How Miles Morales Fits Into the MCU

Miles Morales

How Miles Could Fit Into the MCU

Since Spider-Man: Homecoming only establishes that Miles Morales exists in the MCU, and doesn't offer any concrete details about the character, Aaron Davis' comment may be a simple Easter egg for fans of Marvel Comics. True, Homecoming doesn't even mention Miles Morales by name, and it's unclear how old the future Ultimate Spider-Man is based on Davis' comment - though we can presume he's somewhere between toddler- and preteen-aged. With so few details, it's impossible to tell when Miles could appear in future Spider-Man - or other MCU - films. That said, fans of Marvel know that the studio rarely does anything without some kind of plan or idea of where they're going.

In the case of bringing Miles into the MCU, it wouldn't happen in any real capacity for some time - certainly not before Sony launches their upcoming animated Spider-Man film starring the character. Written by The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the untitled animated Spider-Man movie is due to hit theaters in December 2018 - not long before the July 2019 release of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. The animated Spider-Man film has been filling out its cast in recent months, with Dope's Shameik Moore voicing Miles and Luke Cage's Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis - obviously establishing the film as taking place outside the MCU (though that was already confirmed). Depending on Sony's plan for their animated Spider-Man film - specifically, whether that plan includes sequels or a larger shared universe - the studio may decide to keep Miles in his own Marvel universe.

Of course, there's also the possibility that Sony brings Miles to live-action for its non-Spider-Man Spider-Man universe, which currently contains the Tom Hardy-starring Venom flick and Gina Prince-Bythewood's Silver and Black. It's been unclear as of late how Sony plans to launch a shared universe featuring Spider-Man characters without Tom Holland's Peter Parker. Marvel's Kevin Feige has said unequivocally that they're separate, while Sony's Amy Pascal has confused the issue. Perhaps, Sony plans to bring Miles Morales - a Miles Morales who is the nephew of Glover's Aaron Davis - to their Venom universe. But it's unclear whether that would be allowable under Sony and Marvel's deal, and whether it would be too confusing for casual moviegoers.

All that's to say, Sony still holds the rights to Spider-Man, including Peter Parker and Miles Morales, and Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Sony movie - which is why the studio gets to keep all the film's profits. So, whatever Marvel Studios would like to do with the Ultimate Spider-Man, at the end of the day, it's Sony's decision whether Miles officially joins the MCU.

Miles' Possible Future In the MCU

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For now, it seems Marvel Studios is focusing on Peter Parker's arc, with Spider-Man having a five-movie storyline - beginning with Civil War and continuing through Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, and Homecoming 2. Beyond this arc, Holland has confirmed Sony and Marvel are planning a Spider-Man trilogy for Peter Parker, which follows in line with the MCU featuring trilogies of its top characters. That said, if Spider-Man's current story arc wraps up in Homecoming 2, it's unclear how a third film in the character's trilogy will factor in.

One possibility, is that the third solo Spider-Man movie in the MCU introduces Miles Morales and features a role reversal of sorts, with Peter mentoring Miles to become Spider-Man, a flip on the script of Homecoming. Holland has already expressed interest in seeing the Ultimate Spider-Man brought to life in the MCU, and a number of actors have tossed their names in the ring to portray the superhero - including Power Rangers' RJ Cyler, who wants to play Miles. Though Miles started off his comic book run by taking up the Spider-Man mantle after Peter Parker's death, there is some precedent in the comics for Miles and Peter existing in the same universe, albeit an alternate universe.

Certainly, the MCU hasn't seen any of its main superheroes pass on their mantle to another character - yet. Avengers 4 wraps up the story arcs and contracts for a number of the main Avengers characters and while they could choose to continue on, it's likely the MCU will see different characters pick up established mantles. Fans have been speculating for years who will pick up Captain America's shield once Chris Evans steps away from the MCU, especially since the contracts of both Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson aka Falcon) are rumored to far exceed when Evans' is up and both characters have taken the mantle in the comics.

So, it's possible Marvel Studios is already preparing for the day when Holland departs the MCU - though, if he has anything to say about it, he may play Spider-Man for a long, long time - by establishing a character who could potentially pick up the Spider-Man mantle. That said, for now Miles Morales is a simple Easter egg for fans of the Marvel Comics in Spider-Man: Homecoming. While he could be introduced and prove to play a much bigger role in the MCU down the line, that won't happen before Homecoming 2 kicks off Phase 4 - perhaps the character will get a brief appearance, like Miles showing up in the Spider-Man PS4 footage from this year's E3. Until Marvel lays out their plans for Miles in the MCU, fans will have to wait and see.

Next: Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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