‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ has been released in theaters worldwide and has been an absolute success. Great animation, storyline, characters, and foundation for the movie’s sequel next year, ‘Across the Spider-Verse,’ opened numerous possibilities and introduced us to many different versions of Spider-Men. There have been around 280 versions of Spider-Men in the movie, from which only around forty webbed superheroes had speaking lines. The multitude of Spider-Men in the movie propelled the speculations of how Miles Morales can fare against other Spider-Men, which will be the article’s main topic – is Miles Morales the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse? Let’s find out.
Despite being more settled as the webbed superhero, Miles Morales isn’t the strongest version of the Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse. We saw him successfully avoiding the horde of Spider-Men and fighting off seemingly powerful Spider-Man 2099; however, that doesn’t mean he is the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse. Miles has a strong will and unwavering motivation that differentiates him from others, hence why he is so strong in the movie. In the comics, he is one of the more unique and strongest Spider-Men in the Spider-Verse, but the likes of Spider-Man 2099, Silk, Madame Web, Cosmic Spider-Man, and Superior Spider-Man, Miles would most definitely struggle against.
‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ was a phenomenal movie that introduced us to many possibilities for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Spider-Man movies. Miles Morales is slowly but surely getting the love he deserves from a wider audience, and his uniqueness also attracts more fans. Despite his unique and powerful abilities, Miles Morales can be defeated by other versions of Spider-Man, which will be discussed further in this article.
Miles Morales’s powers explained
Since his first appearance in Marvel Comics, Miles Morales has always been a unique version of Spider-Man. Besides being the first biracial and Hispanic version of Spider-Man in the comics, Miles wasn’t from the original universe – his origins are actually from Earth-1610, the Ultimate Marvel series.
Miles Morales took over the mantle from his universe’s Spider-Man, who died at the hands of Norman Osborn, also known as Green Goblin. With Peter Parker’s death and encouragement from Aunt May and Gwen Stacy, Miles Morales takes over the mantle of the new Spider-Man and the protector of New York.
Miles was bitten by a special spider created by Dr. Conrad Marcus, who eventually became Venom in Miles’ universe. Nevertheless, the Oz formula-enhanced spider has bitten Miles, who gained special powers.
Of course, as Spider-Man, Miles gained superhuman powers like his older colleague Peter Parker, like superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, and more, or better yet, as every Spider-Man, Miles inherited and replicated powers from the spider he was bitten by.
However, the Oz formula is more special than the radioactive one we saw bite Peter Parker on Earth-616, which separates Miles Morales from other versions of Spider-Man.
One big difference is Miles’ electricity generation, with which young Spider-Man can generate and manipulate some kind of form of bio-electricity his body produces. Throughout the years, Miles could perform various abilities, like Mega Venom Blast, Venom Punch, and Venom Beam, and create bio-electrical constructs – the latter is about Miles creating a bio-electrical sword.
This particular ability could easily defeat other versions of Spider-Man, but that’s not all. Miles can use Camouflage to become invisible to the naked eye and Spidey Sense. In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, we see Miles using his Camouflage and not being noticed by Spider-Woman and other Web-Slingers.
Of course, Miles can use the usual powers as Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, like web shooters, but his energy generation powers give the young Spider-Man the ability to create his own bio-electric web.
The bio-electric web is a great addition to the vast arsenal of Miles Morales, but does that mean he is the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse? I don’t think so.
Is Miles Morales the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse?
First of all, we don’t know canonically if Miles is truly the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse since there weren’t any epic fights between the Spider-Men. However, if we compare the powers, feats, and abilities of each Spider-Man, we can determine if Miles is maybe more powerful than the others.
For example, Spider-Man 2099, the major character in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,’ showcased his uniqueness and strength. Miguel O’Hara is the Spider-Man from the future who gained his powers through an experiment gone wrong – O’Hara spliced his own genes with spider genes and gained several powers.
Of course, O’Hara discovered several body deformities and powers, including telescopic and night vision, superhuman strength, regeneration, slow aging, organic webbing, telepathy, accelerated decoy, and fangs and talons, unique to only Spider-Man 2099.
His experience and everyday struggles made him a hardened and experienced fighter, which Miles still doesn’t have, especially in the ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ movie.
Spider-Man 2099 would struggle with Miles but will ultimately win in most fights – the movie’s fight sees O’Hara is really distressed by Miles, who feels determined and motivated to save his father, Jefferson.
We didn’t see this character in the movie, but Cindy Moon, known as Silk, is arguably stronger than Miles. Silk is quite a new character in the Marvel comics, and it is really interesting. More casual fans know her as another Peter Parker romantic interest, but Cindy Moon is actually a really strong Spider-Man.
Besides the usual superhuman physiology, Silk has the “Silk sense” that is arguably the strongest of most Spider-Men in the Spider-Verse. Moon can also locate Spider-Man anywhere in the Multiverse (because she and Parker got bit by the same spider) and has claws and organic webbing.
She is an extremely skilled fighter who could defeat Miles Morales at any given moment, and the fact that she recently restored order and protected the Web of Life and Destiny makes her an extremely powerful individual.
Another great examples of a more powerful Spider-Man than Miles Morales are Takuya Yamashiro, the Spider-Man from Earth-51778, who can one-shot most of his enemies with his trusty Leopardon, a giant mechanical fighting robot.
There is also Superior Spider-Man, also known as Otto Octavius, who showcases the true power of Spider-Man without a moral compass and sense of responsibility that Earth-616 Peter Parker loyally follows.
There is also Peter Parker from Earth-122, who is exposed to the gamma-emitting spider that turns him into Spider-Hulk. Yeah, imagine that fight.
Nevertheless, ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ movie showcases Miles Morales’ powers but, most importantly, his determination and love for his close ones. Throughout the whole movie, we see that Spider-Men have one event or ‘canon’ each version of the superhero follows to become the web-slingers of their universe – the death of close ones.
However, Miles Morales doesn’t want to see his father die because that’s his supposed destiny, but he creates his own fate, which will make him a great person and superhero. In that sense, Miles showed other Spider-Men, especially Miguel O’Hara, that there is a choice and that he will do “his own thing” to become the best he can be.
Mentally, Miles is currently the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse, because he doesn’t blindly follow Spider-Man 2099 and wants to create his own destiny. A quite compelling character is Miles Morales, who can be seen in Marvel comics as well. However, that doesn’t mean he is the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse, but he certainly could become one in the future.
What’s your pick for the strongest Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse? Is it Miles Morales or someone else? Let us know in the comments below!