With Spider-Man: Homecoming less than six months from premiering, it’s almost hard to remember how exhilarating it was when fans learned that Marvel and Sony had struck a deal to join forces and bring the Web Head into the MCU. Back in those early days of the deal, it was unclear whether Marvel and Sony would take their third crack at adapting Peter Parker to the screen, or if they’d go in another direction. One obvious choice was to hand the webshooters over to Miles Morales, a character who took over for Peter in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics before crossing over to Marvel’s mainstream a couple of years ago.
Almost immediately, attention turned to the idea of Donald Glover playing the character, something fans had long hoped to see. While it never worked out, Glover is also joining the MCU in an undisclosed role. That role may be as one of the Vulture’s henchmen, or possibly someone working with Homecoming villain Shocker. Meanwhile, Miles’ star has continued to rise. He’s the headlining Spider-Man of the comics, is on the Avengers, and has had a recurring role on Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. He’ll also be joining Pete and Gwen Stacy for a new TV show, simply titled Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Still, fans are hoping to see Miles join the MCU in a live-action film, and with Glover too old to play the teen hero, a new name has popped up: Caleb McLaughlin. The Stranger Things star shared an image on Instagram of himself and Miles, asking what his fans thought about the idea of him playing the Wall Crawler (see below). Naturally, they were thrilled.
While McLaughlin lacks Miles’ Puerto Rican heritage (as did Glover), he’s the right age and build for Spidey and he’s a rising star, thanks to Stranger Things. With Stranger Things season 2 arriving soon, he’s likely to become even more in demand and start wielding even more industry clout. Unfortunately, the biggest stumbling block to Miles joining the MCU anytime soon is the fact that the first Tom Holland Spider-Man movie has yet to even land. In the comics, it’s Peter’s death that causes Miles to step into his shoes, and we don’t see that happening anytime soon. If he did join the MCU, however, McLaughlin might be teaming with his Stranger Things co-star Millie Bobby Brown. Brown visited the Avengers: Infinity War set recently, prompting speculation about whether or not Brown is playing an MCU character herself.
Regardless, there’s plenty more Miles to come from Marvel. We learned earlier this year that Miles is starring in the animated Spider-Man film that Sony is currently developing. That movie is being produced and co-written by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who will likely imbue it with the same manic energy as they did The LEGO Movie. We’ll bring you more news on Miles Morales and Spider-Man: Homecoming as it emerges, so stay tuned.
Source: Caleb McLaughlin