Miles Morales' Comic Backstory (& What The Spider-Verse Movie Changes)

Miles' Roommate Knows His Secret Identity

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse ended with a number of cool scenes, and in one of them Miles unmasked himself to his roommate. In the comics, it all went a little differently. The bewildered Miles didn't initially realize he was becoming a new Spider-Man; in fact, the first of his powers to manifest was the "active camouflage," which triggered when he ran away from his dad after an argument. Seriously freaked out, Miles went to his best friend Ganke for advice. At first they thought Miles might be a mutant, but Ganke worked out the similarities between what had happened to Miles and the (now-public) origin of Peter Parker's Spider-Man. In Ganke's view, being a superhero is the height of cool, and he was the one who persuaded Miles to live up to Peter's legacy.

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Miles' Relationship With Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen Miles Morales Kiss

Just as in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, there have indeed been sparks between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. Things finally began to hot up between the couple in an appropriately-titled crossover event called "Sittin' In A Tree," which even saw the two make out a couple of times. Unfortunately the relationship became a little strained when they encountered their future selves - married and with Spider-powered kids. Miles and Gwen were more than a little intimidated by this, and decided it would be wiser to take things slowly.

There's a real risk that the pressure of trying to become the couple they've seen in the future will cause the relationship between Miles and Gwen to break down. For now, though, they pay occasional visits to one another's dimensions and go on a date every now and again. Hilariously, few of Miles' superhero friends even believe Spider-Gwen exists in the first place; when he told the Champions about her, they were more than a little amused that he was claiming to have a girlfriend who they could conveniently never meet because she was in another dimension.

The Future Is Bright For Miles Morales

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Miles Morales

Marvel's Ultimate Universe range has long since come to an end, but somehow Miles Morales has endured. He's now part of the mainstream Marvel Comics universe, and as a result shares the Spider-Man name with Peter Parker. Miles has become one of the most important young characters in the Marvel universe, playing a major role in 2016's "Civil War II" event, and he's even served as a member of the Avengers. The Ultimate Spider-Man is now known as one of Marvel's most popular legacy heroes, alongside Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel, and the two work together as members of the Champions.

A sequel to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is in the works, with Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last AirbenderVoltron) joining up as director. Incredibly, it's also possible Miles will eventually turn in the Marvel Cinematic Universe too; Donald Glover played Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and in one scene even name-dropped his nephew Miles.

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Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018
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