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Miles Morales is one of the main protagonists in Marvel's Spider-Manseries. He is a prominent supporting character in Marvel's Spider-Man, and the titular protagonist of the standalone expansion Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A seventeen-year-old[1] teenager, he is a friend of Peter Parker and the son of police officer Jefferson Davis. Peter befriends Miles after his father's death, introducing him to the non-profit F.E.A.S.T. shelter so he can serve as a volunteer. Miles is unaware of Peter's secret identity as the masked vigilante Spider-Man, whom Miles idolizes. He eventually gains spider-like powers himself, which he reveals to Peter, who in turn reveals being Spider-Man. Under Peter's guidance, Miles attempts to step up as New York City's next superhero.[2]

In the original game, a pre-spider bite Miles is featured as a playable character during some investigative stealth gameplay portions in the main story. In the self-titled spin-off, he is the main playable character, adopting both stealth and action gameplay mechanics similar to those of Peter's Spider-Man. In all of his appearances, Miles is portrayed by Nadji Jeter.[3]

History

Early history

Miles was born in Brooklyn, New York City around the year 2003.[1] He is the only son of police officer Jefferson Davis and teacher Rio Morales. Miles developed an inclination for technology at an early age, taking apart his family's TV at the age of five. As a teenager, he and his friends developed a phone app that allowed them to hack into almost any technology, even military-grade equipment.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Miles recording the helicopter crash with his cell phone.

Miles is first seen videotaping the battle between Spider-Man and the Inner Demons during the climax of the mission Straw, Meet Camel. Players then take the role of Miles during the And the Award Goes to... mission, where his father is killed while protecting the gathered crowd from bombers from the Inner Demons. He manages to find his mother, helping pull her from the rubble, and then ultimately finds his father's body. While Miles is found by the Inner Demons, Mister Negative decides to spare his life. Miles understandably has trouble dealing with his father's death, brushing off Peter's attempt to console him at Davis's funeral. Remembering his own experience losing his father figure, Peter has Aunt May reach out to Rio, hoping that working at the F.E.A.S.T. shelter will help Miles process his grief.

Miles is working at the shelter when the prisoners escape from Ryker's Island and The Raft, as he is helping Aunt May with those sick from Devil's Breath. He becomes trapped with her inside the building after the convicts set it ablaze, before Spider-Man arrives to save them both. In a twist of irony, Miles then has to save Spider-Man with the help of Mary Jane Watson.

Later, while on a supply run for more medicine, he comes across Rhino and Scorpion of the Sinister Six. His information leads to their apprehension after he successfully sneaks away.

Miles reveals his powers to Peter.

While helping out at the shelter later on, Miles is bitten by an Oscorp genetically modified spider that escapes from Norman Osborn's secret lab; it ultimately imbues him with superhuman abilities like Spider-Man.

Miles is later seen attending Aunt May's funeral, who died from the Devil's Breath, and comforts Peter the same way he did for him when he lost his dad. A few weeks go by and he reveals his powers to Peter. Peter then reveals his secret identity to Miles.

The City That Never Sleeps

Miles briefly appears in the three-part story expansion, The City That Never Sleeps. He calls Peter asking about getting some training for his powers. While Peter is unwilling to let Miles jeopardize his life by following in his footsteps, Miles admits that he accidentally used his powers to show off in basketball. Promising not to do it again as long as Peter trains him, Miles manages to convince Peter to consider it.

Miles as he appears in The City That Never Sleeps.

During the Maggia gang wars in the "Turf Wars" chapter, it is revealed that Peter has indeed begun giving Miles training lessons in his powers. Bolstered by the newfound knowledge he is learning, Miles contacts Peter about doing hero work. His questions are gently shot down by Peter, who warns him about the responsibility associated with his powers. Not heeding Peter's warning, he tries jumping off of a bridge, breaking his toe in his process. Peter reiterates his previous statement about being responsible and Miles promises to do better. Peter then agrees to meet Miles that weekend for another lesson. In the post-credits scene of "Silver Lining", Peter teaches Miles how to web-swing.

Miles Morales

Around a year after the Devil's Breath Incident, Miles and his mother moved from Brooklyn back to her childhood neighborhood Harlem. Though adjusting to this move proved to be difficult, with Miles frequently stating that he didn't feel very at home there, it put him closer to the spider-action in Manhattan. By this point, Miles had become his own Spider-Man, wearing a suit made from one of Peter's old suits, a hoodie, a parka, and some sneakers. One day, while Miles was out grabbing food, Peter sent him a notification that it was go-time: they were going to oversee the transport of a superpowered Raft prisoner. Miles suited up and met up with Peter and the two went to work. When Miles inquired as to who was being transported, Peter said he had no idea, but the answer soon became clear when the movement of the prisoner caused one of the tethers holding the cell in place began to fray. Against Peter's warnings, Miles jumped onto the transport cell and webbed up the cable, assuring Peter that everything was fine. But Miles' additional weight on the side of the transport cell had caused it to be thrown off balance and the cable snapped, tearing Miles' web with it and almost launching Miles head-first into the blades of the transport vehicle before he was rescued by Peter. Both Spider-Men regrouped and were powerless but to watch as the vehicle crashed on the street below, releasing several Ryker's prisoners and the superpowered Raft prisoner, none other than Rhino himself.

Peter and Miles immediately jumped into action, with Peter chasing down Rhino while Miles handled the escaped criminals. Peter soon called for Miles' backup, however, as Rhino began to crash through commercial buildings, including a mall, during which time Miles took a turn trying to corral Rhino to a stop and even had to save a stroller-bound infant from the behemoth's rampage. The Spider-Men chased Rhino through a mall before eventually meeting back up, but failed to stop him before he could race headlong into a pressurized tank of flammable gas. This caused an explosion which decimated a building complex now owned by the energy company Roxxon and which launched Miles into a smokestack. Injured, but far from down for the count, Miles tried to get ahold of Peter, though this attempt was unsuccessful. Instead, Miles went to attack several Ryker's escapees who had shown up on the scene. During these confrontations, Peter contacted Miles, revealing that he was okay but in need of help, as Rhino was becoming too much to take on alone. Miles went to help Peter, but found his mentor beaten almost to death. Peter weakly warned Miles to run while he could, but Miles refused to back down, instead running up to Rhino and blasting him with a bolt of bioelectricity. This shocked both Miles and Rhino, though not in the same sense; Miles was awestruck by this new power, while Rhino writhed on the ground and tried to regain his senses. When he did, he and Miles engaged in a brutal fight, with Rhino throwing Miles through a brick wall. After some time, however, Miles emerged victorious and went to assist his mentor. As they recovered, Roxxon executive Simon Krieger showed up and thanked the heroes for their work, stating that he and the police would take care of Rhino. Miles was skeptical, but Peter told him they should get out of there and let the police do their work.

The two sat on a rooftop later and shared a pizza, where Peter gave Miles a gift, which he later found out was a new spider-suit of his own, and told him to take the oath of being a Spider-Man: to do everything in his power to protect the city. Excited, Miles appealed to Peter that they should test out his new bioelectricity powers later on, but Peter replied that he would be out of town for a few weeks, traveling to Symkaria with MJ as her personal photographer as she wrote an article on the civil war still raging there. He assured Miles that he was ready, and then left after referring to Miles as "New York's only Spider-Man," at least for a little while. Nervous but excited all the same, Miles left and called his friend Ganke to show him the new suit. Having put it on, Miles discovered that Peter had left a message which guided Miles to a holographic training exercise, one of several that Peter had set up around the city to train his protégé. After completing one of these exercises, Miles received a call from Ganke telling him to check out Roxxon Plaza, the site of the new Nuform reactor in Harlem, because Ganke thought he had seen someone breaking in. Upon inspecting the plaza, Miles discovered a group of high-tech criminals referring to themselves as the Underground trying to steal information on Nuform. Miles battled it out with this group before returning home and helping his mom and Ganke set up dinner. Rio surprised Miles with a guest at dinner, Miles old friend Phin, to whom he hadn't spoken in some time. The dinner went well, and Miles and Phin talked for some time after.

The next day, Miles awoke to Ganke, who was staying over, telling him that he had stayed up all night designing an app for Miles' suit, which he referred to as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-App, and which allowed people across the city to submit requests for help from Spider-Man. One request was quickly placed, which brought Miles face-to-face with his estranged uncle, Aaron Davis. Miles awkwardly interacted with his uncle, who he presumed didn't know his identity, and helped to fix the subways, which were being tampered with by the Underground as they were a secret method for Nuform transport. After this, Davis gave Spider-Man a one-year subway pass with Miles' name on it. Alarmed, Miles tried to flee, but Davis revealed he knew his nephew was the new Spider-Man and encouraged him to reach out if he ever needed any help. Rattled, Miles agreed and left, meeting up again with Phin, where they discussed their science project from middle school, an energy converter which had earned them a place in an Oscorp exhibition. During this discussion, Phin's older brother Rick was brought up, which made her cagey, and she said she had to go. Perplexed, Miles left as well and returned home to watch his mother's campaign rally, where she was running for city council. During her speech, however, a member of the Underground calling herself the Tinkerer hacked the screen overhead and indicted Simon Krieger as a killer before several Underground members appeared and attacked the armed Roxxon guards present at the campaign speech. Miles fought them off but then saw an explosion near Braithwaite Bridge and went to address the situation. When he attempted to break up the brewing fight between Roxxon and the Underground, the Tinkerer kicked him out of the way and went to steal the Nuform shipment that the Roxxon group was guarding. Miles fought off the Underground, during which time he saw that his friend Phin was, in fact, the Tinkerer, but his newly coined bioelectric "venom blast" made the Nuform unstable. This caused it to explode, destroying the bridge and endangering several civilians, who Miles raced to save. Successful, he returned to the top of the bridge, where he was greeted by Roxxon guards preparing to execute him like a firing squad. Many of the civilians in the area who Miles saved attempted to speak up for the young hero, with one woman pulling out her phone to film the scene. Out of irritation, one of the Roxxon agents swatted the phone away and pushed down a man coming to her defense as the other agents began to pull the trigger on Spider-Man. Terrified, Miles accidentally uncovered another new power: biological camouflage, or invisibility. Using this newfound power, Miles fled the scene, both scared and angered over the Roxxon's true nature, and returned home.

Disheartened by Phin's true identity but still determined to do what was right, Miles and Ganke spent the next several hours tweaking designs for a new spider-suit, since the one Miles was gifted by Peter had been torn in battle. Miles took to the streets after this, and soon received a call from Peter asking if everything was alright, since he had heard about the explosion. He also offered to come home immediately if necessary, but Miles assured him that everything was fine and that he could handle it. Miles visited the Mason repair shop that Phin's family had owned to see if he could find any clues. He uncovered a hidden room with evidence that Rick had died of a disease caused by Nuform, and that Roxxon and Simon Krieger had been responsible for covering it up; this was why Phin became the Tinkerer. Miles also determined that Phin's phone had a video on it which would provide more evidence, but that she had lost it somewhere in a Roxxon facility. Miles dispatched a group of Underground members sent to attack him and then immediately went to a Roxxon test lab to find the phone, where he came across another vigilante, the Prowler, who revealed himself to be Miles' own uncle Aaron. Davis appealed to Miles to leave the lab while he still could, but Miles stubbornly refused until he had found the phone. Davis remarked that Miles was like his father in that way, and guided him to the reactor room where Phin had lost the phone.

Upon acquiring the phone, Miles gave it a quick charge with his venom blast and watched the video Phin had recorded, which showed that Rick and Phin had snuck into the lab to disable the Nuform synthesizer in order to prevent others from getting sick like Rick. Unfortunately, Krieger had predicted this would happen and locked Rick in a small space with the synthesizer as it went critical, leaving Phin powerless as she watched Krieger set off the synthesizer and kill Rick. Disturbed and angered, Miles decided to finish what Rick had started, and absorbed the energy of the synthesizer into himself, which he then released in a giant venom blast later on, admitting to Davis that it felt like he was dying while he was holding all that energy in. He and Davis were confronted by Roxxon foot soldiers and they teamed up to fight them off before fleeing through the subways, where Davis warned Miles that the life he had chosen was dangerous, and that he should never take off his mask to anyone. In spite of this, he gave Miles the idea to lie to Phin about wanting to join the Underground as a way of finding their hideout and gathering more intel.

Miles left and called Phin, asking her to meet up, whereupon he lied to her that he had been trying to get in touch with her and had visited, as Miles, the Mason workshop and seen how Rick had died and that she was the Tinkerer. He then asked to join her "secret club," which she agreed to, leading him up a crane to prove his bravery to the Underground, after which he had to jump to the top of Fisk Tower to complete the test. Succeeding in doing so while hiding his powers, Miles was welcomed into the Underground's lair, which was now set up within Fisk Tower. Miles soon lied to Phin that he had to go because his mother was expecting him at home, after which he changed into Spider-Man and snuck around the lair, eventually finding a secret room housing a map of all the Underground's hideouts. Miles was very nearly discovered, but turned invisible just in time to hide from Phin and her group before leaving and going to one of these hideouts. Here, he discovered that Phin had stolen a canister of Nuform and was trying to overload it with energy as Miles' venom blast had. Deducing that Phin planned to make a bomb for some reason, Miles attempted to steal the Nuform before it could be overloaded, only to be discovered by the Tinkerer and her group. Phin grabbed the Nuform and made off with it while Miles, as Spider-Man, chased her down. When he eventually caught up to her, she beat him and was about to kill him when he revealed his true identity to her, shocking her and causing her to flee.

Stressed and weak, Miles met up with his uncle again, who advised him to get back in touch with his music-mixing hobby as a way of relieving stress, and told Miles about a mix Davis and Miles' father had been trying to make back in the day using sounds from around the city. Miles asked why Davis and his dad had grown apart, and Davis assured him that he would hear the whole story eventually. Miles told Davis he was going to try and meet up with Phin again at Trinity Church, and left. The next day, Miles swung to Trinity Church to talk with Phin, who lambasted him for lying to her and said that she planned to use the unstable Nuform to blow up the reactor as revenge for Rick's death and to prevent anyone else form getting sick like he had. She assured Miles there would be no casualties but he insisted there was no way she could know that for sure, and told her that as long as she continued to try to do this, he would have to continue to stop her. The two chatted for some time about childhood memories before Miles' spider-sense went off and the church was attacked by a Roxxon-upgraded Rhino. Miles attempted to stop Rhino, but found that the Roxxon armor he was wearing blocked Miles' venom blasts, and both he and Phin were knocked out and kidnapped.

When Miles came to, he realized he and Phin were being kept in a Roxxon lab and being interrogated by Simon Krieger. Angry, Miles remained silent to everything Krieger said until he tried to pull Miles' mask off, at which point Krieger was suddenly shocked by Miles' venom blast, though this only made Krieger more interested in Miles, with Krieger threatening that he would eventually get Miles' mask off and find out what gave him his powers, especially his venom blast, which he thought he could market as bio-engineered power. Krieger then left and instructed his Roxxon soldiers to find out where Phin was keeping the Nuform she stole. The soldiers immediately moved on Miles, however, beating him repeatedly and hatefully, though with every blow he got more energy to use toward his venom blast, which he unleashed on the soldiers, making him weak.

Miles and Phin worked to escape the facility, but Miles witnessed the Prowler talking to Krieger and Rhino, seemingly agitated by the fact that Spider-Man was captured, as it was "not part of the deal." Krieger simply shrugged this off and told the mercenary that Spider-Man was leverage, apparently over both Phin and Prowler. Prowler threatened to go public with Krieger's murder of Rick Mason, to which Krieger simply replied that it would bring the Prowler down with him, and walked away. Miles, scared and disappointed in his uncle, revealed to Phin that he knew the Prowler and that he was likely the reason they were captured at Trinity Church. Phin confronted Miles later about his being Spider-Man, asking if he ever planned on telling her, as they were best friends and he was the closest thing she had to a brother after Rick took on a paternal role in her life and then died. Miles hesitated to answer, knowing that he wouldn't have told her the truth. Phin became angry with Miles, who she believed had lied to her once again, and decided that they need to focus on escaping before parting ways for good.

After a brief skirmish with Roxxon soldiers, the two made it into Krieger's personal lab, where Miles found damning evidence of Nuform's toxicity and danger which Krieger had been hiding. Miles told Phin that they could use this against Krieger, but they were suddenly ambushed again by Rhino. Miles again tried to use his venom blast, but this failed due to Rhino's new armor. Miles and Phin fought off Rhino and several other Roxxon soldiers, with Miles breaking down Rhino's armor to finally shock him with his venom. Phin appealed to Miles to kill Rhino, but Miles vehemently disagreed with this plan and told her to watch Rhino while he downloaded the data from Krieger's lab. As he did this, he found out that Krieger changed the specs on the Nuform reactor since Phin had last seen it, making it so that if the reactor exploded as Phin planned, it would take out more than just Roxxon's headquarters: it would take all of Harlem with it. Miles was interrupted by Phin stabbing Rhino, who had been antagonizing her over the death of her brother. Miles tackled Phin through a wall to stop her. Blinded by anger and vengeance, Phin took out her frustration on Miles by repeatedly beating him while calling him out on all the troubles he's caused for her. Miles weakly tried to warn her what the reactor would do if she continued to carry out her revenge, only to be ignored and warned by her that she would not hesitate to kill him if he got in the way of her plans again. As Phin began to walk away, Miles tried one last time to stop her by stating they were family. Phin does not return his words and states her family is dead before leaving.

Miles, profoundly injured, called to Ganke to help him. Ganke managed to find him and bring him back to the apartment, though this exposed Miles, in his Spider-Man suit, to his mother, who confusedly realized that Miles was the new Spider-Man she had been seeing everywhere. Ganke and Rio helped Miles heal and recover his strength while he told them Phin's plan to attack Roxxon Plaza. Rio asked why Miles had never told her he was Spider-Man, and he replied that he didn't want her to worry about him but that he was now worried that he had screwed up his relationship with his mom, but Rio assured Miles that she would never stop loving him, and told him he was a lot like his father. Ganke and Rio then made a plan to evacuate everyone they could from the Harlem area, and at Miles' request, Ganke cross-referenced Underground activity with buildings capable of storing Nuform. Ganke uncovered that Phin was most likely at the same Oscorp exhibition hall where the two of them had shown off their energy converter, which she was using to finish destabilizing the Nuform. Miles readied himself to chase her down, but was tranquilized as he swung through the air.

When he awoke, Miles found himself imprisoned by his uncle Aaron, as the Prowler. Angered, Miles asked why he was being held hostage by his own uncle, who responded that it was for his own protection because Davis couldn't afford to lose Miles as well. Miles rebutted this, saying it was his job to be out there helping people, no matter the cost. Miles then confronted his uncle about the Prowler selling him and Phin out to Krieger, to which Davis responded that it wasn't part of the plan for Miles to get caught but Krieger broke the deal. Miles angrily told Davis that this wasn't the way to protect those you love, and broke out of the cell. Davis tried to fight Miles back into the cell, but Miles beat his uncle. Davis made one final appeal to Miles, stating that they were family and that he didn't want to go down the same path with Miles that he did with his own brother. Miles told him that being family wasn't enough anymore, and that he refused to turn his back when people needed him.

Miles then went to the science center, where he reminisced about his time there when he was younger and submitted the energy converter with Phin for exhibition. He found it crawling with Underground, who he subdued before going inside. Here, he found exactly what he had expected, Phin using the energy converter to finish destabilizing the Nuform she had stolen. Miles once again tried to appeal to Phin's better nature, but she shoved him off, stating that she was done listening to him, before fleeing and sending her Underground group after him. Miles dispatched these enemies and then was confronted by Roxxon soldiers outside, whom he also beat before meeting up again with Ganke, Rio, and a few other residents of Harlem. He told them that they needed to evacuate immediately, but he could only carry a few of them. Suddenly, a burst of energy came from the direction of Roxxon Plaza, indicating that Phin had started to put her plan into motion. A few more Roxxon soldiers arrived and prepared to try and kill Spider-Man once again when the Prowler returned to help by taking down the soldiers, urging Miles to do what he needed to do.

Miles rushed toward Roxxon Plaza, where he tried to stop Phin from succeeding at putting the Nuform into the reactor. Phin, however, knocked him back angrily. When Miles tried to explain to her that Krieger changed the specs on the reactor, meaning that Harlem would be vaporized with Roxxon Plaza, Phin screamed that she wouldn't let Miles continue to lie to her, and punched him up the side of the Roxxon building before beating him on the roof and throwing him off the side. As she prepared to return to the reactor, Miles swung back around, kicking her through the side of the building. As the reactor began to melt down, Miles and Phin battled it out inside the building, with Miles saying that he wasn't leaving, and that Phin could either help him or kill him. Soon, the reactor emitted another burst of energy which destroyed the building, disorienting both Phin and Miles, but they continued to fight, with Miles trying to show Phin that the reactor was still going critical. Phin disappointedly told Miles he was the one person she needed on her side, with Miles responding that he was on her side, but that everyone was in danger.

The two crashed through the building into a room where Simon Krieger came on over the PA, stating that he didn't care that the reactor was going critical and that it would look even better for the company that they were in a "terrorist attack," before stating his intention to expand to the entire city instead of just Harlem. Phin became enraged at this statement, fighting even harder to let the reactor blow as revenge against Krieger but Miles continued to fight her back, telling her that Rick would have hated that she became the Tinkerer. Phin beat Miles down and almost killed him but Miles continued to fight, stating that he was Spider-Man and he wouldn't stop trying to do what was right. After another fight, Miles destroyed Phin's power source for the programmable matter she had been using, and the reactor went critical, which began to tear Harlem apart. Phin saw this and realized something was wrong, but Miles said he could fix it. As he said this, a giant piece of debris came crashing down, breaking the ground Phin was being supported by and causing her to plummet. Miles jumped down after her, but found that his heads-up display in his mask was too damaged to see properly. Miles took off his mask in order to aim for Phin, webbing her and catching her. As they both crashed to the ground, Phin apologized for her actions and not being able to think clearly, which Miles wholeheartedly accepted.

Phin and Miles were knocked unconscious once again as the reactor continued to go critical, but Miles soon woke up and saw the state of affairs. Realizing there was no other way to stop the reactor, Miles decided to try and absorb the energy from the reactor into himself. This caused him intense pain and destroyed most of his suit, and he felt as though he was going to die, but seemed willing to make the sacrifice for the good of those he cared about and the rest of the city, much like his father. Phin woke up as well and, upon seeing Miles trying to save her from the reactor much the same way Rick had before, showing that she still saw Miles to be as close as family. Phin ran to him and tried to stop him, but Miles succeeded at absorbing the reactor's full quantity of energy into himself, and realized he would need to release it somehow and that it would probably kill everyone in the surrounding area. The only problem that he was too weak to barley even move. Knowing that if Miles held this in for too long he would die and if he released it early the energy would kill those around him, Phin used her surviving technology to pick up Miles and launch the two of them into the air, where she urged him to let go of the energy, or he would die. Realizing this would kill Phin, Miles refused, but Phin insisted that he needed to let go. Miles reluctantly did so, releasing the reactor's energy in a colossal explosion of electricity and energy in the sky.

Miles fell unconscious back to the ground, where he was greeted by Ganke, Rio, and several Harlem residents who saw his face. Miles was assured by Rio that everyone was safe, but it became clear that Phin was dead. As Rio and Miles mourned, the Harlem residents passed Miles his mask so he could hide his face again from reporters who had arrived on the scene, asking if anyone had gotten a glimpse of the hero's face. Miles swung away hastily, and when the reporters asked who he was under the mask, the Harlem residents simply said "he's our Spider-Man."

After this, Miles became far more accustomed to his new home in Harlem as Simon Krieger was arrested and the new Spider-Man became a staple of the Harlem area, honored by being added to a mural of Peter's Spider-Man that had been painted earlier. Miles later met up again with Peter who had returned from Symkaria. Peter remarked that he liked Miles' new and unique suit. Miles stated that he had to be himself, but asked his mentor if the job ever got easier, to which Peter responded that some parts do, but some parts will always be difficult. Miles noted that the reason Roxxon decided to develop in Harlem was because they saw the people there as disposable, and told Peter that he was going to dedicate himself to never letting people like that go unchecked, to which Peter replied that they would add it to the oath. The two of them then looked up after hearing sirens and witnessing a car driving erratically down the road followed by several police cars, at which the Spider-Men jumped into action together and got to work.

Characteristics

Appearance

Concept art

Miles is a teenager of African-American and Hispanic descent, with average height and weight, and shares many facial features with his father. He has short black hair with thick eyebrows. He is usually seen sporting either a hoodie and T-shirt combo or a blue parka as seen in the mission Supply Run.

Personality

Miles is a selfless and intelligent young man who repeatedly puts himself at great risk for the people he cares about. He is shown to be as brave as his father, Officer Davis, not thinking twice before helping someone, sometimes even putting himself in danger. This is shown when he saves a civilian from Ryker's escapees, or when he is assaulted and tries to fight back, only to be saved by Peter Parker, the first Spider-Man. Upon becoming his own Spider-Man, Miles consistently tried to live up to the creed Peter had given him, to do everything in his power to protect the city they called home. He was frequently reminded of his father's heroism, and drew much of his bravery from these memories. When he was forced to make a choice between his own life and those of the inhabitants of Harlem, Miles willingly sacrificed himself by absorbing energy from a critical reactor and prepared to release it all in an explosion which he knew might kill himself. This heroism is enough to parallel the original Spider-Man, and easily earned him room in the hearts of the New Yorkers he protected.

Upon gaining his powers, Miles is shown to be both simultaneously confused and excited, constantly asking Peter if he could provide any aid to Spider-Man's vigilantism. Miles also tends to make jokes, asking Spider-Man if he has a phone in his suit.

Abilities

Spider physiology

Miles displaying his superpowers.

After being bitten by an experimental Oscorp spider, Miles begins developing superhuman powers similar, if not identical, to those of Spider-Man, including the ability to stick to surfaces. Peter later teaches Miles how to web-swing, along with designing a new pair of web-shooters for him. Miles also displays other superhuman abilities like camouflage, which makes him effectively invisible, and a bio-electric ability dubbed "venom" by Ganke Lee that can administer a bio-electric shock to Miles' enemies. He is able to manipulate his venom in a variety of ways in combat, using bio-electric charged punches, as well as providing power to generators or absorbing energy from generators to deactivate certain appliances.

Genius-level intellect

Outside of his superhuman strength and agility, Miles displays high intelligence, as well as a natural aptitude for science and technology. His father talks about his son's natural aptitude for tech loosely, setting up the reveal that Miles is actually a bit of a nerd who goes to robotics club at school and knows his way around tech. With his best friend, Phin Mason, Miles was able to develop

an energy converter in middle school, which earned him a science reward that helped him

get him into Brooklyn Visions Academy. At the age of fifteen, he has already developed an app that allows him to hack into nearby devices, including military-grade equipment, and cause distractions, making him a remarkably skilled hacker. After becoming Spider-Man, Miles alongside Ganke Lee were able to create his black and red Spider-Man suit.

Miles is also a very capable mathematician, as he is notably able to rapidly answer a spontaneous and complex physics question from Spider-Man himself and is quick to point out to the latter after investigating his new web-shooters that their nozzle size and shape are the same as Peter's, elaborating that according to Hooke's law, him and Peter aren't equal. To this end, Miles explains that he knows all the required adjustments, stating that tightening the nozzle's diameter by 0.7 millimeters will "even it all out".

Fighting skills

Due to combat training from Peter,Miles's style is slightly similar to Peter's yet at the same time vastly different. Where Peter used frequent spins to add to the momentum of his strikes and specific lucha-libre and other wrestling moves, Miles is more of a brawler with some of Peter's moves added in. Miles uses a combination with some of the moves Peter taught him such as flip kicks and strikes,with his enhanced agility and strength and other powers to decimate his opponents.

Relationships

Peter Parker

Miles first meets Peter Parker at his father's funeral, where a mourning Miles is dismissive of Peter's efforts to console him. The two eventually become good friends, however, after Peter manages to convince him to join F.E.A.S.T. Having both lost their respective father figures, the two bond quite quickly, with Miles coming to treat Peter as an older brother and mentor figure.

Miles has long idolized Peter's alter ego Spider-Man, inspired by his acts of heroism. He meets the superhero in-person for the first time through a chance encounter when Spider-Man saves him from a beatdown at the hands of a group of thugs. Spider-Man then teaches a star-struck Miles some tips on fighting, which later helps him defend himself against some Ryker's Island escapees. After Miles develops spider-like superhuman abilities himself, Peter reveals to him that he is Spider-Man and eventually begins training him, deepening the bond between them.

Original appearance

Miles Morales was introduced in the Ultimate Universe, and was later introduced to the prime Marvel universe. The character's first appearance came in Ultimate Fallout #4 (August 2011).

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