Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Marvel's Spider-Man.
Miles Morales takes his first step in becoming a superhero in Insomniac Games' Spider-Man, which is out now exclusively on PlayStation 4. Miles is featured as a supporting character in the new game, but Peter Parker is the only Spider-Man. Miles develops his powers, but not until the end of the game.
The fan-favorite character was revealed to have a role in the game in footage from E3 2017. Along with Mary Jane Watson, Miles serves as an ally to the web-slinger and a friend to Peter. Both characters are playable in certain situations, but since Spider-Man's version of Miles is a normal person, players don't have access to his comic book counterpart's superhuman abilities.
However, Miles does gain powers over the course of the game's story. At a certain point in the game, Mary Jane breaks into Norman Obsorn's apartment, where he had been studying one of the radioactive spiders that presumably bit Parker. While snooping around, Mary Jane accidentally breaks the case where the spider is kept, allowing it to crawl into her jacket without her knowledge. The spider later crawls out of her jacket, into a box, and bites the person who picks it up: Miles Morales.
In Spider-Man's mid-credits scene, Miles shows off his new powers to Peter by sticking to the ceiling. Peter then reveals his identity as Spider-Man by using the same ability. The scene was an important moment both for Miles and the game, considering the character's popularity and importance to the Marvel Universe.
In 2011, Marvel Comics famously killed off the Ultimate version of Peter Parker, and introduced Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales as Ultimate Marvel's next Spider-Man. Following the collapse of the Ultimate timeline, Marvel moved Miles to the mainstream universe. Now both Peter and Miles share the "Spider-Man" mantle. Miles has since appeared in Spider-Man cartoons and numerous Marvel games, and will get his big screen debut as the lead in Sony's animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Now that Miles has superpowers, it's hard to say where the character will go from here in terms of the sequel. The next game could give Miles an expanded role. Miles could be utilized as a sidekick, a superhero-in-training, or even as a partner to the veteran wall-crawler. It's possible that players will even have the option of playing as their favorite of the two Spider-Men.
Spider-Man is available now exclusively for the PlayStation 4.