Aaron Davis, also known as the Prowler, is a supporting character in Miles Morales. He is the uncle of Miles Morales and younger brother of Jefferson Davis. As the Prowler, he makes use of advanced technology in his suit, as well as his own athletic skills.
Miles looked up to Aaron when he was younger, viewing him as the cool uncle. Aaron was also fairly close with Jefferson Davis before his death, as the two used to mix music together. However, Aaron's run-ins with the law as the Prowler drove him apart from the family, as Jefferson and Rio Morales urged Miles to keep away from him. Later, Aaron became involved in Miles' battles with Roxxon.
The younger brother of Jefferson Davis by about five years, Aaron Davis grew up in Manhattan before moving to Brooklyn in high school. He and his brother were close, mixing music together using samples they found from throughout New York City. However, while Jeff entered the police force, Aaron turned to a life of crime. Aaron took his first criminal job soon after graduating high school, mugging his client's boss. Jeff found out and angrily reprimanded Aaron, but never told their parents. Aaron promised Jeff not to steal again, a promise he failed to keep.
As time went on, Aaron began performing theft under the alias of "the Prowler", upgrading his equipment with advanced technology he either stole from other sources or developed himself. Jeff knew that Aaron was continuing to steal (albeit not as the Prowler), but never confronted him on the topic. Aaron eventually became the uncle of Jeff's son Miles, with whom he spent time with him frequently. Growing up, Miles considered him the "cool uncle" growing up, and played basketball with him.
Sadly, Aaron's life of crime would ultimately destroy his relationship with his brother. As Jeff began investigating the Prowler, Aaron worried his brother would make enemies of his powerful clients (including Roxxon). Hoping to protect his family, Aaron revealed his identity to Jeff and urged him to stop investigating. This proved the final straw: fearing Aaron's influence would send Miles down the wrong path, Jeff severed ties with his brother, cutting off Aaron from the rest of his family.
While not physically appearing in the game, Aaron was first mentioned by name during news reports, after his brother was killed during the terrorist attack set by Martin Li and his Inner Demons in "And the Award Goes to...". Interestingly, it is mentioned in Miles Morales that Miles saw Aaron at Jefferson's funeral.
Jeff's death was a turning point in Aaron's life: he took a job as a subway worker, likely in hopes that turning away from a life of crime would allow him to reconnect with his remaining family.
Using the FNSM App, in "Harlem Trains Out of Service", he called the new Spider-Man for help getting the subways running again. Miles, as Spider-Man, arrived to help, awkwardly trying to hide his identity in his interactions with his uncle. After Miles finished the job, Aaron gave Miles a free year-long subway pass and revealed he knew his secret identity as Spider-Man, urging him to come to him if he was ever in trouble. In "Time to Rally", Aaron later arrived at Rio Morales' campaign rally, but left before she could see him. He called Miles up after the subsequent Underground attack, warning him that Roxxon would blame anyone, including him, for what followed.
During Miles' infiltration of a Roxxon lab in "Corporate Espionage", Aaron, as the Prowler, ran into Miles. Aaron insisted that Roxxon was dangerous and urged Miles to leave while he still could, but Miles refused, determined to find the missing evidence against Roxxon he was looking for. Aaron reluctantly helped Miles, first guiding him to the center of the lab, and then helping him escape via the subway.[a] After the mission, Aaron advised Miles never to take off his mask so as not to endanger anyone he loved. Miles told Aaron that his friend, Phin Mason, was leading the Underground, and asked for advice. Aaron suggested Miles lie to Phin to investigate the Underground for more information. Miles was uncomfortable with the idea at first and instead wished to reveal his identity to Phin and talk it through with her, though Aaron responded that him revealing his identity as the Prowler had driven a wedge between him and Jefferson, suggesting Miles cannot be sure who to trust.
In "Breaking Through the Noise", Miles contacted Aaron after his run-in with Phin, in which Phin learned that Miles was Spider-Man following a confrontation. Aaron urged Miles to get back in touch with his music mixing hobby to block it out, showing him how to capture sounds of the city. Before leaving, Miles told Aaron that he planned to meet Phin at Trinity Church to talk it out. Aaron then reported this to Simon Krieger of Roxxon, with Krieger agreeing to leave Spider-Man alone.
Much to Aaron's anger, Krieger failed to uphold his end of the deal and captured Spider-Man along with the Tinkerer. He confronted Krieger about the breach of contract and demanded Spider-Man be freed, first offering further services and then threatening to leak Krieger's actions to the public. Krieger brushed off the threat, knowing Aaron had no desire to serve time for his crimes as Prowler (let alone the ones he committed for Roxxon). Unbeknownst to either man, Miles overheard part of the exchange and learned of his uncle's betrayal.
In "Thicker Than Blood", Aaron tranquilized and imprisoned Miles while Miles was on his way to stop Phin. Imprisoning him in an abandoned subway terminal, Aaron explained to Miles when he came to that he was better off letting the Underground and Roxxon kill each other off, and staying out of trouble. Miles was angry and furious, saying that he would never sit idly by while others were in danger just to save his own skin. After breaking out, the two fought one another, Aaron trying not to let Miles leave so as to help save Miles' life, while Miles was determined to do the right thing. After beating Aaron, Aaron made a final appeal to Miles, explaining that he had tried unsuccessfully to keep Krieger away from him, and saying he did not want his relationship with Miles to end up the way it had done with Jefferson. Miles refused to consider them family one another, and was unsure if he could forgive Aaron thereafter.
Later, in "The Battle For Harlem", Aaron showed up as the Prowler just when Roxxon were attacking Harlem, helping people evacuate and urging Miles to do what he had to do. After Miles successfully stopped the Nuform reactor, Aaron turned himself in to expose Roxxon's crimes, having been inspired by Miles to do the right thing. In exchange for his whistleblowing (which resulted in Krieger's arrest), Aaron was able to make a plea deal and reduce his sentence to two years.
While in prison, Aaron phoned Miles to thank him for making him a better person.
Aaron Davis is a flawed but ultimately well-intentioned man, who struggles between a life of crime and loyalty to his family. He was close with his brother Jefferson as the two creatively mixed music together from sound samples of New York in their free time, and Miles considered him the "cool uncle" growing up, who played basketball with him. Even after Jefferson and Rio told Miles not to hang out with him, Miles still turned to him for advice numerous times during the events of Miles Morales, and Aaron protected him as the Prowler on a few occasions. Aaron is also flawed deep down, having had several run-ins with the law and a life of crime. Though he tried unsuccessfully to leave this life behind by becoming a subway worker, he ultimately resumed work as the Prowler again.
Aaron has selfish motivations of preserving himself and those he cares about, and is very deceptive by nature. Believing Roxxon is too dangerous to oppose, Aaron works with them instead, and strongly urges Miles not to oppose them. When Aaron tells Krieger he has the power to bring Roxxon down if he leaked everything, Krieger's threat in response is enough to convince Aaron to back down. Aaron later admits to Miles that he does not support Roxxon and simply intended to let them and the Underground kill one another. Aaron is also somewhat of a bad influence on Miles. He kept his identity as the Prowler from his brother Jefferson for a long time, and urged Miles to lie to Phin in the same way in order to infiltrate the Underground, a decision which drove a wedge between Phin and Miles.[b]
Aaron has had trouble with relationships with others, as both Miles and Jefferson had cut Aaron out of their lives for a similar reason, believing he was a toxic influence. Ultimately, the guilt Aaron harbored as a result, and Aaron being inspired by Miles' bravery, led Aaron to redeem himself by helping Miles in the final battle and later by following through with taking Roxxon down and turning himself in. Even before this, beneath his flaws, Aaron was attempting to do right by his family, helping Miles survive during his infiltration of Roxxon's lab,[a] and trying to stop Krieger from harming Miles. Though Miles was unsure if he could forgive Aaron following the betrayal, he and Rio ultimately was very proud of him after taking Roxxon down, something which Jeff would be proud of.
As the Prowler, Aaron Davis has strong athletic abilities, reflexes, and strength. This, coupled with the advanced technology used in his Prowler suit, allows him to easily dispatch Roxxon's soldiers that themselves use powerful gear, and even allows him to fight on a level playing field with Spider-Man. Aaron’s athleticism is enhanced by his equipment, giving him enhanced strength and durability to a level of fighting his superhumanly strong nephew and he is capable of making small dashes of superhuman speed in battle, and his suit includes a cloaking device, grappling hook, hologram technology, a shield, and claws.
Aaron Davis' main strength is his electrical engineering skills. This allowed him to build his advanced Prowler suit, with technology he both created and stole, but also served him well as a subway worker. Aaron's athletic ability is also natural, as Miles said he "never misses a three-point shot".
In the comics, Aaron Davis first appeared in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man vol. 2 #1 (November 2011).
- It is unclear when Aaron first began working for Roxxon Corporation. During "Tinker Tailor Spider Spy", it is implied Aaron worked with Roxxon for a while as Aaron knew a great deal of the atrocities Roxxon had committed that could lead to their downfall. However, during "Corporate Espionage", Aaron fought several Roxxon soldiers, who did not recognize him at the time, and he did not appear to be reprimanded for it later, suggesting he may have made a deal with Roxxon after this. If Aaron was working with Roxxon even when he helped Miles escape the lab, this implies Aaron risked his job and safety for Miles' sake; otherwise, it implies his deal with Roxxon was a flawed attempt at ensuring Miles' safety.
- Miles going along with Aaron's idea to lie to Phin caused Phin to doubt everything Miles had to say thereafter, including his warning about the Nuform reactor's damage, as she felt deceived by him. This may have contributed to Phin's refusal to back down from her plan until the last minute, and thus, may have contributed to her demise.