‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is the first animated movie in the Spider-Man franchise, and it introduced Miles Morales‘ Spider-Man to the big screen. When it was released in December 2018, not many people expected the movie would receive such critical acclaim and become such a massive hit. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and it grossed $384.3 million worldwide against a budget of $90 million. Now, after five years, the sequel ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is just around the corner, and in this article, we’ll return to the first movie to tell you how old Miles Morales was.
Miles Morales is roughly 14 in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.’ Making him 15 years old during ‘Across the Spider-Verse.’ The movie takes place in 2018, the same year it was released, so it’s safe to say this incarnation of Miles Morales wasn’t born before 2003. Like Peter Parker, Miles Morales was also a teenager when he was bitten by the radioactive spider, giving him superhero powers and spider-like abilities.
Miles Morales was first introduced in Marvel Comics in 2011, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. The character gained widespread popularity thanks to the success of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and Insomniac’s video game ‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales,’ a spin-off to Insomniac’s original Spider-Man game. ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, ‘the second installment of the animated Spider-Verse trilogy, was recently released and gained critical acclaim for its characters, animation, and story. The third movie in the trilogy, ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse,’ is set to be released in 2024.
Miles Morales’ story in the Spider-Verse franchise
Miles Morales’ origin story in the Spider-Verse franchise is somewhat similar to Peter Parker’s. In the beginning, Miles is a regular teenager who is trying to adjust to prep school while also living up to the expectations of his father, Jefferson Davis, who isn’t a fan of the original Spider-Man. Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider when he visits an abandoned subway station to paint graffiti with his uncle Aaron Davis.
Miles soon discovers Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, who has the plan to access parallel universes in the Multiverse to reunite with his deceased wife and son, whose deaths he blames on Spider-Man. Spider-Man arrives and saves Miles, but he gets wounded after the explosion. Spider-Man gives Miles a UBS drive that can disable Fisk’s machine and warns him that the city could be destroyed if Fisk tries to reactive it. Fisk eventually kills Spider-Man, and Miles escapes.
While the city is mourning the death of Spider-Man, Miles decides to use his newfound powers to take his place as the city’s protector. He eventually meets older Peter Parker from another parallel universe, Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Woman, and Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker, and Spider-Ham, each coming from different parts of the Multiverse. Although he wants to join the Spider-team, the others tell him that he lacks the experience to become a superhero.
Miles will eventually find out in the most shocking way that his uncle Aaron is actually the villain known as the Prowler, who works for Fisk. Aaron also learns that Miles is the new Spider-Man, and unwilling to kill his own nephew, he spares his life. Unfortunately, after that, Aaron is shot and killed by Fisk.
After his uncle’s death, Miles still wants to join the Spider-team to help them get home, but they restrain him in his room, and older Peter Parker decides to stay behind and sacrifice himself to disable Fisk’s machine.
Miles hears his father outside the door while he’s tied up in a web in his room. Jefferson inspires Miles with his words, after which Miles manages to control his powers and escape. Miles returns to Aunt May of the deceased Spider-Man, creating his own suit and joining other Spider variants in a fight against Fisk.
Fisk is eventually defeated, and guests from other parallel universes are sent home. Jefferson sees the new Spider-Man, and even though he’s completely unaware that he’s his son, he stops seeing Spider-Man as a menace after Fisk’s arrest.
While Miles is adapting to his new life, the life of a teenager and the life of a superhero at once, he gets a call from Gwen, who managed to contact him from her own universe.
How old is Miles Morales in ‘Across the Spider-Verse’?
‘Across the Spider-Verse’ takes place roughly a year and a half after the first movie. We see the return of Miles Morales, and it’s been confirmed that he is 15 years old in the movie.
In Earth-65, Gwen Stacy, known as Spider-Woman, lives secretly with her father, Captain George Stacy. She carries guilt over accidentally causing the death of her friend Peter Parker. When she encounters an alternate version of Vulture, she is joined by Miguel O’Hara and Jess Drew, who assist her and reveal the existence of a multiverse. Gwen’s father learns her secret identity and tries to arrest her, but she escapes with Miguel and Jess through a portal.
Meanwhile, on Earth-1610, Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of that universe, faces personal struggles and encounters the Spot, a scientist with portal-infused powers. The Spot blames Miles for his condition and reveals that the spider that bit him originally came from another universe. The Spot has been traveling through different dimensions to gain more power.
What’s Next for Miles Morales?
We don’t know how much time will pass between ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Beyond the Spider-Verse,’ but it shouldn’t be much. We do, however know to expect the return of many Spider-People.
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