Peter Parker takes a backseat as a new Spider-Man shoots into the spotlight. It’s time to meet Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino teenager on the big screen!
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles had appeared in Marvel’s now-defunct Ultimate comics’ line in 2011. Since then he gained global attention and has since been introduced into the main Marvel Universe.
Miles’ web-head adventures have been well-received, winning him a good following. In fact, after Marvel Studios’ deal with Sony, many hoped that when Spider-Man was welcomed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be the Miles Morales version of the character. While Marvel went with Peter Parker, Miles was expected to debut someday after the hints dropped via 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The film follows Miles, his supporting cast, and struggles with power and responsibility. In doing so, it also depicts New York through Miles’ perspective, which is very different from Peter Parker’s.
Miles has no family tragedy that spurs him to become Spider-Man. However, the trailer shows us the pressures he undergoes due to his secret identity, especially since his dad is a cop. What’s more, his father, though loving and devoted, mistrusts costumed heroes and Miles is forced to hide his powers from him out of a sense of shame.
The trailer is a lot to unpack. Starting off with brief glimpses of Kingpin and even Rhino. The end of the trailer also introduces Spider-Gwen which is an utter delight to the Spider-Verse fans who is an alternate reality version of Gwen Stacy.
In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, where Miles originated, Norman Osborn aka the Green Goblin created genetically engineered spiders that resulted in Peter Parker gaining the powers of Spider-Man. He didn’t create just one spider, and Miles was later bitten and also received powers. It’s only after witnessing Peter’s showdown with Norman, which left both characters dead, that Miles took up Spider-Man’s mantle.
Peter Parker will play a major role in the film, given the existence of multiple universes, but it does seem like a version of him will die.
The animated Spider-flick has snared itself a fittingly impressive voice cast, with Shameik Moore as Miles Morales; Jake Johnson as a particularly haphazard Peter Parker; Liev Schreiber as Kingpin; Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen; Mahershala Ali as Miles’s uncle Aaron; Brian Tyree as Miles’s father, Jefferson; Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’s mother, Rio; and Lily Tomlin as Aunt May.
Many surprises are in store when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse drops into theatres in December.
Watch the trailer here: