- "I'll always have my family."
- ―Miles Morales
Miles Morales is a teenager who was bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him extraordinary spider-like abilities. He took up the mantle of the masked vigilante after the death of his world's Peter Parker, having found the strength to do so after saving the city from the Super-Collider with the Spider-Gang.
Miles Morales lived in Brooklyn, New York, of African-American and Puerto Rican descent. Miles grew up admiring his city's protector, the beloved hero Spider-Man, despite Jeff's — his father and a police man — reservations about him.
Gifted with the arts, Miles expresses himself by leaving sticker tags wherever he could and with graffiti. After passing the entry test to the exclusive private school Brooklyn Visions Academy, he won a lottery for a slot in the school and was immediately enrolled. In spite of this, he was reluctant to leave behind his friends and his old school where he was comfortable and popular. His reluctance surrounding his new school occasionally put him at odds with his father.
Desperate to be sent back to his old school, Miles tried to fail his classes in an attempt to get expelled but was called out by one of his teachers instead. Stressed out by his school situation, Miles visited his paternal uncle, Aaron. Aaron took Miles to an abandoned subway terminal, which served as a canvas for Miles to freely throw up his graffiti and express himself. While there, Miles got bitten by a genetically modified Alchemax spider labeled "42", which he quickly killed.
The following day, Miles underwent a bizarre series of changes, including a growth spurt and the ability to adhere to materials and surfaces. At school, Miles tried to flirt with a fellow new student who'd piqued his interest, and strangely introduced herself as "Gwanda", and uncontrollably got his fingers stuck in her hair, forcing the girl to have the side of her head shaved. Embarrassed and overwhelmed, Miles ran and found himself walking along the side of their school's building until he eventually found his way to his dorm room. There, he found a comic book owned by his roommate which showed the origins of Spider-Man, realizing that he was experiencing a similar transformation.
Wanting to prove to himself that he was not turning into another Spider-Man, he returned to the subway terminal where he was bitten by the spider and was surprised to see the dead spider seemingly extraordinarily glitching. Miles "senses" danger around him, his senses leading him to a facility further underground and witnessed Spider-Man himself battling Goblin. Accidentally pulled into the scene, Miles had to be saved by Spider-Man whose Spider-Sense quickly made him realize that Miles had spider abilities like him. Spider-Man told him that he would help train him.
Spider-Man didn't get the chance, however, as Miles witnessed Kingpin kill him after the Super-Collider was activated and partially destroyed. Before he died, Peter gave Miles an override key and asked him to finish the job for him and destroy the collider. Fisk and the others heard him and sent the Prowler to get him. Miles barely managed to escape, and once he had, Miles, along with the rest of the city, grieved Spider-Man's death, all the while he struggled with the promise he made to the dying Peter. Basing off his next steps on Spider-Man comics, Miles tried to train but became forlorn when he accidentally broke the override key.
While at Peter's grave one evening, Miles was approached by a man who looked like an older Peter. Miles, still with no control over his powers, electrocuted the man. Miles ran from the authorities with the older Peter in tow and questioned him, discovering that the man was Peter B. Parker — Spider-Man from another dimension, pulled to his by Kingpin's machine. Peter seemed adamant about not involving himself with Miles' problem and was initially only concerned about using the machine to get home, but Miles was able to guilt trip him into helping him ensure that the machine can be destroyed once he's been sent home.
The pair traveled to Alchemax where Peter ordered Miles to stay outside, though he eventually snuck in when he saw Fisk arrive. In a panic, they ended up learning about another unique ability of his: invisibility. Because Peter was trying to distract the head scientist, Olivia Octavius, and Miles couldn't figure out how to extract the information needed for their new goober, Miles decided to sneak away with the whole computer. Doc Ock and the security gave chase and they would have been caught if not for the arrival of Miles's classmate "Wanda", who then properly introduced herself as Gwen Stacy — Spider-Woman from another dimension.
The three headed to Queens, to the home of this world's Aunt May. There, in Peter's shed, they were introduced to three more displaced Spider-People: Peni Parker, Peter Porker, and a black-and-white Peter. Knowing someone would have to destroy the machine behind those who will go home, Miles volunteered so that no one would have to sacrifice themselves. The group, except for Peter who tried to stand up for him, put an unwilling Miles' spider abilities to the test and were visibly disappointed when they realized that he hadn't mastered any of his abilities yet.
Pressured and alone, a crestfallen Miles left the bunker to try and figure it out on his own. He went to his Uncle Aaron's in hopes of asking him for advice and ended up accidentally discovering that his uncle was in fact the Prowler. The Prowler felt his presence and chased him off and later tailed him as he made his way to the rest of the Spider-Gang. The battle scattered the Spider-People momentarily, leaving Miles with the Prowler.
- Miles: "Uncle Aaron... This is my fault."
- Aaron: "No, Miles. I'm sorry. I wanted you to look up to me. I let you down, man. I let you down. You're the best of all of us, Miles. You're on your way. Just keep going."
- ―Miles and Aaron during the latter's final moments, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
In a last ditch effort to appeal to his uncle, Miles unmasked himself, stopping Aaron in his tracks. A stunned Aaron unmasked himself, put Miles' back on, and stepped away, defying Fisk's orders only to get shot by Fisk himself. Miles swung away from the scene with his uncle and the pair bid their goodbyes. Miles's mourning was interrupted by the arrival of his father; though he managed to get away, his escape made Jeff assume that he was responsible for Aaron's death and an APB was put out for him.
- Miles: "When will I know I'm ready?"
- Peter: "You won't. It's a leap of faith."
- ―Miles and Peter, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Devastated and even more confused about what to do next, he returned to his dorm room and was quickly tracked down by the rest of the Spider-Gang. Miles insisted that he would be the one to shut down the collider, and though Peter was the one who had faith in him in the beginning, he showed Miles that he wasn't ready when Miles couldn't free himself from Peter's grip, either by electrocuting him or turning invisible on command. Peter webbed Miles up to prevent him from following them and took the goober and the others left for Fisk Tower.
While bound and gagged, Jefferson arrived and, speaking outside his door and assuming that the silent Miles was just ignoring him, tried to apologize to Miles for his shortcomings; though his father seemed to want to tell him about Aaron's death, he was unable to and instead said that he did not want them to drift apart. Jeff told him that he was proud of Miles and believed in his ability to be anything he wanted. Inspired, Miles managed to build up enough energy for a bioelectric blast and freed himself from his restraints.
Miles returned to Peter's Spider-Man basement, which opened instantly for him and May was already lying in wait, expecting his return. May gave him a pair of web-shooters and a Spider-Man suit for him to use, which Miles spray-painted over with his own design. Miles tested out his abilities in the city and, finally feeling confident that he was ready to become Spider-Man, took the "leap of faith" that Peter had described to him earlier. Self-assured that he was capable, Miles followed the others to the collider and joined in the fight with against Doc Ock.
Miles swiped the goober from Peter and took control of the collider's beam, allowing the other Spiders to return to their home dimensions. Gwen affirmed that they were friends, and Peter expressed how proud he was of Miles — and that their time together seemed to have changed his mind about having children. Just as Miles was about to send Peter home, they sensed the presence of the angry Wilson Fisk nearby and prepared for a fight. Peter was about to stay, not wanting Miles to die, but Miles flipped the tables and did on Peter what Peter did to him earlier and dangled him over the portal, telling Peter to take his own leap of faith back in his own universe.
Once Peter was through the Portal, Miles fought the enraged Kingpin while atop the many objects flying around the collider. Fisk overpowered Miles, but when Miles saw and heard his father cheering him on from some distance away, Miles mustered up the strength to perform another venom blast, incorporating his uncle's "shoulder touch" move, and incapacitated Fisk. With Fisk's body, Miles managed to shut down the collider and end the battle.
Miles webbed Fisk up for everyone to see and was unable to stop himself from hugging his father after a phone call with him. Jeff thanked him for his efforts and said he would just "agree to disagree" with his methods. With this save now under his belt, Miles gained the public's approval as the new Spider-Man.
In the aftermath, with Miles' renewed self-confidence, Miles began to do well in school, introduced himself to his roommate as Spider-Man, and began to bond with his father. While in bed one evening, a dimensional portal opened above him and the voice of Gwen called out to him.
Miles is an intelligent and talented young boy. He shows interest and talent in hip-hop and graffiti cultures, constantly stamping his art around Brooklyn as a form of self-expression.
Miles is an easy-going and friendly kid, hoping to make friends with his typically humor. Though popular among his friends at Brooklyn Middle, Miles found himself having a hard time fitting in with the students at Visions whom he considered elitist and either made fun of or largely ignored him. He also has a habit of making jokes whenever he is in awkward situations as a sort of a tension breaker.
When Miles was first introduced, his potential is recognized by a lot of people around him but himself; Miles was full of self-doubt in his new, unfamiliar environment, believing himself undeserving of his place at Brooklyn Visions Academy. Paralleled with
Miles journey towards accepting his new role as New York's protector was, despite being brief, a rocky one. Paralleled with his own self-doubt with school, Miles was riddled with doubt and fear about embracing his new abilities. With encouragement from his new friends, his uncle, and his father, Miles eventually found the courage to take the biggest "leap of faith" of his life. Now with the will and determination to do better, Miles began to actively participate in school and began fighting crime in New York more confidently as Spider-Man.
Throughout this, Miles was brave and was also often stubborn, insisting that, despite his inexperience, he would be the one to destroy the collider — both to fulfill his promise to his world's Spider-Man as well as to ensure that none of the trapped Spider-People would have to risk their lives by staying behind for the task.
Powers & Abilities
- Spider physiology: Having been bitten by a genetically-altered spider similar to Peter Parker himself, Miles possesses enhanced strength, speed, agility, spider-sense, and the ability to climb walls.
- Superhuman strength: Miles possesses the proportionate strength of a spider, allowing him to lift heavy loads and combat foes that would otherwise overwhelm him. His physical strength also extends to his legs, enabling him to be able to push off the ground to jump great distances and heights.
- Superhuman speed: Miles possesses the proportionate speed of a spider, therefore he can run and move at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. He is able to traverse several paces while running and web-swinging.
- Superhuman agility: Miles possesses enhanced levels of agility that are far beyond the natural physical limits of a gymnast. Even without training, Miles was able to do flips, rolls, springs, and land safely on his feet when the situation called for it.
- Superhuman durability: Miles body became far tougher and denser than that of a regular human as he was able to withstand falls from extreme heights, blunt force trauma, and superhuman blows with little damage.
- Wall-crawling: Miles possesses the ability to cling onto any surface using just his fingertips and feet, which he, and other Spider-People, had trouble controlling at first.
- Spider-Sense: When a potential threat is within his vicinity, Miles experiences a buzzing sensation in his head as a sort of a early warning system, allowing him to react accordingly. His spider-sense offers him near complete awareness of his surroundings that, in conjunction with his reflexes, allows him to instinctively dodge or counter attacks directed at him. His spider-sense helps him recognize other individuals with spider-powers, making them have some sort of connection. Spider-sense can also work somewhat like precognition, allowing the Spider-Person to glimpse the future very briefly; when Miles first experienced this, he heard the voices and words of people that had yet to be spoken.
- Spider-Camouflage: Due to the nature of the radioactive spider that bit him, Miles is able to blend himself and his clothing into his surroundings, effectively turning him "invisible" to the naked eye.
- Venom Strike: Miles is able to produce electricity through his hands to shock his enemies or to inflict damage to nearby devices. His venom strike can be used against an opponent at a distance by conducting it through a material in which Miles and his opponent are in contact. His electrical force was strong enough to knock Peter unconscious, incapacitate Fisk, and destroy Peter's strong webs and his roommate's chair.
- Bilingualism: Miles speaks English and Spanish.
- Skilled combatant: Though not professionally-trained, Miles' spider-senses and reflexes make him a capable melee fighter.
- Skilled artist: Miles is a highly-talented graffiti artist, being able to utilize his talents to create his own art.
- Gifted intellect: Though Miles felt undeserving at first as he got into Brooklyn Vision Academy through a scholarship lottery, Miles is a highly-gifted individual. This was noted bys his teacher, who observed that the only way he could intentionally get all the answers on a test wrong is by knowing all the correct answers. Additionally, as pointed out by his father, he still passed the school's entrance exam.
- Web-shooters: Peter's Aunt May made these web-shooters specifically for him and gave it to him once Miles himself felt ready to take on the mantle of Spider-Man.
- Spider-Man suit: Using one of Peter's suits, or one custom-fitted for him by Aunt May, Miles spray-painted over the suit with red and black and a new Spider-Man symbol of his own.
- Miles' in-movie contacts list contains several Easter eggs, featuring names of several Marvel characters and real-world creators, and whether the characters appearances will be considered canon and someday written into the story as people he truly knows, or if they will simply be nods, remain to be seen.
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