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Headscratchers: Ultimate Spider-Man
Headscratchers related to Ultimate Spider-Man, the comic book series.

  • How exactly does Miles Morales ethnicity works? He's supposed to be "half-Hispanic and half-black", and he's said to have "an African American father and a Puerto Rican mother"; but his last name "Morales" is Hispanic, implying his dad is the Hispanic half. Unless both his parents are African-american of Hispanic descent or Miles got his name from his mom, we have a bit of a contradiction
    • Mile's dad's brother is named Aaron Davis. So presumably, Mile's dad originally had the surname "Davis", and later took the name "Morales" from Mile's mother when they were married, dropping his original last name. It makes perfect sense that he'd do that, as Miles' dad is very ashamed of his criminal past and of his brother.
    • So, long story short, yes, Miles Morales' last name is from his mother, not his father.
    • It is indeed possible that Miles' father is a black Hispanic.
      • But wouldn't that make him whole Hispanic? I mean having two Hispanic parents?
      • Another thing is that people mix up race and ethnicity. He is Black physically. That is race. His ethnicity is Hispanic.
      • Original Poster here. I'm not from the States, so I have no idea how the race-ethnicity works there; but I looked into it and according to my research "Hispanic" is a person from Latin-america or Spain (not racism there, no sire!) or anybody who identifies as Hispanic. So if I follow this correctly Miles must have a dad who is Black Hispanic and a mother who is Puerto Rican of some race (probably zaguate); and he's called Half-Black because his mom isn't. I still don't understand the Half-Hispanic part. Ethnicity in the States is way to complicated.
      • Did you know it is possible for Black people to be from Latin America? Strange, I know.
      • Maybe his dad has a hispanic last name for some weird reason? Maybe his dad was adopted by a hispanic couple? Maybe his dad took his mom's name at their marriage? It's not that out there.
      • His mom is Puerto Rican and his dad is black.
      • I haven't read the comic, but I think it's been clarified that Miles' dad's original surname was Davis, and that Morales is his wife's surname. Presumably he adopted his wife's surname instead of vice-versa to further separate himself from his brother.
    • There's no proof that Mile's father changed his surname though. It's just as likely that Miles was born out of wedlock and got his mother's surname.
      • Considering that Miles is almost certainly Jefferson's biological son, and Jefferson is married to Rio, it's far more likely that they all share the same surname of Morales, i.e. Jefferson changed his surname to Rio's.

  • What is the relationship between Peter's parents and Aunt May and Uncle Ben? May refers to Peter's mother as her sister several times, but everyone has the surname Parker. Were Ben and Richard brothers who married two sisters? Were Ben and Richard unrelated, but co-incidentally both had the same surname? Was Parker in fact May and Mary's surname, and both their husbands took it on marriage (similar to the Morales suggestion above)? It all seems a bit odd.
    • If I recall, they were 2 brothers who married 2 sisters. Don't quote me on that; I can't seem to find a source.
    • If that's not the case, than May and Peter's mom may have just been sisters-in-law who were very close.

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