Phase Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe centers around the concept of a Multiverse. Of course, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and ‘Loki’ TV series showcased how alternate timelines and universes work and created the possibility of seeing some other fictional universes appearing in future projects. ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is part of that as well, where we see 280 versions of Spider-Men trying to save the Spider-Verse and the Multiverse as a whole, with Miles Morales being at the forefront. The movie confirmed that Sony and Marvel Studios are “cooking” something good in the future (particularly for the ‘Secret Wars’ event), and some hints in the Spider-Verse movie and some previous MCU projects suggest that Miles Morales is closer to MCU than we thought. So, is Miles Morales part of the MCU?
In ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ we saw Peter Parker meeting Aaron Davis, a criminal active in the New York underground, where he deals with alien weaponry. When he meets Spider-Man, he promises to stop the weapon trafficking to protect his nephew, Miles, indicating that Miles Morales exists in MCU. Furthermore, there is a deleted scene in the same movie where Aaron talks with Miles on his phone. In the ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ movie, we see Miles Morales meeting the MCU version of Prowler, Aaron Davis, which confirms that we will see Sony and MCU “colliding” in the future. Sony also recently confirmed that Miles Morales’s live-action movie is in development, which will present us with the official induction of Miles Morales into the MCU.
There have been many hints that Miles Morales is part of the MCU, going all way back to the first Tom Holland Spider-Man movie. Donald Glover’s character Aaron Davis is the “bridge” between MCU and Sony Universe, prompting recent callbacks and crossovers in the Spider-Man projects. Exciting times are upon us, and Miles Morales’s official induction to the MCU will be a cherry on the cake, so let’s discuss this further.
Does Miles Morales exist in the MCU?
First, we know that Miles Morales exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How? Well, because his own uncle, Aaron Davis, appears in the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ movie, where he deals alien hybrid weapons with the underlings of Adrien Toomes, also known as Vulture.
Then young and inexperienced Spider-Man decides to do his superhero work by removing crime from the streets. Of course, in his mission, Spider-Man stumbles upon a meeting where we see Aaron Davis dealing weapons with Jackson Brice and Herman Schultz, aforementioned underlings of Toomes.
The meeting gets “hairy,” which prompts Spider-Man to react and save Aaron Davis. Interestingly enough, Aaron Davis is relieved and thankful for Spider-Man’s deed and promises the young superhero that he will try and clean up the streets from alien weaponry because he doesn’t want innocent children to be affected by them.
Of course, he mentions his nephew, who we know it’s Miles Morales, and despite it initially being an easter egg, we later got confirmation that Miles indeed has a future in the MCU – especially after the success of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ movie.
In most cases, easter eggs and references to comic book characters in the MCU become canon, and Miles Morales became one. Of course, the deleted scene in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ saw Aaron Davis speaking with Miles Morales on the phone.
However, the ‘Spider-Verse’ movies again confirmed that MCU and Sony-Verse are closer than we thought. ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ really showcased the connection between MCU and Sony-Verse, by sending the main villain of the movie, the Spot, to Venomverse, and MCU’s Aaron Davis appearing in the Nueva York as a prisoner.
We know that Donald Glover didn’t appear in the MCU since the ‘Homecoming’ movie, which is why his cameo in ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ was so exciting and instrumental in the future crossover of MCU and Sony-Verse. Of course, since we last saw him, Aaron Davis has become a criminal, Prowler, and unbeknownst to him, interacts with the alternate version of his nephew, Miles Morales.
However, the question still stands – how does Prowler’s cameo in the ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ sets up Miles Morales in the MCU? Let’s find out.
Where does Miles Morales fit in the MCU?
Donald Glover’s Prowler had two cameos in the Spider-Man movies, yet those meant more than we thought. In ‘Homecoming,’ Glover’s cameo as Aaron Davis was due to him being the direct inspiration for the Miles Morales character in the comics, and since he was the voice actor for Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Glover was one of the main reasons why Miles exists in the Marvel Universe.
Of course, with Multiverse Saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Aaron Davis’ cameo in ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ movie showcased how Miles Morales could fit in the MCU. First of all, in ‘Across the Spider-Verse,’ we see Aaron Davis already being a criminal Prowler, while the recent Spider-Man movie, ‘No Way Home,’ saw Peter Parker graduating high school and being ready for M.I.T. Of course, we also see Peter Parker’s desire for everyone to forget about him being a Spider-Man going “slightly” wrong and erasing all universe’s memory of teenager existence.
However, his age could be important for Miles’ induction into MCU since we see Marvel comics doing similar things. In the comics, Miles is approximately 13 years old, while Peter Parker just graduated and went to a colleague, meaning that Peter is 5-6 years older in Earth-1610.
Marvel Cinematic Universe could make Tom Holland’s Spider-Man slightly older when he meets Miles, becomes his mentor, and eventually transfers the mantle of Spider-Man to the younger boy. This would be a perfect closure to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, who won’t play Peter Parker forever, and it will open up new possibilities and a new version of the Web-Slinger.
Currently, Miles Morales in the MCU is probably just a young boy, who still didn’t get bit by the genetically-enhanced spider, but knowing that Sony confirmed the development of Miles Morales live-action movie, there is a possibility we will see Miles sooner than we thought.
Seeing MCU’s Prowler in the ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ opens up so many possibilities and doors to Miles Morales finally arriving at MCU as an animated character, and eventually, a live-action version, this time from Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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