for a life with his family and Mary Jane.[56]

Miles' father also reappears, and relates to his son that as a young man, he and Aaron went to work for a criminal named Turk after Jefferson was recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. as a spy in order to infiltrate the organization of the then-up-and-coming international criminal Wilson Fisk. Jefferson did this for a time, but after the Kingpin was arrested and convicted for his crimes, and Jefferson offered a chance to be a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, he refused, not wanting any part of his brother's world. He met Rio a week later and fell in love with her. Jefferson fled after learning that Miles was Spider-Man because it brought back unresolved issues from that earlier time in his life, and tells Miles that he does not blame Miles for his mother's death, and regrets abandoning him.[57]

When Miles reveals his secret identity to his girlfriend, Katie Bishop,[56] she and her parents are revealed to be sleeper agents for the terrorist group Hydra,[58] who then kidnap Miles, his father and Ganke, as part of a plan involving Dr. Doom. Miles and the other prisoners are freed, however, in part with help from Miles' dorm mate, Judge, Maria Hill, and other superhuman colleagues.[59]

End of Ultimate imprint and merge with Marvel-616[edit]

During the events of the 2015 "Secret Wars" storyline, both the Ultimate Marvel universe and the mainstream Earth-616 universe are destroyed. Miles manages to survive the destruction by infiltrating an escape ship designed by the Cabal.[60] After eight years in stasis, Miles awakens on the planet Battleworld, a new planet created from the remains of the various alternate Earths that had been destroyed. Miles is reunited with Earth-616's Peter Parker and the other surviving 616 heroes, who battle against Doctor Doom, who has used newly acquired powers to appoint himself a God Emperor over the planet.[61] At the conclusion of the storyline, the Molecule Man, in gratitude for Miles' earlier compassion to him, arranges for Earth-616 to be restored, with Miles and his family among its inhabitants, including his mother, who has been restored to life in the process.[62] Miles' uncle, Aaron Davis, is also later revealed to have been restored to life, retaining his knowledge of Miles' dual identity, and assumes the identity of the costumed villain Iron Spider.[63] Both Miles and Peter share the mantle of Spider-Man in the new universe,[62] though the now-16-year-old Miles patrols New York City, while Peter Parker acts globally.[16] Miles is also a member of the latest team of Avengers, which debuts in the 2016 series All-New, All-Different Avengers,[64] and is being trained by Peter Parker to act as New York's resident spider-themed hero while Parker's work with Parker Industries allows his own activities as Spider-Man to benefit humanity on a global scale.[65]

In this new continuity, Miles and his loved ones initially have no memories of their origins in the Ultimate universe, though Miles eventually learns of his past life there, including details such as Rio's "death".[66][67] Miles' father Jefferson is aware of his double life, but his mother, Rio, is not,[68] nor is S.H.I.E.L.D.,[69] though Rio eventually learns the truth.[70] During the series' first year, Miles' circle of fellow superheroes who know of his double identity also expands to include Kamala Khan, the fourth Ms. Marvel,[71] and the former X-Man Fabio Medina, aka Goldballs, who becomes a roommate to him and Ganke at school.[72] This group of confidants later includes the teen superhero Bombshell.[73] His relationship with Katie Bishop apparently did not occur in this continuity, as Miles begins seeing classmate Barbara Rodriguez, whom he calls his "first serious girlfriend", who is unaware of his double life.[74] Miles is a central figure in the 2016–2017 "Civil War II" storyline, in which Ulysses Cain, an Inhuman with precognitive powers, experiences a vision that is interpreted by the superhero community to mean that Miles would kill Steve Rogers,[75] though this scenario does not come to pass.[76] Following "Civil War II", Miles joins other teenage superheroes to form a new incarnation of the Champions, who star in their self-titled series.[77]

On July 9, 2020, Marvel announced that an original graphic novel, Miles Morales: Shock Waves, would be released in 2021 in partnership with Scholastic. Written by Opposite of Always author Justin A. Reynolds and featuring art by Pablo Leon, the story follows the Miles as he organizes a fundraiser for Puerto Ricans suffering after a terrible earthquake, only to discover a connection between a major sponsor and the disappearance of a classmate's father.[78]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Bitten by a slightly different genetically engineered spider than the one that granted Peter Parker superhuman powers, Miles Morales possesses abilities similar to the original Spider-Man's, including enhanced strength and agility, the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings with his hands and feet,[20] and a "spider sense" that warns him of danger with a buzzing sensation in his head.[38][45] Though his strength and agility are similar to those of the original Spider-Man, his spider-sense is not as strong, as it only warns him of immediate danger.[21]

He has two abilities that the original Spider-Man does not have: the ability to camouflage himself, including his clothing, to match his surroundings, making him effectively invisible,[21][43] and a "venom strike" that can temporarily paralyze almost anyone with just a touch.[20] The venom strike does not employ actual venom, but is a type of directed energy that can be conducted through Miles' gloves,[40] and can be used against an opponent at a distance by conducting it through a material in which both Miles and his opponent are in contact, such as the webbing of the Earth-616's Spider-Man.[79] It can break chains being used to restrain Miles[80] and even repel non-ferrous objects, such as plastic Lego bricks.[20] The venom strike is powerful enough to render unconscious a person as large as Hank Pym's Giant-Man.[81] It is powerful enough to drive away the symbiotic villain Venom during Miles' first encounter with the creature,[82] but by their second encounter, Venom has developed such a tolerance to the strike that Miles has to be completely enveloped by the symbiote before the venom strike can separate the symbiote from its host.[83] Doctor Octopus also developed a set of tentacles that would not conduct the venom strike.[84] The effect of the venom strike manifests itself a few seconds after it is implemented, and is described by Bendis as being comparable to the feeling of being kicked in the testicles.[21] Miles can effect a more powerful version of the strike, which he calls a "mega venom blast".[73] When Miles employs this ability, his eyes glow with yellow energy, which then explodes outwards in a radiant burst that can not only repel a large group of opponents,[85] but also destroy thick ropes and chains that have been used to restrain him. This application of the strike leaves him "dizzy and useless",[73] and cannot be used multiple times in rapid succession without a "recharging" period for Miles, though he can still make use of the conventional strike against people during this period.[67][80] The conventional venom strike is mostly useless against the supervillain Armadillo, but during Miles' encounter with that villain, his venom blast manifests itself in a form similar to Miles' webbing, and Miles uses it like a lasso to pull Armadillo towards him and knock him unconscious with a venom strike-powered punch.[73]

Miles' body also possesses a strong resistance to injury. During an altercation with the Roxxon mercenary Taskmaster, Miles is thrown through a brick wall without any apparent serious injury, though the experience is painful for him.[86]

Miles wears a costume given to him by S.H.I.E.L.D.,[40] and initially uses Peter Parker's web shooters, which are given to him by May Parker.[3] He is eventually given a new set of webshooters by S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.[51]


People who say this is a PC stunt miss the point. Miles Morales is a reflection of the culture in which we live. I love the fact that my son Tito will see a Spider-Man swinging through the sky whose last name is "Morales". And judging from the response, I can see I'm not alone.

Axel Alonso[7]

The character Miles Morales was first reported by USA Today on August 2, 2011, shortly before the character officially debuted in Ultimate Fallout #4.[5][18] The announcement received international coverage in the mainstream media and was met with mixed reactions by audiences.[8] Chris Huntington of The New York Times lauded the creation of Morales, relating that it gave his adopted Ethiopian son Dagim a superhero who looks like him.[87] The Guardian and Culture Map Houston reported that some fans viewed the decision as an an example of political correctness, and that the introduction of a minority Spider-Man was a publicity stunt to attract more readers,[7][8][9][10] while others felt that a person of color as Spider-Man would set a positive example for minority readers, particularly children.[11] Many Spider-Man fans were disappointed that Peter Parker was killed, regardless of who replaced him.[8] The wide-ranging critical reception prompted The Washington Post to run an article called, "Sorry, Peter Parker. The response to the black Spider-Man shows why we need one", in which writer Alexandra Petri wrote that the character should be judged on the quality of its stories rather than on his appearance or ethnicity.[11]

Radio host and conservative pundit Lou Dobbs expressed outrage over the original Spider-Man being replaced by Morales, stating during a television commentary, "Peter Parker, who was a white orphan from Queens, was killed off in June during a fight with his nemesis, the Green Goblin…Marvel Comics saying it’s replacing the iconic character with Miles Morales, who is part Latino and part Black." Political satirist Jon Stewart mocked Dobbs' criticism on The Daily Show, while also pointing out that Morales replaced Spider-Man only in the Ultimate universe, and that the original Peter Parker would still be appearing in several titles.[88][89] Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, claiming that Miles resembled President Barack Obama, argued that the new Spider-Man was a result of a comment from Michelle Obama about changing traditions. However, Beck said he did not care about Miles' race, and also acknowledged that this was not the mainstream Spider-Man.[90] Axel Alonso denied the character was created out of political correctness, stating "Simple fact is Marvel comics reflect the world in all its shapes, sizes and colors. We believe there's an audience of people out there who is thirsty for a character like Miles Morales."[7] Bendis also denied that the character's ethnicity was an attempt to generate publicity.[91] Original Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee approved of Miles, stating that "Doing our bit to try to make our nation, and the world, color blind is definitely the right thing."[92]

In a review for the first issue, David Pepose of Newsarama wrote, "The biggest victory that Bendis scores with Miles Morales is that he makes us care about him, and care about him quickly. Even though we're still scratching the surface of what makes him tick, we're seeing the world through his eyes, and it's similar to Peter Parker's but a whole lot tougher. But that kind of Parker-style guilt—that neurotic, nearly masochistic tendency for self-sacrifice that comes with great power and greater responsibility—is still intact."[93] Jesse Schedeen of IGN wrote that "Miles still feels like a bit of an outsider in his own book. Bendis never quite paints a complete picture of Miles—his thoughts, motivations, personality quirks, and so forth. Miles is largely a reactionary figure throughout the book as he confronts struggles like registering for a charter school or dealing with family squabbles." Schedeen also opined that "Miles occupies a more urban, racially diverse, and tense landscape. All the story doesn't pander or lean too heavily on elements like racial and economic tension to move forward. Miles is simply a character who speaks to a slightly different teen experience, and one not nearly as well represented in superhero comics as Peter's".[94] James Hunt of rated the issue #1 four and a half out of five stars, lauding Bendis for emphasizing Morales' character and his supporting cast instead of rushing him into costume.[95] The first issue holds a score of 8.0 out of 10 at the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, based on 13 reviews, while the final issue, #200, holds a score of 8.4, based on 14 reviews, and the series overall holds an average issue rating of 8.3.[96]

The second solo series, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, has an average issue rating of 8.2 out of 10 at Comic Book Roundup,[97] while the third series, Spider-Man, holds a rating of 7.6,[34] and the most recent series, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, holds a rating of 8.4.[98]

Other versions[edit]

In the 2012 miniseries Spider-Men, the mainstream Marvel Universe Peter Parker briefly visits the Ultimate Marvel universe and meets Miles Morales.[99] This was followed up in the 2017 sequel miniseries Spider-Men II, in which the Earth-616 version of Miles Morales makes his first appearance,[100] and is revealed to be a fully-grown adult with a scarred face.[67][101][102][103] The version of Miles became a close friend and confidant to the mob enforcer Wilson Fisk when he saved Fisk's life in prison, an event that resulted in the scars on Miles' face. Miles worked for Fisk following their time in prison, aiding him during Wilson's violent rise to crime boss in New York. Subsequent to this, after Miles fell in love with a woman named Barbara Sanchez, Fisk arranged to have all traces of Miles' existence erased from searchable records in order help Miles leave his criminal life behind him.[104][105] Years later, after Barbara died, Fisk informs a grief-stricken Miles that he has knowledge of a parallel universe in which Barbara might still be alive.[106] Miles hires the Taskmaster, who confirms not only that the Ultimate Universe still exists following the events of the "Secret Wars" storyline, but that its version of Barbara is still alive. The adult Miles journeys to the Ultimate Universe to reunite with his lost love, essentially switching places with his younger counterpart.[107]

In Deadpool Killustrated #1 (January 2013), Miles Morales' corpse is seen among those of various Spider-Men across various dimensions of the multiverse that an alternate Deadpool has killed.[108]

In the 2017 "Sitting in a Tree" storyline that ran in Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen, Miles is transported to Earth-8, where that dimension's versions of him and fellow costumed crimefighter Gwen Stacy have been married for 20 years,[109] and have two children.[110]

In a 2017 storyline that ran in Unbelievable Gwenpool, a future version of Miles Morales whose wife and child were killed after an evil Gwen pool of the future revealed his and all other superheroes' identities, travels back in time to kill a young Gwen. He accidentally brings the older version of Gwenpool with him, which leads to her to encounter her younger self.[111][112][113]

In the 2014 book Ultimate FF #4, a version of Miles Morales' Spider-Ham is introduced with the name Miles Morhames, who hails from a dimension inhabited by beings that resemble anthropomorphic animals. His origin is similar to the Ultimate version, in that after the death of Peter Porker, Miles Morhames was inspired to become a hero.[114][115][116]

In the 2017 book Venomverse: War Stories #1, a version of Miles appears with other heroes in the world of the Venomized Doctor Doom, in which each person is bonded to a symbiote.[117]

In "Secret Roar", a story in Spider-Man Annual (Vol. 3) #1, different versions of Earth's superheroes gather together to fight a Celestial, including a feline version of Miles Morales named Meows Morales. He is presumed dead along with most of the heroes after being killed by the Celestial.[118]

In the continuity of the 2019 miniseries Spider-Man: Life Story, which depicts the characters of the Marvel Universe aging naturally after 1962, Miles becomes Spider-Man sometime in the 2010s. An elderly Peter Parker discovers that Miles' brain houses the mind of Otto Octavius, who took possession of Miles' body shortly after Miles became Spider-Man, and trapped the young hero in his own dying body (as Octavius had done to Peter in the Marvel-616 storyline "Dying Wish"). After Peter sacrifices his life in saving Octavius, Octavius switches his and Miles back to their original bodies, after which Miles is given Peter's original Spider-Man costume by Mary Jane Watson.[119]

An elderly Miles Morales appears as the main protagonist of the one-shot Miles Morales: The End, which is set in a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn, and casts Miles as "the last bastion of civilization".[120] The book is one of six featuring Marvel characters as part of its The End series, which were announced at the 2019 New York Comic Con for January 2020 release.[121]

In other media[edit]


  • Miles Morales appears in the 2012 animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Donald Glover in "The Spider-Verse" and by Ogie Banks in all subsequent appearances. After being alluded to in the first season, Miles is introduced in the third season four-part episode "The Spider-Verse" after Peter Parker arrives in Miles's universe while pursuing his version of the Green Goblin across the multiverse.[122][123][122][124] Miles returns in the fourth season episode "Miles From Home", during which he became stranded in Peter's universe, joined his Web Warriors, and took on the alias Kid Arachnid; becoming a recurring character for the rest of the series.[125]
  • Miles Morales appears in Marvel Super Hero Adventures, voiced by Zac Siewert.[126]
  • Miles Morales appears in the 2017 – 2020 Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Nadji Jeter.[127][128][129] While he is introduced as a normal teenager in the series' first episode, "Horizon High" [Pt. 1], he obtains his powers in the episode "Ultimate Spider-Man", after which Peter mentors him in using them.[129] Miles also did not have a codename for his costumed alter-ego for the first two seasons of the series, until the second-season finale, "Goblin War", when he adopts the moniker Spy-D.
  • The Miles Morales version of Spider-Man will appear in Spidey and His Amazing Friends, which will premiere on Disney Junior in 2021.[130]


Video games[edit]


Miles Morales is the main character of Jason Reynolds' 2017 novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man.[166][167]

Collectible figure[edit]

In March 2018, Sideshow Collectibles debuted a Miles Morales Premium Format Figure, a 17"-tall polystone statue depicting Morales jumping over the gaping jaws of a giant Venom symbiote. The statue features two removal heads, with and without the mask, and an extra hand holding the mask. Upon its release, the statue was priced at $520.[168]

Collected editions[edit]

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (2011–2013)[edit]

Title Material collected Release date ISBN
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 1 – Who Is Miles Morales? Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4 and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1–5 February 29, 2012 0-7851-5712-3
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 2 – Scorpion Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #6–10 June 27, 2012 0-7851-5714-X
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 3 – Divided We Fall, United We Stand Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #11–18 December 12, 2012 0-7851-6175-9
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 4 – Venom War Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #16.1 and #19–22 July 17, 2013 0-7851-6503-7
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 5 Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #23–28 February 14, 2014 978-0785168027
Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1–3, Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand #1–5, Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1–3, Cataclysm: Ultimates #1–3, Hunger #1–4, Cataclysm #0.1, Survive #1 March 18, 2014 978-0785189190
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1 Ultimate Fallout #4, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1–12, Spider-Men #1–5 November 8, 2015 978-0785197782
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 2 Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #13–28 and #16.1 October 22, 2015 978-0785197799

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man (2014–2015)[edit]

Title Material collected Release date
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1: Revival Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1–5, Ultimate Spider-Man #200 November 2014
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 2: Revelations Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #6–12 June 2015
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 3 Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1–3, Ultimate Spider-Man #200, Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1–12 December 2015
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus (Hardcover) Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1–28, #16.1; Spider-Men #1–5; Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1–3; Ultimate Spider-Man #200; Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1–12; Material From Ultimate Fallout #4. June 2018

Spider-Man (vol.2) (2016–2017)[edit]

Title Material collected Release date
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Volume 1 Spider-Man (2016) #1–5 September 2016
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Volume 2 Spider-Man (2016) #6–11 April 2017
Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree Spider-Man (2016) #12–14, Spider-Gwen (2015B) #16–18 May 2017
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Volume 3 Spider-Man (2016) #15–21 November 2017
Spider-Men II Spider-Men II (2017) #1–5 December 2017
Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Volume 4 Spider-Man (2016) #234–240 July 2018
Spider-Man: Miles Morales Omnibus (Hardcover) Spider-Man (2016) #1–5, Spider-Man (2016) #6–11, Spider-Man (2016) #12–14, Spider-Gwen (2015B) #16–18, Spider-Man (2016) #15–21, Spider-Men II (2017) 1–5, Spider-Man (2016) #234–240 February 2020

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018–present)[edit]

Title Material collected Release date
Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1–6 July 2019
Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Vol. 2: Bring on the Bad Guys Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7–10, Free Comic Book Day 2019 Spider-Man/Venom (Spider-Man story) #1 January 2020
Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales\Immortal Hulk Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1–3, Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk #1 January 2020
Miles Morales Spider-Man, Vol. 3: Family Business Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11–15 July 2020


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Spider-Man family tree
Will Fitzpatrick
Captain George StacyMary Teresa Parker (née Fitzpatrick)Richard Laurence ParkerBenjamin Franklin "Uncle Ben" ParkerMaybelle "May" Parker (née Reilly)John Jonah Jameson Sr.David BurnollBetty Burnoll
Emily LymanNorman Osborn
Green Goblin
Gwendolyne Maxine "Gwen" Stacy of Earth-616[n 1]Peter Benjamin Parker
Mary Jane "MJ" Watson
[n 2]
Teresa ParkerJoan JamesonJohn Jonah Jameson Jr.Marla Madison
John Jonah Jameson III
Colonel Jupiter / Man-Wolf / Stargod
Linda BrownGloria Morales
Gabriel Stacy and Sarah StacyRichard "Richie" Parker[n 1]Benjamin Richard "Benjy" Parker[n 3][n 4]May "Mayday" Parker
[n 3]
Anna-May "Annie" Parker
[n 2]
Aaron Davis
The Prowler
/ Iron Spider
Jefferson Davis
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Scorpion
Rio Morales
Elizabeth "Liz" Allan
Harold Theopolis "Harry" Lyman
(né Osborn)
Green Goblin / American Son
Kaine Parker
Tarantula / Scarlet Spider[n 5]
Janine Godbe
Elizabeth Tyne[n 3]
Benjamin "Ben" Reilly
Scarlet Spider / Spider-Man / Jackal[n 5]
Gwendolyne Maxine "Gwen" Stacy of Earth-65
Spider-Woman / Spider-Gwen / Ghost-Spider
Miles Gonzalo Morales
Spider-Man / Spy-D / Kid Arachnid / Captain Universe
Wilhelmina "Billie" Mariana Morales
Norman Harold "Normie" Osborn
Green Goblin / Red Goblin / Goblin Childe
Reilly Tyne
[n 3]
Ultimate Spider-Woman
Jessica Drew / Peter Parker / Julia Carpenter / Parker Peters / Black Widow
[n 6][n 5]
Spider-Girl[n 7]
Maximilian "Max"
Spider-Boy[n 7]
  1. ^ a b In the temporary continuity of House of M only.
  2. ^ a b In the continuity of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows only.
  3. ^ a b c d In the continuity of the MC2 (Marvel Comics 2) imprint only.
  4. ^ An older Benjamin Parker additionally appears in J. J. Abrams' Spider-Man as an only child.
  5. ^ a b c Biological clone of Peter Parker created by Miles Warren.
  6. ^ In the continuity of the Ultimate Marvel imprint only.
  7. ^ a b In the continuity of Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree only.