As part of the interviews from the Spider-Man: Homecoming press junkets, Marvel President Kevin Feige revealed that not only Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the character of Miles Morales exists as well.
Peter Parker has been the main face behind Spider-Man for the majority of the character’s history, but other alter egos have taken the great power and responsibility throughout the character’s long-run. The most recent edition to the canon was teenager Miles Morales, introduced in 2011 as the Ultimate edition of Spider-Man following the death of Peter Parker in that pocket universe.
Morales is not only the most popular alternate version of Spider-Man, but is also the first African-American character to take on the role of the web-slinging superhero. Despite his popularity, all three live-action iterations of the character have followed Peter Parker. With the deal that was made between Sony and Marvel, however, Kevin Feige mentioned in an interview with ScreenCrush that Morales does indeed exist somewhere in the MCU:
“All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that. But anything that’s happened in the books is potential material for us. In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony’s making. But where we go … we definitely want you to go “He’s there. He’s there somewhere.”
Just as we recently learned that Marvel has made it canon that Peter Parker was present during Iron Man 2, Morales’ presence in the universe for now will not be pronounced. But with Homecoming producer Amy Pascal recently clarifying statements that the upcoming Venom and Black Cat/Silver Sable movies are not connected to the MCU, this feels like Feige’s way of teasing the character may be an exception.
Morales will be the main character of Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie that is due out in December 0f 2018. Dope and The Get Down actor Shameik Moore will provide the voice for Morales, which was written by recently ousted Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Ironically, around the time of the casting of Andrew Garfield as the second Peter Parker, there was a feverish online campaign for Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Donald Glover to play Miles Morales. Glover has now grown out of the age range for the role, but appears in the film as another mysterious role.
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