WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming establishes Miles Morales exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; here’s how the Ultimate Spider-Man could fit in. Over the last 15 years, Hollywood has seen three different versions of Marvel Comics hero Peter Parker brought to life in live-action. First there was Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, which concluded on a threequel that wasn’t well received by audiences. Then Sony Pictures rebooted the hero a decade after Raimi’s original film with Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man, which was followed by a poorly received sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
However, while fans may have been disappointed by the superhero universe non-starter of Amazing Spider-Man 2, it laid the groundwork for Sony and Marvel to strike a deal and bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland debuted as the third live-action iteration of Peter Parker in 15 years during Marvel’s Phase 3 launchpad Captain America: Civil War, and is featured in his first solo entry in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming differs from previous iterations of the web-slinging hero because it skips over much of Peter Parker’s known origin story – when he’s introduced in Civil War, his Uncle Ben has already passed away (and isn’t explicitly mentioned or depicted in Homecoming) and he’s already received, and been using, his spidey powers. Additionally, though Holland’s Peter is a more experienced Spider-Man when viewers meet him, he’s the youngest version of the character audiences have seen since he’s a 15-year-old high school student. Still, much of Homecoming sees Peter working to balance his life as a superhero – one that fought alongside members of The Avengers in Civil War – with being a student and having a normal life.
Of course, since Spider-Man: Homecoming is a comic book movie, it contains plenty of Easter eggs and references to the various Marvel comics Watts drew on for inspiration. One of these references seems to establish that Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, exists in the MCU – which Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently confirmed. So, here’s what exactly the Ultimate Spider-Man reference in Spider-Man: Homecoming is and how Miles Morales fits into the MCU.
Homecoming’s Miles Morales Reference Explained
When Donald Glover was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there was a great deal of mystery surrounding his character – as there tends to be with high profile comic book films – with some speculating that he could be playing the MCU’s Miles. It has since been confirmed Glover plays Aaron Davis, who goes by the alias Prowler in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. In fact, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the character’s full name is highlighted, drawing attention to it, while Peter is investigating Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his weapons made from alien tech.
After thwarting a deal in which Glover’s Aaron Davis was trying to buy weaponry from Vulture’s henchmen, Spider-Man interrogates Davis about Vulture’s criminal operation. During this conversation, Davis offers Spider-Man information readily because, as he explains, he doesn’t want weapons like those made by Vulture’s men on the streets since he’s afraid for his nephew’s safety.
Now, Marvel Comics fans who recognized Aaron Davis’ name and connection to Miles in the comics will understand just who Glover’s character references with this comment. For those who aren’t aware of the connection: Aaron Davis is Miles Morales uncle (more specifically, the brother and former partner in crime of Miles’s father, Jefferson Davis). So, Miles Morales isn’t named in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the character is very much referenced by his uncle, Aaron Davis.
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