Following the loss of his mother, Miles has stopped being Spider-Man. A year has passed and he is now dating Katie Bishop. Ganke, Gwen Stacy and Jessica Drew plead with Miles to take up the mantle of Spider-Man once more.
Miles was born to an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mother. Miles was born and raised in Brooklyn and has a aptitude for science much like his predecessor, Peter Parker. Miles, after being awarded the final spot in a Charter School Lottery, visited his Uncle Aaron, against his parents' wishes. While they discussed the opportunities that the school could open to him, the Oz-enhanced spider emerged from Aaron's bag and bit Miles on his hand, causing him to pass out and foam at the mouth. Later, when Miles awoke, Aaron was confronted by Miles' father. During a brief confrontation, Miles fled from Aaron's apartment. While hiding from his father on the street, Miles realized that he was starting to become invisible.
After telling his best friend Ganke that he has powers, Miles soon has no choice in using his powers to save people trapped inside a burning building. Afterward, he tells Ganke that he is not cut out to be a superhero and does not want to do anything like that again. While Miles and Ganke are adjusting to life at Brooklyn Visions Academy, Miles and his classmates are called to the school gym in the middle of the night. The students are informed that Queensboro Bridge has been turned in to a super hero war zone and that Spider-Man has been shot. Miles then sneaks out of the Academy, and goes where Spider-Man is fighting Green Goblin. He arrives right when Peter dies in the arms of his loved ones. Miles and Ganke later attends the funeral and Miles talks to Gwen Stacy, asking why Peter became a superhero. She explained to him that he did it because, "With great power comes great responsibility". With his new found inspiration, Miles decides to become the next Spider-Man in honor of Peter Parker.
Miles Morales was created by Brian Michael Bendis, and drawn by artist Sara Pichelli. He first appeared in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4. Micheal Bendis stated: "He's like 13. He's a kid. His mother's Puerto Rican. And for some reason the borough seems to be an issue for everybody, too: the borough is Brooklyn. Where he's going to school, and his own cast of characters, and his parents, and his family — you're going to meet them all in the first issue, and it's all pretty interesting stuff. They live in a world that's been pummeled by Magneto. It's a different world for them than it was for Peter. These elements are just important, too. A kid on a discovery, trying to figure out why to be Spider-Man. It's a big journey for him. It's a character going almost against his entire personality to do this, so a lot has to be discovered." Additionally, both Brian Michael Bendis and Axel Alonso, who is Marvel's editor-in-chief, were inspired by real life people and events when it came to creating Miles. Both cited Barack Obama being elected President of the United States as a positive motivation and sign that the country was ready for a hero like Miles, who could be a role-model to people of every race, specifically minorities.
Major Story Arcs
Becoming the New Spider-Man
Miles first heroic as the new Spider-Man was taking on the villain known as the Kangaroo. After taking him down with his venom strike and fleeing the scene, Miles thought that the suit was in bad taste after being commented on by civilians during the fight. While patrolling on the rooftops, Miles was attacked by Spider-Woman asking who he was. He was knocked unconscious after Spider-Woman webbed him up, and he accidentally knocked himself out by hitting the side of a satellite dish. Miles woke up to be confronted by Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Tony Stark and Spider-Woman at the Triskelion. Fury had a feeling that Miles was bitten by a genetically modified spider, and told him that Miles' Uncle Aaron was a criminal called the Prowler. Before he and Miles could ask even more questions, Electro had escaped from the medical ward inside the Triskelion and tried to escape. During his escape, Electro was attacked by the Ultimates, and with the help of Miles using his ability to turn invisible and using the venom strike behind Electro, they was able to subdue him. The next day, Jessica appeared at Miles' school with a case containing a new Spider-man costume, telling him that Fury will give him one chance to prove himself.
With The Prowler
While walking to class, Miles saw his Uncle Aaron near the gate. Aaron revealed that he knew Miles was the new Spider-Man, while Miles revealed that he knew that his Uncle was the Prowler. Aaron then asked Miles to work together with him to take on the Scorpion, but Miles initially refused. Aaron then threaten to tell Miles parents his secret. With little choice, Miles texted his Uncle later at night and told him that he was in.
At night, both Miles and Aaron took on the Scorpion at a night club, and defeated him. Unfortunately for Miles, his Uncle was just using him to become the new Kingpin of New York, and was going to keep using him to take down the competition. Wanting no part of his plans, Miles decided to fight back, despite that his Uncle could reveal his secret to his family. During the battle, Miles managed to use his venom strike on his Uncle, damaging some of his equipment. When Aaron tried to use his gauntlets on his nephew, they malfunctioned and exploded, catching Miles in the blast. Miles was mildly injured, but his uncle was severely injured. Before dying, his uncle told him that he was just like him.
Miles suddenly encountered an alternative version of Peter Parker, who accidentally was transported into Miles' universe thanks to Mysterio, on the rooftops. Peter, who already confused enough by seeing Miles, attacked him. Miles was able to knock Peter out with his venom strike despite the latter being more experienced. He then brought Peter to Nick Fury at the Triskelion. When Peter came to, he managed to convince Nick Fury that he was from an alternative universe. Fury then ask Miles to fill Peter in about the previous Spider-Man in the helicopter, but before he could, Mysterio appeared and shot down the helicopter with a RPG. Miles and Peter fought with him while Mysterio used his illusions to try to distract them. The two managed to subdue him, but the real Mysterio self-destructed the body he was controlling, knocking Miles unconscious. When Miles woke up, Nick Fury and The Ultimates were standing around him, while Peter was missing. Fury had an idea to where he was headed.
Miles headed to Aunt May and Gwen Stacy house where he found Peter. Miles stayed around while Peter talked with the alternative versions of Gwen and Aunt May, until Nick Fury arrived. Back at the Triskelion, they managed to find the location of Mysterio and made a plan to strike. With the help of Nick Fury, the Ultimates, and Miles, Peter manage to defeat Mysterio. Nick Fury decided to keep Mysterio in the Ultimate Universe, but before going home Peter gave Miles his blessing.
Divided We Fall
Miles was shaken after learning that his Uncle Aaron was killed, making matters worse was when the Daily Bugle called Miles a murder. Later at school, Miles received a phone call telling him to meet him at a specific warehouse after school. While going to the warehouse, Miles saw a supervillain named Batroc and took him down. When he arrived, at the warehouse, he was greeted by Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. They were about to give Miles Peter's web shooters and the formula to create web fluid when Captain America appeared saying that Miles shouldn't be Spider-Man.
Captain America revealed that he was following Miles and saw him in action, stating that he was too young to be Spider-Man, and told him that he would arrest him if he continued. Captain America then leaves after learning that Rhino attacking New York. Despite Captain America's warning, Aunt May gave Miles Peter's web shooters and gave him her blessing to be Spider-Man.
After having some trouble using the web shooters, Miles managed to locate Rhino and help out Captain America. Although reluctant to use the venom strike (due to using it against his Uncle), Miles used it to defeat Rhino. Captain America then agrees to let Miles be Spider-Man, but he still needs training.
United We Stand
During school, Miles learned that the Academy was closing, due to the United States in civil war. Miles decided to use that time to join the Ultimates. He traveled to the Triskelion, and after a brief argument with Captain America, the Triskelion was then attacked by Hydra. Miles then helped Captain America and SHIELD subdue Hydra. Captain America was again impressed by Miles, and told him he could join. Miles was also present when Captain America was shortly inaugurated as the newly elected President of the United States.
Miles was then sent to retake Wisconsin from Hydra with the Ultimates. During the battle, Miles continued to argue with Spider-Woman about being on the Ultimates. Miles managed to save President Rogers from a War Machine drone about to attack him, but in the process, he flew away from the battlefield crashing in the middle of nowhere. When Miles awoke, he found himself miles away from the battlefield. As he continued walking, he managed to find Cassandra Lang (Giant-Woman) however, she was still under the influence of Modi's mind control and attacked him. After a long battle, Miles managed to render her unconscious with his venom strike. Soon after, Spider-Woman located Miles and Cassandra.
Back in New York, Jessica provided Miles with some new clothes and a cover story for his parents to explain his disappearance.
When Venom attacked Miles' father, Jefferson Davis, Miles had to don his costume once again and fight against the creature even trying to use the web shooters with a new formula that wasn't complete due to Ganke. Miles was able to fend off the creature until his dad was injured in the fight, thus allowing Venom to escape.
After his mother left with his father in an ambulance, Miles began to feel that the reason for his father even being injured was all his fault and that this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for him. Mary Jane and Gwen show up and explain to Miles about their own history with Venom.
Maria Hill appears as well, she reveals that she knows all about Miles and tells him that he has to stop Venom before anyone else gets hurt. Miles was about to confront Maria to learn a little bit more about her until a police officer receives information about Venom attacking the hospital that Miles' father was put in.
Miles goes to confront Venom, using his Venom Blast in battle. But Venom gains the upper hand in the battle and grabs a hold of Miles, but he is saved by his mother who shoots the creature with a pistol. Miles tells his mother to leave which she refuses to do.
Miles is once again grabbed by the symbiotic creature and Venom starts to consume him when Rio reveals that Spider-Man is her son. Venom starts to consume Rio as well until Miles uses his Venom Blast once again, separating the Venom symbiote from its host as well as freeing both Miles and his mother, the host turns out to be Conrad Marcus, an ex-employee of Osborn Industries who was now working for Roxxon Corporation. The police arrive on the scene and open fire upon the Venom symbiote as well as Conrad.
Miles manages to move his mother to safety but finds out that he is too late as she has turned out to be injured while she was in the crossfire. Miles calls for help, not wanting his mother to die. She stops him and starts to tell him of how proud she is and to never reveal that he is Spider-Man to his father before passing away.
The next day, Miles goes to his room and angrily rips up his Spider-Man costume while screaming "NO-MORE!", thus starting the one year time skip into the next arc.
Spider-Man No More!
One year after the Venom War arc, Miles is now 14 years old and hasn't been Spider-Man during the time that has passed. Even though Ganke and Spider-Woman try to convince Miles of donning the costume again, Miles continues to reject the idea due to him feeling guilty for his mother's death. Miles also has a girlfriend named Katie Bishop, who Ganke says that she should also know about Miles' powers and that he used to be Spider-Man. While walking in New York with his father after leaving a restaurant, Cloak and Dagger appear fighting against Bombshell. Jessica Drew once again appears in Miles' room, she helps convince him to put on the suit again when she explains her origins about her being a clone of Peter Parker and being created by Roxxon. Miles finally dons his costume and heads out with Spider-Woman to take down the Roxxon Corporation once and for all.
Age of Ultron
During the last issue of the "Age of Ultron" event, Miles Morales is seen swinging through New York City and notices a large figure within the clouds, that large figure turns out to be Galactus and thus starting the "Hunger" story event.
Weight: 115 lbs with dark skin, closely-cropped black hair, and
Description: Miles is just now starting to fill out his frame and grow taller. He dresses primarily in jeans and t-shirts or hoodies, a size or two too large for him.
Powers & Abilities
Miles' powers and abilities, are derived from three separate sources:
- Mutation: After being bitten by the Oz-enhanced spider, Miles discovered he received super-human abilities like camouflage, increased agility, and some sort of stunning blast.
- Super Soldier Serum: After exposure to a serum developed from Peter Parker’s blood, Miles developed Peter’s spider-themed Super Soldier abilities.
- Techno-organic grafts: Miles physical enhancements were further increased by the Canaanites’, by fusing of techno-organic material to his bones, muscles, and connective tissues. The T-O also offers Miles significant resistance to psionics; Telekinesis slips off of him, and only the strongest telepaths can penetrate his mind.
Superhuman Strength: Miles can lift and press several tons, and can cause harm to super powered individuals with a single punch. However, Miles has to pull his punches and kicks, otherwise his blows would prove fatal to a normal human. His physical strength also extends into his legs, enabling him to jump several stories in a single bound. The upper limits of his strength are still unknown.
Superhuman Durability: Miles' body is physically tougher, and more resistant to some types of injury than the body of a normal human. His body is also more resistant to impact forces than most humans. He can withstand great impacts, such as being thrown through a plate-glass window, something that would severely injure or kill a normal human.
Superhuman Stamina: Miles possess an advanced musculature, that produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods of time before fatigue begins to impair him.
Superhuman Agility, Flexibility, and Reflexes: Miles' agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of a regular human athlete. He's also extraordinarily flexible. Miles can easily perform the most complicated acrobatic moves as his body is extremely flexible, giving him agility, balance and bodily coordination that surpass those of the finest human athletes; He possesses excellent equilibrium allowing him to balance himself on any object. His reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about 20 times greater than those of an ordinary human. In combination with his spider-sense, the speed of his reflexes allows him to dodge almost any attack.
Superhuman Speed: Miles can move at a speeds that surpasses that of the finest human athletes.
Regenerative Healing Factor/Immunity: Miles possess a healing factor, that allows him to recover/regenerate from severe injuries. The limits of his healing ability isn't yet known. Miles is more resistant to poisons, toxins, venom's, viruses, bacteria, etc then normal humans. Due to his accelerated metabolism, he can recover from the effects of poisons, bacteria, diseases. etc rapidly.
Spider-Sense: When danger is present, Miles feels a buzzing sensation in his head as a sort of warning system, allowing him to react accordingly-much like the Peter Parker; His Spider-Sense offers him near complete awareness of his surroundings, and in conjunction with his reflexes, allows him to instinctively dodge or counter nearly all attacks. His Spider-Sense seems to be greatly enhanced compared to that of Peter Parker. One example occurs the night that Peter is killed; Miles dreamed that he, himself, was being attacked by Electro, when, at the same time, the real Electro was preparing to hunt and murder Peter Parker many miles away. This suggests that Miles' ability may be borderline precognitive, as opposed to only warning of immediate danger. Unfortunately as of yet, he's not completely aware of the nature of this power. Miles is starting to figure out that "the buzzing" may be attempting to inform him of incoming danger, but again, he is unable as of yet to use it to his advantage like Peter could.
Electrokinesis: Miles has the ability to manipulate his bio-electric field and generate currents through specialized structures in his cells.
Venom Sting: Miles can temporarily paralyze his enemies by simply touching them with his hands. It seems that there are varying degrees to this ability, as some opponents have been simply dazed where others have been completely incapacitate, and the Venom Strike is powerful enough to render a person who has grown to giant size unconscious. Miles can use this power against an opponent at a distance by conducting it through a material in which both he and his opponent are in contact with. This power also provides a great advantage, allowing Miles to end a confrontation quickly with little collateral damage.
Spider-Camouflage: Not unlike a chameleon, Miles, including his clothing, can blend into his surroundings, allowing him to sneak up on his enemies or, in some cases, flee from them. The resulting effect closely resembles that of invisibility.
Wall-Crawling: Miles can cling to any surface using just his fingertips and feet. The extent to how much pressure he can stick to is unknown, except that he can handle lifting his own weight. He can stick to surfaces even through layers of clothing and footwear.
Equipment & Skills
Spider Suit: Miles wears a costume given to him by S.H.I.E.L.D. It's a skin-tight black and red ensemble with a mask that covers every square inch of his face. The suit is thin and lightweight which offers Miles superb maneuverability, but the suit is also incredibly tough and resistant to damage, including gunshots, so Miles is well protected.
Web Shooters: Miles initially uses Peter Parker's Web Shooters, which were given to him by May Parker. He is eventually given a new set of Web Shooters by S.H.I.E.L.D. discharge a stream of a specialized fluid that solidifies upon exposure to air. The polymer is extremely strong and durable, with a tensile strength of 120 pounds per square millimeter of cross section. The polymer degrades after about one hour.
Intellect: Miles was always a fast learner and gifted student. He could speak simple sentences at just over 1 year old, and was reading and writing by age 3 ½.
Bilingual: Miles speaks both English and Spanish.
Training: Extensive Military (American and Canaanite) combat.
Fighting Skill: Miles is proficient in several combat techniques Americans and Canaanites. Miles favors rapid movement in and out of his opponent's range.
In Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, Miles appears as a playable character.
In Spider-Man: Edge of Time, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) can wear the suit Miles wears as an alternate costume.
In episode 21, season one of the Ultimate Spider-Man show, his name appears on a list showing possible actors to play Spider-Man in a school musical.