Miles Morales: The True Story of the Spider-Verse Star | NowThis Nerd


Hi everyone, I’m Versha, and for a lot of people, ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ is going to be their first introduction to the Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Since 2011, he’s taken the superhero world by storm, but it didn’t happen overnight. We’re not going to get into Miles’ in-canon origin here, since we already covered that in our ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Spider-Verse’ video. Instead, we’re going to talk about how the decision to
create a Spider-Man of color went down behind the scenes, and how Miles rose through the ranks to become one of comics’ most important new characters. This is How Miles Morales Hit it Big Let’s start with How He Came to Be The idea of a Black Spider-Man isn’t anything new, the character’s full-cover costume has always allowed fans to fantasize about what color his skin could be underneath, A concept that made it into James Cameron’s unproduced 1991 ‘Spider-Man’ screenplay. “In some neighborhoods,” he wrote, “Spider-Man is a local legend… And everybody wants to claim him. Black kids think he’s Black. Hispanic kids think he’s Hispanic. Italian kids…” Well, you get the idea. One year later, in 1992, Marvel rolled out their ‘2099’ imprint, stories set in the distant future starring high-tech takes on our favorite characters, including the biracial Miguel O’Hara, a Spider-Man of Irish and Mexican descent. Miguel is a valued member of the Spider-Verse to this day, but he never quite broke into the mainstream the way Miles has. Let’s fast forward to 2008, a couple of months before the historic election of President Barack Obama. Marvel’s Ultimate universe, originally created as a more contemporary and accessible alternative to their main canon, had gotten convoluted and stale, No, that’s not true, don’t even ask! What’s new with you? so they decided to shake things up with a catastrophic crossover event called ‘Ultimatum.’ At a planning meeting, the editors and writers were inspired by Obama’s candidacy. They were thrilled that America was about to elect its first African-American president, and thought it would be a good time to revisit one of their
iconic characters and present a fresh new face under the mask. Thanks, Obama! It didn’t work out then, but a few years later, another icon inspired them to take the plunge and make Miles a reality: Donald Glover. In 2010, as Sony was searching for an actor to fill Tobey
Maguire’s shoes in their ill-fated ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ reboot, a fan suggested Donald Glover for the role. The actor wholeheartedly embraced the suggestion, wearing some unsubtle Spider-Man pajamas on an episode of ‘Community,’ and spawning the #donald4spiderman hashtag that was supported by everyone from Stan Lee, to Miles’ eventual co-creator Brian Michael Bendis. Yes, I bring the heat, girl. Fire for fireman, baby I’m your hero, Donald for Spider-Man! Bendis, as the adopted father of two Black children, was already dreaming up a character to replace Ultimate Peter after his untimely death, one who would speak to his kids’ experience in a way the traditional Spidey never could. Seeing Glover in the red and blue gave Bendis and artist
Sara Pichelli that last bit of inspiration they needed, and in 2011, the two introduced
the world to Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man Besides the color of his skin, Miles differed from his predecessor in a few key ways. For one, he was younger, only 13 when he was bitten by a genetically modified spider, which gave him a few extra powers that Peter Parker lacked, namely, a bio-electric Venom Strike, When I say ‘hey,’ you say ‘arrgh!’ and some sneaky stealth camouflage. You just poked me in my eye! This is incredible! Some kind of hide or flight thing! Also unlike Peter, Miles isn’t an orphan, at least not at first, His father, Jefferson Davis, and his mother, Rio Morales, are both alive and well at the start of Miles’ journey, as is his uncle Aaron, the superthief known as the Prowler who forces Miles to consider whether crime runs in his family. Also, unlike the neurotic Peter Parker, Miles has friends. Like Ganke Lee, the guy in the chair who clearly inspired Peter’s pal Ned Leeds in ‘Homecoming.’ What are you doing here? There’s a dance. Uhhh… I’m… Looking.. At porn… Finally, Miles isn’t defined by personal tragedy, there’s no Uncle Ben incident that taught him about Power and Responsibility. Beeder! Instead, it’s the death of Ultimate Peter, a dude he never met, that gives Miles the motivation to become a hero. But more than all these differences, Miles’ status as an Afro-Latino teen is what really sets him apart from Spider-Men past. Papa! See you Friday! Okay mami, hasta luego! He doesn’t live in a fairytale version of Forest Hills, Queens, he’s been shaped by a realistic Brooklyn upbringing, and like so many children of color, Miles has experienced hate and discrimination as a result of his skin, both on the page and in the more reactive circles of angry comics fans. But his existence is a breath of fresh air for the entire industry, and a beacon of hope for kids who are hungry to see themselves represented in the superhero canon. Now, despite all the mainstream attention and awesome stories, including a couple of cool crossovers with Earth-616, Miles was always held back by his home Universe. By 2015, Ultimate Comics were a lost cause. Sales were in the toilet, and Miles was pretty much single-handedly keeping the imprint alive. But even his heroic efforts weren’t enough to save Earth-1610. The entire Ultimate line was cancelled, and the alternate dimension was destroyed in the calamity of Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars’ crossover. Lucky for Miles, he befriended the omnipotent Molecule Man, who transported him, his family, and friends to the reconstructed main reality of Earth-616, where he currently operates as Spider-Man alongside Peter Parker. Surviving the death of your entire universe should be
enough to cement any superhero in the pop culture pantheon, but for a new character to really go mainstream, they need to make it Off the Page For such a young character, Miles hasn’t wasted any time making his mark outside of comics. He outfit appeared as alternate costumes in various video games, but his first true on-screen appearance was in, appropriately enough, the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ cartoon. After a tiny cameo in a first-season episode, an alternate-dimension version of Miles joined Spidey’s Web Warriors in season 3, where he was codenamed Kid Arachnid, and voiced by none other than Donald Glover. Don’t worry. I’ll try to be the best Peter Parker Spider-Man I can be. You don’t have to be Peter Parker to be Spider-Man. Miles Morales is just fine. Yes, the actor who helped inspire the character finally got to take a swing as Spidey, and while Marvel decided to go with Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man Homecoming,’ Glover appeared as uncle Aaron Davis to keep hope for Miles in the MCU alive. There’s even a deleted post-credits scene where he specifically mentions his nephew, Yeah, sorry Miles, I’m not gonna make it. I’m just stuck. but alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The same year, Miles appeared in the Disney XD ‘Spider-Man’ series, but unlike most media that portrays Peter as a much older, wiser webslinger, here, Miles is Peter’s classmate, who gains his own set of superpowers and keeps the streets safe as Spider-Kid. Donald Glover didn’t reprise the role for the new series, in fact, he was replaced in ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ after one season by veteran voice actor Ogie Banks, That’s right! It’s your friendly neighborhood, uh… Me! and in the 2017 series, Miles is voiced by Nadji Jeter, the same actor who plays him in the 2018 videogame. The PS4 ‘Spider-Man’ was Miles’ highest profile outing yet, showing how he and Peter met, and letting players step into Miles’ shoes at several points throughout the story. By the end, gamers were ready for Miles to star in the sequel, Pretty weird, right?! Not that weird! and after ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ drops, they’re probably going to demand it. The gorgeously animated new film is shining a light on the lesser-known Spider-People, but at the end of the day, it’s still Miles’ story, and through ‘Dope’ and ‘The Get Down’ actor Shameik Moore, the Ultimate Spider-Man has come to life in a vibrant
vision that’s unlike any Spidey-film before it, and could be bigger than all of them combined. Miles Morales means a lot of things to a lot of different people. He’s a legacy superhero done right, one who lives up to the ideals set by his predecessor but maintains his own identity. Miles! Yeah… uh, y-yeah! He’s also a forerunner of the new wave of increased representation in comics, letting fans from all walks of life finally feel
seen and heard in the pages of their favorite books. But first and foremost, Miles is an amazing character, a spectacular Spider-Man, and a hero we’ll all be looking up to for decades to come.

100 thoughts on “Miles Morales: The True Story of the Spider-Verse Star | NowThis Nerd

  1. I don't feel miles Morales is a "black/Latino or whatever" hero. He's just awesome. Dear marvel, stop with the social justice nonsense and just give us good characters and stories

  2. I know when people say Black Spider-Man they don’t mean it in a racist way but it always makes me shiver

  3. I knew Miles would be a success since they first announced there was gonna be a new Spiderman. He's such a sweet kid and also a cool but relatable character. He's vibrant, silly, funny, smart but also quite awkward. Truly one of the things I love most about him is that he's just so real and relatable, in both the comics and in the movie. The movie no surprise was definitely gonna big a huge success but NEVER did I think it'd be that big. I'm so happy and love Miles. Peter will always be my #1 fav Spiderman but Miles is definitely a very close runner up.

  4. “Comics most important characters” media outlets said the same thing when black panther came out…

  5. Some of you people pay attention to racist stuff that isnt even racist. I like the Vedio but just stop looking at freaking bad and "racist" stuff

  6. This spider Man is definitely Puerto Rican, u see the Flag on his toy chest , and he talks Spanish and his mom too talks Spanish

  7. Of colour? In latin america people with dark skin are not seen or treated differently (at least in my country) So Miles seems pretty normal to me… I didn't even noticed his skin color 😂

  8. Woah woah, he didn’t have an uncle Ben but he still looked up to his uncle wether he was a villain or not. His love for him was one of the big factors he decided to grow up and do something

  9. I wish they'd go on making spider man using Miles Morales, it's time for a new generation of spider man which shows the media and the kids especially that even black people can be spiderman peter parker is good don't get me wrong but its been him for a very long time . We need a hero to represent the black people. I hope he's Cannon , cause if he is he'll be in more than just one spider man film

  10. I downloaded spider verse on my iPad pro before it was on DVD. Let me tell you, that's the best Spider-Man movie I ever seen. Great quality too

  11. This movie was fantastic. I would love it if DC did the same thing with one of my favorite characters of all time; Static, from Static Shock. I loved that show and feel like it's time we saw him again.

  12. I must say, I'm actually REALLY glad they didn't cast Glover as Peter Parker. I'd rather see new heros, or even new people taking over the older roles of old heroes, step into the spotlight. Peter Parker is too big a name to play around with too much, and Miles is well loved by many (and Spiderverse made it even more so). I want more diversity, but simply changing characters for the sake of it just feels… idk, like pandering.

  13. It was based on Stan Lee’s black friend that tried out for the amazing spider man so Stan lee made miles based on his friend

  14. How can anyone make the mistake of calling Spider-Ham as "Spider-Pig"?. Spider-Pig is with the Simpsons.. I feel sad for Peter Porker for not getting street-cred.

  15. My nephew has a daddy from Nicaragua and a momma from Spain so he’s a little dark skinned Spanish boy. He also loves superheroes. So when I took him to go see the Spiderverse movie his eyes lit up when he saw Miles and he looked at me and said, “Tia, he kinda looks like me!” It was really cute to see him so excited about a character who looks like him.

  16. I usually don't like Spider man's movies or comics, but damn this kid is cool. He's smart, has a funny attitude, courage and his friendly and loving.

  17. I wish everybody would stop being so raises I mean does it really matter the color I'm white and I don't think that it matters and that's a lot coming from an eight year old I think they gave it a great story in Spider man and the spider verse.😁😡

  18. why do you care about his race so much? he has an interesting personality and isn't that enough? the only people who care about race as much as this video is eugenics professors.

  19. Love this, alot i already knew, a bit i didn't eg surviving his universe and is in the main one now, but having someone who has their own identity is was marvel and dc need to do more! like miles,john stewart, Kaldur'ahm not just turn them black like Mj, Shocker, jonny storm etc or confusing like wally west haha, but i swear nick fury was like the only one to actually pull off the switch, and maybe electrode, but all these villains,heroes,extras that are showing up looking completely different, it is just irritating, they have been doing an amazing job with miles, cartoon,comic,game,reference,movie, this is why he is so successful, also if they were to do him in the mcu i really hope they keep then a normaish age gap, unless its some other dimension, cause this weird in the flash show how Flash – barry and Kid Flash – Wally look the same age, and since TomH looks pretty young, they'd have to make miles even younger, well that's just me anyway

  20. The point of miles isn't his skin color he literally just so happens to be black his character is so much deeper than that. This is why I hate when superheros go mainstream because it gets all political. People who actually read comics like miles because he's a strong and interesting character the fact that hes black is irrelevant

  21. I love Into the Spider-Verse. My son loves Spider-Man and with a chocolate Spider-Man he really loves it. He's only 3, but I feel that seeing Miles Morales intensified his love.

  22. bro idk why she's mentioning color so much she's barely explaining Miles Morales story.I don't wanna be like hater ish but like I dont know why color is so important in Miles Morales like UGHHHHHhhhH

  23. Is it strange that this confused me more than Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse did? The story in that show rapped in up plenty this jut confused me more

  24. The one problem I have with modern spiderman is ir seems like they keep letting people how didn't like Peter parker write for the comics

  25. I wish pplz would stop trying to hide BEING BLACK.
    STOP THE SPICE UP
    BLACK IS BLACK NO MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY YOU COME FROM.

  26. Miles also has another superpower beside the stealth and venom blast. He debuted it when he fought hydra after his girlfriend betrayed him to them. The day he debuted it was when his universe died. Why have people forgotten this?

  27. I loved into the Spiderverse! It was so charming and funny and beautifully animated! Best Spider-Man movie ever!

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