Rio Morales is a supporting character in Marvel's Spider-Man. She is the wife of police officer Jefferson Davis and the mother of Miles Morales. Rio is a school teacher who grew up in Harlem, and has a strong connection to its community. After moving back to Harlem with Miles, she ran for a city council seat.
Rio was born and raised in East Harlem, New York City around the year 1977. Sometime before the birth of her son Miles, she moved to Brooklyn with her then husband Jefferson, where she continued teaching. Rio was Miles' inspiration for his love of science.
During "And the Award Goes to...", Rio was attended the awards ceremony for her husband, Jefferson, when the Inner Demons arrived and set off explosions. Not knowing the fate of her husband, she rushed into the debris, only to become pinned. She was then rescued by her son, Miles, and attended the funeral for her husband thereafter.
Sometime after the funeral, Rio was contacted by May Parker, on the advice of her nephew Peter, to have Miles volunteer at F.E.A.S.T. to help him process his grief. Supportive of the idea, Rio convinced Miles to volunteer, the alternative being more therapy. Rio later aided in the distribution of the Devil's Breath antiserum, and was last seen at May's funeral.
Sometime within the following year and a half, Rio moved back to East Harlem with Miles, settling in her mother's former apartment. During that time, Rio began campaigning for a City Council seat, promising to hold Roxxon accountable. In "La Nochebuena", Rio invited Miles' friends Ganke Lee and his old friend Phin Mason for dinner.
During "Time to Rally", Rio held a campaign rally for her seat, but was interrupted by an attack from the Underground. In the panic, Rio fell and injured her arm, and was brought to the hospital by Ganke.
Much later, after "Curtain Call", Rio discovered her son's secret identity as Spider-Man when Miles arrived wounded following a confrontation with the Tinkerer. Miles revealed to Rio that Tinkerer was actually Phin, out for revenge against Roxxon for what they did to her brother, Rick. Though Rio was worried at first, she assured Miles nothing he could do would stop her loving him, and she told Miles he reminded her of Jefferson. She and Ganke then organized an evacuation of Harlem before Phin's bomb would go off. In "The Battle For Harlem", Rio coordinated the evacuation, and was present to help Miles escape from public view after he drained the Nuform reactor.
Weeks later, thanks to Aaron Davis's testimony against Roxxon that brought the authority to arrest Simon Krieger for his crimes, Rio was elected to the council. She was later interviewed by J. Jonah Jameson, who praised her run at first, until she tried unsuccessfully to convince him that Spider-Man is not an enemy, leading him to abruptly end the interview.
Rio is a middle-aged woman of Puerto Rican origin. She is a kind and caring woman with a love of science which she passed onto Miles. Even after her husband's death, she still took the time to make others feel better, such as trying to help Miles through the loss of his father despite grieving. Rio also shows bravery herself, demonstrated by how she is willing to run back into the wreckage to find her husband during the Demon attack at City Hall, and how she stood firm against Roxxon despite their power and influence in Harlem.
Rio Morales first appeared in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man vol. 2 #1 (November 2011).
- Miles Morales, character bio