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    Miles Morales/Spider-Man II 
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Prime Earth Supporting Cast

    Ganke Lee 

Ganke

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Miles' best friend. A self-confessed LEGO geek and like Miles, a borderline Child Prodigy.


  • Aerith and Bob: Asian or not, "Ganke" is just a plain weird name. It's to the point where all the first hits on Google return pages about this character.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Averted, as with Miles. Neither of them seem to be more than passingly familiar with Spider-Man. However, Ganke gets into it quick enough, and thoroughly researches his history to get some context about Miles' own powers.
  • Asian and Nerdy: He's of Korean descent and obsessed with LEGO and comics.
  • Big Fun: Is much more laid-back than Miles, and seemingly more outgoing. It's implied that he can be a bit of a shut-in, though.
  • Chekhov's Skill: While it isn't made explicit, LEGO and building blocks are actually typically owned by chemists note  Miles apparently has no head for chemistry, and tasks Ganke with reverse engineering Peter's spider-web formula.
  • Child Prodigy: Possibly more so than Miles, who had to get into his (highly competitive) charter-school on a lottery rather than on merit like Ganke. Miles says at one point that he needs Ganke for his brain.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Ganke was rather enthusiastic when Miles gained his powers and pushed him to be a superhero when Miles didn't want to.
  • Fat Best Friend: Almost exactly a Type A as described on the trope page (gregarious and laid-back).
  • Genre Blind: Ganke is a pretty bad liar, shown with how he (and Miles) constantly tell terribly obvious lies to their roommate Judge in regards to Miles' constant disappearances, causing him to have a falling out with them. He's also a little too boisterous and enthusiastic about Miles' hero life, causing him to openly (and sometimes a bit too loudly) talk about Miles' exploits in public, despite Miles constantly pleading for him to not do that or at least keep his voice down.
    • In Miles Morales: Spider-man novel, Ganke repeatedly gets Miles to relish his superpowers and show off with them by getting him involved in a dunk contest for money with some streetball players and coercing Miles to join a dance competition. The latter ended in violence.
    • He breaks taboo and tells others that Miles is Spider-man or he knows who Spider-man is.
  • Genre Savvy: Very much so, compared to Miles. Instead of letting Miles learn haphazard while on patrol, he buys some readily available live footage of Peter as Spider-Man to crib off of. He also makes the rather gloomy call that Miles needs to get better than the original fast. If all Peter's experience couldn't keep him alive, what could Miles hope to do?
    • It pays off when Miles has to face Norman Osborn, the man who killed Peter Parker. Due to Ganke's prodding, Miles has an idea of what to expect when fighting him and ends up curb-stomping him while delivering a cathartic Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Made more apparent after the Time Skip. He expressed interest before it, but nowadays, if he is not discussing LEGO or Spider-Man related stuff, he is talking about attractive women and how to get with them. He eventually does get with Gwen Stacy.
    • However, it does come of as Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?? Considering Miles Mother and Girlfriend thought he was gay and he does show signs of being jealous of Katie.
    • Bites him in the ass as he chases down a girl who just happens to be a fan of Miles and is using him to get closer to Miles.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Part of his enthusiasm about Miles being a superhero is that he also wants to become one as well.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It is pronounced Gain-Key.
  • Kitsch Collection: He collects LEGO sets. He even waited in line to collect a limited edition Triskelion Captain America being inaugurated as President. He was extremely bummed when it sold out.
  • Likes Older Women: He thinks Spider-Woman is sexy and was kissed on the lips by Gwen Stacy, both of whom are biologically at least three years older than him.
  • Loose Lips: Cannot keep a secret if his life depended on it. He intentionally revealed Miles identity to Goldballs without Miles' permission. After getting scolded by both Miles and Goldballs for being insensitive and told that it was not his secret to reveal, he then goes to hang out with the girl who is a huge fan of Miles. When he starts dating her, she gets annoyed because Ganke won't tell her his real name. While defending himself, he blurts out Miles name again.
    Danika: Are you embarrassed about me?
    Ganke: No! Opposite. But—That's—That's why I want to do this right. Miles has been such an Amazing Friend to—(realizing his mistake and quickly shuts up)
    (Beat)
    Danika: I can pretend I didn't hear it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Just like Miles, everyone assumes he's gay, although he's dating Danika Hart. He constantly talks about other women.
  • Muggle Best Friend: The first person Miles tells about his newly gained Spider powers.
    • Wants to be a superhero and vicariously tries to live through Miles.
  • My Parents Are Dead: Ganke offhandedly mentions that his dad died as a way to reassure Miles that he will have his back just as Miles did when his parent died.
    • Retconned in the transition to the 616 Universe. His parents are just divorced.
  • Mythology Gag: His use of 'Ned' as an alias while dating Danika may be an allusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Ned Leeds, who is essentially Ganke with Ned's name attached.
  • Only Sane Man: Points out that while the world is going to hell in a handbasket, Spider-Man killing the Prowler should not be headline news.
  • Parental Issues: His parents are divorced in Miles Morales: Spider-man. So this causes numerous problems for him.
    • His parents are very awkward around each other so when they do have dinner together or his mother alone, it creates a weird atmosphere so Ganke routinely skips out and eats with the Morales family.
    • When tasked with an assignment that involves finding out the meaning of his name, he is afraid to ask his parents because he is too afraid that it would cause animosity in one of them.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: After Ganke's nerd rage over a LEGO collection chases Katie Bishop away, he and Miles have a discussion about being too geeky. Miles states that girls rather not deal with a boy who is too nerdy. Ganke is not too convinced.
    Ganke: The right girl will.
    • He's eventually right, as he ends up getting a kiss from Gwen Stacy.
  • The Smart Guy: Miles goes to Ganke specifically for his brain. With few clues to go on, Ganke does some impressive cross-referencing, unearthing some obscure news articles linking genetically enhanced spiders to Spidey's own origin.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tears Miles apart for not doing anything when Cloak and Dagger fought Bombshell.

    Jefferson Morales 

Jefferson Morales, née Davis

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Born Jefferson Davis, Miles' father has a shady past that he left behind him before he met Miles' mother, Rio. Although occasionally gruff and outspoken, he is nevertheless a gentle man proud and supportive of his son. Unfortunately, those same feelings are not directed towards Spider-Man, or indeed all those other filthy mutants making trouble and getting people hurt.
  • Abusive Parents: Jefferson and his brother Aaron were raised by a total deadbeat of a man who saw his sons as liabilities. Part of why Jefferson decided to take Rio's name was to promise himself that he wouldn't turn out like his dad, and he's visibly horrified when he does repeat his father's mistakes with Miles.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Following the entire cast's transplant to Earth-616, his more intense moments come less from a disdain of superheroes in general and more the various ways Miles could get hurt in these situations.
  • The Artifact: His name, shared with the leader of the Confederate States of America, has gradually become one of these now that the Fantastic Racism part of his character has largely been phased out.
  • Badass Normal: In his youth, he got noticed by small-time gangster Turk after trashing five of his enforcers by himself. Which in turn gets him noticed by Nick Fury and later the eventual Kingpin, Wilson Fisk.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a nice guy, but his past as a former criminal gave him the skills to handle himself in a fight if he has to.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Jefferson's own father was the man who sent him and Aaron on the paths to becoming criminals, and describes some intense emotional abuse when he was a little boy simply for stealing candy instead of something worth the senior Davis's time. Jefferson is determined to be a better father to Miles, and he and Rio decided to give Miles his mother's name as a way to symbolically distance his son from that part of his life.
  • Character Development: Introduced as a gruff, bigoted man whose only soft spot is for his middle-school aged son, Jefferson gradually unlearns his prejudices and becomes a genuine source of support for Miles.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • He's had one, implied to be some kind of super-criminal. It turns out he was a member of The Enforcers. He was recruited by Nick Fury to be a super-gangster in order to gain Wilson Fisk's trust.
    • He also did some dealings with Roxxon before Miles was born, which ended with his being run out of whatever business he was engaged in.
  • Good Parents: May be stern sometimes, but has shown to legitimately love his kid and do anything for him. Until he learns Miles is Spider-Man. Though he eventually comes to terms with it, and is even supportive of it.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Not that old, but he sure acts like it. In his earliest appearances, he will rant about anything. He gradually becomes less extreme on this front, but it never leaves his characterization completely.
  • Hidden Depths: The fact that Rio saw these is why they got married. It takes a dark turn in the 17th and 18th issues—this hapless, grumpy man instinctively guns down several rebel soldiers in cold blood, after one of them kills a cop in front of him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Implied to be the reason why Rio married him. He's gruff and has a temper, but he's a dutiful parent to Miles and will do anything for him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Never vocalized, but you can see his expression of regret when he hit Miles.
  • Nice Guy: Is apparently a very gentle person, opinions and attitude aside, and put aside his criminal past long before he married Rio. It's especially played up after he and the rest of the cast as transplanted to the main Marvel Universe, where it's clear that his M. O. is (and, by power of Cosmic Retcon, always has been) doing right by his kid.
  • Noble Bigot: He believes mutants and other empowered humans are destructive, dangerous, and need to go. Since this is the Ultimate Marvel universe, his argument has more weight than in most books. It is this attitude that discourages Miles from confiding in his father. As the series progresses, he gradually unlearns this prejudice, though he's still uneasy about the various ways his son could get hurt.
    • Miles unmasked himself to reveal his identity and Jefferson was pissed (although its stated partly to be because he was working with SHIELD, with whom he has a past with). He went as far as to actually hit Miles which is poignant because as far as issue 2, he never laid hands on Miles until then. He immediately regrets it and becomes torn when he watches his son save people after a plane crashes in front of his neighborhood. He soon disappeared and didn't return for months.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks like Mos Def.
  • Papa Wolf: To his detriment—he picks a fight with the army when they refused to let him into the area he lived in (due to an attack-scare), and that got him arrested (in war-time, to boot). Taken Up to Eleven when Hydra rescues them; when one of the Hydra men guns down a policeman in cold blood, Jefferson goes into a fit of anxiety over how his family and home are being threatened and instinctively grabs a rifle and guns down all the Hydra soldiers around. That said, it's also put to more noble uses on occasion, such as teaming up with Aaron to rescue Miles from the Assessor in Miles Morales: Spider Man #9.
  • Parental Abandonment: Has disappeared after Miles revealed his identity to him and doesn't reappear for months. When he finally returns, he is horrified by his past actions and apologizes, finally explaining his Dark and Troubled Past as a criminal and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to his son and re-committing himself to being the best parent he can be.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: After being recruited by Wilson Fisk (years before he became The Kingpin), Jefferson becomes a part of Fisk's personal goon squad - The Enforcers. Unlike the others, he doesn't have a particular gimmick (like Fancy Dan's skills with a whip) or size on his side (like Ox)... he's just really good in a fight.
  • Reverse Mole: Nick Fury had him act as an undercover agent of SHIELD to infiltrate the Kingpin's organization 25 years ago.
  • That Man Is Dead: He changed his last name to his wife's instead of the other way around, which is very rare in the US. Given his attitude towards his background, it was likely an effort to separate himself from his past. He might of also not wanted to continue sharing a name with Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
  • Younger Than They Look: His face is rather worn, and with certain artists may appear almost wrinkled. But he otherwise looks like a fit young man. He is implied to be in his early 40's. If the "Newark, 25 Years Ago" is any indication, he was a young man in the late 1980's/early 1990's, but owing to Comic-Book Time, it's hard to put an exact number on anyone's ages.

    Rio Morales 

Rio Morales

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Miles' mother, who married Jefferson after he had put his criminal past to rest. Like Jefferson, she is proud of and caring to Miles, always willing to listen to his problems. She is more open-minded than her husband, and finds heroes like that new Spider-Man to be very cool.


  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Ultimate End, Miles wakes up in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe and finds his mother waiting for him, telling him to wake up. He tearfully hugs her tightly.
  • Comic Book Death: She gets shot dead by accident during Miles' fight with the second Venom. Eventually, Molecule Man brought her back from the dead as a way of thanking Miles for showing Molecule Man the first act of kindness he's gotten in years.
  • Death Amnesia: Thanks to Molecule Man's Cosmic Retcon, all of the characters in the cast have had their memories slightly warped to integrate them into Earth-616, but Rio's death seems to be omitted entirely (and her learning her son's secret identity in the lead-up to that). The only character who's brought it up (much to Miles' confusion) is The Unbelievable Gwenpool. Later on, Miles' Let's You and Him Fight moment with the main universe's version of Venom stems from Miles having vague memories of Venom "hurting" his mother.
  • Genre Savvy: When she finds her husband at home frozen in shock with a gun in his lap, she doesn't jump to conclusions or make any obvious accusations. The questions she does ask are chillingly pointed and almost knowing. Granted, she was wrong about him starting a fight or joining his Hydra rescuers, but she was right in knowing something very violent happened.
  • Good Parents: Always supported Miles and did everything she could to make her boy happy. As of the October 2019 issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man, she's primed to do so again with her second-born child.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: She's Puerto Rican, and occasionally mixes Spanish words into her dialogue, but unlike true Spanglish, they are all usually words that the English-speaking readers will easily pick up on.
  • Hello, Nurse!:
    • Happens to be a nurse, and is very good-looking.
    • After she finds out Miles' identity, she uses her position in the hospital to offer her son aid while also keeping his name off the records.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Rio busting caps into a 15 feet tall Venom to save her son. This becomes a Heroic Sacrifice, but she gets better.
    • Later on, she's ready to throw hands with her brother-in-law, an ex-supervillain, when she believes one of his "criminal buddies" has hurt Miles.
  • Open-Minded Parent:
    • Unlike her husband, she likes the idea of superheroes and thinks they do important work for the world.
    • Was not angry that Miles was Spider-Man or really worried about his safety. She was angry that he and Jefferson essentially lied to her. Otherwise, she fully supports her son's superheroism.
  • Parents as People: She becomes worried about Miles' but ultimately respects his privacy, but can't help to get curious when her mother hired Jessica Jones to investigate him. When she does learn that Miles is Spider-man, she feels betrayed by both Miles and Jefferson that they kept the secret from her. She even leaves the home for awhile. She eventually forgives them, and expresses pride in knowing that her son is helping people.
  • The Real Heroes: She's the head nurse at Brooklyn University Hospital, and her determination to save lives using her medical skills is treated as equally noble as her son doing the same with his spider powers. In the first issue of Saladin Ahmed's run on Miles' comic, Miles describes Rio as the most heroic person in his life.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She had no negative qualities. All she did was be a loving mother to her son and understanding and loving wife. Thus making her death being this trope. She gets better.
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    Gloria Morales 

Gloria Morales

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Miles' maternal grandma. She came to straight him up. Don't mess with her!
  • Apron Matron: If Rio is a strict mother, Gloria is even more.
  • Death Glare: She gave one to Jefferson after giving her ultimatum to Miles.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After Miles' grades start to tank, Gloria becomes obsessed in her pet theory that Miles has somehow started doing and/or selling drugs, and she will bark it at anyone who will listen (including poor confused Lana, who leaves the Morales doorway with a few more acronyms to Google).
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Like her daughter and grandson, she's bilingual, but most of her Spanglish is confined to words that the English-speaking readers can easily pick up on.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Even if she's wrong about the details, she has a point that Miles needs to focus more on his studies.
  • My Beloved Smother: Rio can't bring herself to reign Gloria in after it becomes clear that she's crossing the line in trying to set Miles on the straight and narrow, to Jefferson's growing frustration.
  • Mythology Gag: One of her first lines is "Face it, tigre", invoking another Spider-Man supporting character.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Gloria blames every personal shortcoming Miles shows on Jefferson and has no qualms speaking ill of the late Aaron Davis. Jefferson once told Rio that the thing he loves most about her is the fact that she was able to overcome Gloria's parenting.

    Lana Baumgartner / Bombshell 

Lana Baumgartner

See Bombshell

     Barbara Rodriguez 

Barbara Rodriguez

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A student at Brooklyn Visions Academy in Miles' class and an aspiring singer. Miles is immediately smitten with her the moment that he lays on her. When Ganke introduces her to Miles, they immediately hit it off and then Miles saves her from a giant robot body part falling from the sky. She becomes more interested in Miles and begins to suspect something is off about him. Regardless, they start to date in Spider-Man #235.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Miles sometimes calls her "B-Rod", but she tells him to cut it out because she can tell he's trying to change the subject when he does it.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Is Barbara another Earth-1610 transplant like most of the Miles-adjacent characters, or is she an Earth-616 native who just happens to attend BVA? True, the Earth-616 native Miles Morales loved a woman named Barbara, but she was a blonde named Barbara Sanchez, and Miles-616 eventually found "his" Barbara's Earth-1610 counterpart. This character is the only Barbara Rodriguez that we know of at present. Even if she was, thanks to Molecule Man, she would have no way of knowing it, and it's hardly the focus of the stories she appears in.
  • Amicable Exes: Miles and Barbara's attempt at a relationship is nipped in the bud eleven issues after it begins (in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6), but they remain on good terms and make amiable small talk when they run into each other.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Aside from sounding like her according to Ganke, she looks like Alicia Keys when drawn by Sara Pichelli.
  • Cool Big Sis: She has this sort of relationship with her ten-year-old cousin Eduardo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seems to enjoy Snark-to-Snark Combat banter with Miles and teases him about rumors of his constant disappearances.
  • First Kiss: She and Miles have theirs in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4, after a series of almost kisses that kept getting interrupted by Miles vanishing to do some heroics.
  • Love at First Sight: Subverted. Miles has seen Barbara in passing, given that she's a classmate who worked with Ganke on some group project. However, when she catches his eye in Spider-Men II, he's instantly smitten. They banter throughout the miniseries, which concludes with Miles texting her to ask her out.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She and Judge are both do not know that Miles is Spider-Man. That said, she's instantly aware that something is different about Miles after seeing how quickly he reacted to a giant piece of debris from nowhere, and she likes to tease him about his reputation as a flake who keeps vanishing from the school as weird times. Eventually, his constant disappearances take a toll on their relationship, and she breaks up with him soon after.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Her relationship with Miles is an exercise of this. He does not want to reveal his identity because he was specifically told by everyone in the superhero community that doing so will endanger her in some way. It puts somewhat of a strain in instances where Miles walks off with one of his pretty superheroine friends without so much of an explanation as to whom this person is to Miles, where are they going, and etc.
  • Nice Hat: Miles first spots her after noticing a distinctive bright pink hat she is wearing. For the rest of Bendis' run, pink is Barbara's identifying color, though she wears more varied colors (and fewer hats) once the new creative team took over.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted and made into a minor plot point. She shares a first name with a woman named Barbara Sanchez, the one true love of Earth-616's native Miles Morales.
  • Rescue Romance: Not in a damsel distress variety. Miles grabbed her before she was crushed to death by a random flying object. This is where she begins to suspect that he may have powers but not exactly sure what it is. Regardless, she is thankful for whatever he is.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Perhaps, or it could just be an inter-dimensional coincidence that two people named Miles Morales have fallen for women named Barbara. The Miles Morales of Earth-616 loved Barbara Sanchez, and eventually travelled to the restored Earth-1610 to pursue her doppelgänger after his own Barbara's death. Meanwhile, "our" Miles has fallen for this character, Barbara Rodriguez, who, so far as we can tell, is the only person by that name.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She's introduced as a classmate of Miles' in Spider-Men II, despite having never been seen before that point. According to Ganke, Miles has seen her before, but just hasn't paid her much attention. Regardless, Miles quickly falls for her and they begin dating.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Barbara joined the Brooklyn Visions cast of characters in Spider-Man #234, but from then until the end of Bendis' run, she has very little to do. Most of her page time is dedicated to her watching Miles as he runs off to be Spider-Man. She's fleshed out a bit more in the next run, further exploring her love for music and introducing her Cool Big Sis relationship to her precocious cousin Eduardo and her interest in social justice. Tellingly, this is also where she breaks things off with Miles, as she doesn't want to date someone who is clearly keeping secrets from her.
  • Second Love: She is this to Miles, though neither of them know it. Miles did have a girlfriend in his original universe, Katie Bishop, but they broke up shortly after Miles learned that Katie was in league with HYDRA. The multiverse imploded not long after, and when the main Marvel Universe was restored, Miles and his friends and family were transplanted there with their memories re-written to make it seem as though they always lived in the Marvel Universe. As a result, Miles' failed romance with Katie is completely gone from his memories, and as far as he and Barbara know, she is his first real girlfriend.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She jokes about being one with Miles:
    Barbara: (sees Miles brooding alone outside in the dark) You okay? I saw you out here being a sullen, brooding, teenager and I was compelled to come out because I was raised on Twilight movies.

     Judge 

Judge

A Haitian-American teen and the original roommate of Miles and Ganke's at Brooklyn Vision Academy. After repeatedly getting locked out of the loop regarding Miles' secret identity, he gets fed up and request a room change. Miles and Judge eventually mend relations and become roommates again.
  • Characterization Marches On: He appears and disappears sporadically throughout Brian Michael Bendis' run, where his defining trait is mainly his confusion at what is going on with Miles and Ganke. He gets more attention in Saladin Ahmed's run, which shows him as a hammy goofball eager to get his roommates out of their comfort zones. (Oh, if he only knew...)
  • Hidden Depths: He keeps a journal, and finds it a useful stress reliever.
  • Keet: He's endlessly energetic and loves to find ways to make his friends laugh.
  • Large Ham: He loves to goof off with Miles and Ganke, sometimes to their (especially Ganke's) chagrin.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea that one of his roommates is Spider-Man.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Implied. Since he's mainly associated with Miles' school life, his family is almost never mentioned (he's never even been given a last name). So far, the only relative of his we've met is his granmè, which is Creole for "grandmother".

     Danika Hart 

Danika Hart

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Huge Spider-man fan, or more specifically a Miles Morales' fan, who runs a huge vlog that covers superheroes. Made a big deal out of Spider-man being a person of color and defedned her stance. Ganke is a huge fan of her vlog and took an interest in her in spite of Miles not being a huge fan of her vlog. When Miles was in trouble, Ganke reached out to her under the guise of 'Ned' to help him. Afterwards, the two eventually started dating with Ganke still not telling her his real name in order to secure Miles' identity.


  • Age-Gap Romance: Downplayed, but she is an NYU student while Ganke is still in high school.
  • Blog: Has a huge social media following.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Danika hasn't been seen since Brian Michael Bendis' run ended, which implies she and Ganke broke up at some point off-page.
  • Genki Girl: She is extremely energetic on her YouTube account as she babbles on about the latest piece of superhero news.
  • Race Fetish: She is incredibly fascinated by the fact that the new Spider-Man is a person of color, which Miles himself is uncomfortable with.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Has shades of this, but genuinely is impressed and is a fan of Spider-man being a person of color.
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     Fabio Medina / Goldballs 

Fabio Medina / Goldballs

After quitting the X-Men and returning home, Fabio Medina ends up transferring to Brooklyn Vision Academy and quickly becomes Miles and Ganke's new roommate after the latter outs Miles' identity to him.


  • Green-Eyed Monster: Develops a bit of this towards Miles due to Lana's crush on him and him blowing her off.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Lana. He develops a crush on her but it becomes quickly apparent that she has eyes for Miles instead, who in turn sees her as just a friend and has begun romancing Barbara.
  • Put on a Bus: Gets more or less written out of the 2018 relaunch of the book. In issue #24 of Champions (2016), Fabio ends up the victim of a School Shooting at Vision Academy and it's implied that he ends up getting pulled out of school because of it. From there, he joins the cast of X-Men as penned by Jonathan Hickman.
  • Secret Keeper: Admittedly not by choice; Ganke decides to take it upon himself to out Miles as Spider-Man to Fabio because he thinks it would be to Miles' benefit for another superpowered student to know about him.

    Vice Principal Lyle Dutcher 

Lyle Dutcher

The new Vice Principal of Brooklyn Visions Academy, who has a personal vendetta against Miles Morales, whom he sees as a troublemaker and a bad influence on the other students. Ironically, he has nothing but respect for the Brooklyn Spider-Man.


  • Dean Bitterman: He's very open about his dislike for Miles, loudly assuring our hero that he (Dutcher) is not an idiot and has his eye on this menace to his school. He's even cast in the Dean Rooney role in the Whole Plot Reference story "Miles Morales' Day Off".
  • Expy: What J. Jonah Jameson is to Peter Parker, Vice Principal Dutcher is to Miles Morales - a loud, irascible blowhard who has a talent for making our hero's life harder by insisting that he is up to no good. That said, it's not a 1:1 comparison: Jonah is a respected public figure and largely considered to be a good (if intense) boss. Dutcher, on the other hand, is everyone's least favorite co-worker among the Brooklyn Visions Academy staff.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Among the BVA faculty. The other teachers and administrators don't get his irrational obsession with this one kid, and they especially aren't happy when he interferes with them doing their work because of it.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: He sees Brooklyn's Spider-Man as a respectable young man who recognizes the importance of tradition, responsibility, and bravery. Miles Morales, on the other hand, is an entitled punk who's not nearly as smart as he thinks he is, and Lyle Dutcher is going to make sure all of his coworkers know it.
  • I Reject Your Reality: As anyone who's ever read one of Miles' books knows, he's an incredibly sweet kid, and many of the other employees recount positive experiences with him, but Dutcher insists that it's all a front.
  • Large Ham: He takes his vice principal role insanely seriously, much to the frustration of his coworkers:
    Dutcher: That whole meeting [with the City of New York Office of Education] was ridiculous. Pencil pushers trying to tell me how to do my job.
    Principal Evans: "Pencil pushers"? You're a vice principal, Lyle, not a Navy SEAL. You've got to learn to calm down.

     Tiana Toomes / Starling 

Tiana Toomes / Starling

A Detroit-born college freshman and new (anti-) hero in Brooklyn. She's the granddaughter of Adrian Toomes, otherwise known as Peter Parker's longtime enemy, Adrian Toomes / the Vulture.
  • Alliterative Name: In classic Marvel fashion, Tiana Toomes.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Like her grandfather, who built her suit and taught her how to fly, she has a bird motif.
  • Anti-Hero: She's committed to justice and teams up with Spider-Man to take down Tombstone's men and some crooked cops. She's also got a brutal streak and Miles regularly has to talk her out of some more extreme actions.
  • Disappeared Dad: When Tiana was very young, her father Frankie abandoned her and her mom, Lenora. Adrian Toomes, disgusted by his son's actions, became a support system for them, and eventually, a mentor for Tiana.
  • Love at First Sight: Miles develops a crush on her the moment he sees her, comparing her to an angel (up until he remembers that she hospitalized about a dozen of Tombstone's henchmen).
  • Morality Pet: To the Vulture, who, to Tiana's memory, has never been anything but a devoted and loving granddad. After his son Frankie abandoned little Tiana and her mom, Adrian went out of his way to provide for them, and made sure that every penny he gave them came from a legitimate source. Following her mother's death, Adrian encouraged her to follow her dreams of becoming an artist by moving to his Brooklyn address. While she's at it, she's decided to use the skills he taught her to take a stab at the superhero gig.
  • Secret Identity: Averted. She calls herself "Tiana" and "Starling" basically interchangeably, citing how her grandfather never tried to conceal that Adrian Toomes was also the Vulture. She finds it old-fashioned that her new self-appointed cohort will only call himself "Spider-Man".

Prime Earth Rogues Gallery

    Aaron Davis / The Prowler / Iron Spider II 

Aaron Davis/The Prowler/Iron Spider II

Miles' uncle, estranged from his father. Aaron was a small-time thief with Miles' father in his youth. While Miles' father got out of the trade before he met Miles' mother, Aaron never went straight, eventually becoming the high-tech super-criminal known as the Prowler. When Aaron discovered that his nephew was the new Spider-Man, he took Miles under his wing to help him take down his rival, the Scorpion, a decision that cost Aaron his life and would haunt Miles long afterwards. Years later, Aaron somehow came back from the dead, and, feeling like he was out of options, bought an Iron Spider suit off the black market and resumed his life of crime. Miles, now a few years older, is determined to both save the city from this villain and his uncle from himself.


  • Badass Longcoat: Which he wears over his skintight suit, seemingly just for the aesthetic.
  • Badass Normal: It's clear that the Prowler is a very skilled fighter, being able take Spider-Man hand-to-hand. He's also very fit and skilled, being able to adapt to and use a wide range of mechanics and devices that require large amounts of athleticism.
  • Black Sheep: His brother (Miles's dad) went straight a long time ago and his nephew is Spider-Man.
  • Children Raise You: He loves Miles dearly and his main reason for turning his life around is to be the man Miles once thought him to be again. He muses that, in his Prowler days, he spent so much time trying to get Miles to be more aggressive with his powers, but in fact, he could've stood to learn a few things from his timid, gentle nephew.
  • Chronic Villainy: He makes his debut as the villain Prowler, and dies. He later comes back to life and acquires an Iron Spider armor to continue his crimes. Spider-Man tries to talk him out of it, and he eventually concedes that he's right. Then he's forced to make a deal with Ceres Goldstein to become the Prowler again in exchange for gear and information to help him rescue Miles from the Assessor.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: His work clothes, which include at least finger lasers. He'll also slip into any powered armor, etc. that's handy.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He uses lasers in a fist fight, and is not above electrocuting and shredding enemies with a mass-razor launcher in order to facilitate an escape.
  • Comic Book Death: Along with Rio, he came back to life as well, but everyone including Miles, has assumed that he is dead. Unlike Rio, who has no memory of dying, Aaron does remember his death, but has no idea how it was undone.
  • Cool Uncle: For the first thirteen years of Miles Morales' life, he has nothing but positive memories of Aaron, often seeing him as the better alternative to his aloof and often grumpy father Jefferson. This falls apart once Aaron learns his nephew is Spider-Man, and he tries to make Miles into a villain too. In more recent storylines, a revived Aaron has vowed to redeem himself and earn that place in Miles' heart again.
  • Did Not See That Coming: Turns out Scorpion has impenetrable skin. That whole "revenge stabbing" thing was not a good idea, in hindsight.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: In the Ultimate Universe, Aaron started off as the counterpart to Hobie Brown, serving as his Universe's Prowler. After being brought back to life and now in the main universe, Aaron changes his Identity to become the Iron Spider, after stealing the suit. And then he becomes the Prowler again, though admittedly after Hobie had abandoned the identity and not by Aaron's own choice (he just needs the gear in order to save Miles from another villain).
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Thematically, he's this to Uncle Ben. Both he and Ben are friendly uncles to Spider-Man and act as a mentor. In the end, Aaron is a manipulative ass who tries to exploit Miles and his friendliness is conditional. His favorite way of gaslighting his nephew is to assert that Miles has a responsibility to his family.
    • He then becomes a literal evil counterpart when he returns as the Iron Spider, which imitates some of Miles' powers.
  • Evil Mentor: Decides that his nephew needs guidance — so that he'll be ready to take out the Scorpion, who stands in the Prowler's way.
  • Honor Before Reason: For a certain value of "Honor". After the Scorpion's goons got a little too up-close-and-personal with him during their business transaction, he tries to kill the Scorpion in revenge once the Scorpion calls them off, instead of just finishing their business.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Spider-Man #240, he concedes that Miles was right all along and switches sides. When he resurfaces, he's sold the Iron Spider suit back to its creator and used the money to build an honest life for himself. He and his nephew awkwardly but sincerely re-establish the bond they had when Miles was younger, and he is doing everything in his power to avoid getting dragged back into crime. Unfortunately, when Miles is in mortal danger, he's forced to become the Prowler again, getting his gear back in exchange for doing Ceres Goldstein some favors.
  • Hot-Blooded: He makes some stupid decisions as a result. Trying to use a hold-out device as a regular weapon (it's one-use, hence the "hold-out" part), and threatening the Tinkerer when it doesn't work (he had specified that it was a "getaway jacket" and nothing else), and then immediately killing Tinkerer, the guy who makes his equipment because the Tinkerer gave him some generic information regarding Spider-Man's origins and Aaron apparently thought it was too sensitive to let him live.This becomes his undoing. Miles and he get into a fight and his recklessness (namely his using a sonic gauntlet in a fight even after seeing it get badly damaged) and disregard for anybody but himself and his own desires gets himself killed. Thankfully, he's cooled down in later stories, learning from his previous mistakes.
  • Jerkass
  • Morality Pet: He and Miles actually get along very well, Miles hanging out at his place when he needs to get away from his parents. For his part, Aaron makes sure to keep his criminal activities out of sight and is otherwise a doting uncle, being very encouraging when discovering Miles won the lottery for being accepted in the school. That gets thrown out the window early on once he finds out Miles is the new Spider-Man, at which point he quickly makes plans to exploit him.
    • Later, it's revealed that the reason he was doing crime in the first place was because he was trying to pay off cancer treatment for his then girlfriend and support his son, though both the girlfriend and child were eventually retconned out.
    • Later, he only becomes the Prowler again when it's his only option for saving Miles from the Assessor.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While robbing Oscorp, a genetically engineered spider, very similar to the one that bit Peter, snuck out of its holding chamber and into his bag, later biting Miles when he came over to visit and creating the second Spider-Man.
  • Not So Different: Claimed this about Miles with his dying words.
    How about...that? You are...just...like me.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Scorpion provides an extended one for him, once it becomes more and more apparent just how dangerous he is. Eventually he's just plain terrified of Scorpion.
  • Poisonous Friend: He claims that he's just trying to train Miles out of familial care, but he's manipulative and cruel about it, blackmailing Miles and maintaining that Miles owes him for the powers. It's also clear that Miles is at least in part a tool to get rid of the Scorpion.
  • Starter Villain: For Miles Morales. His familial and emotional connection with Miles make him a far more personal threat than most and he gives Miles the most trouble as he's first starting out.
  • Stern Teacher: Once he starts trying to get Miles to fulfill his potential. Which he does so by intimidating him and beating him up, though granted Aaron was planning on Miles' powers to make this backfire on himself.
  • Teach Him Anger: He tries to get Miles to stop holding back as Spider-Man this way. He later realizes that he could stand to be taught some compassion from his nephew.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: From the the Tinkerer, of course. Unfortunately, he kills the Tinkerer early on, forcing him pilfer the Tinkerer's stash. Later, he gets an Iron Spider suit from the black market, and a new Prowler suit from Ceres Goldstein.

     Lori Baumgartner/Bombshell Mom 
Fifteen years ago, Lori Baumgartner was held up in Rykers Island Prison for 18 years for armed robbery. She was chosen by a clandestine Roxxon Secret Group for an opportunity for freedom if she agreed to undergo an experiment for a super-genetics program. She of course accepted, but the details of the experiment were secret from her. The Roxxon scientists gave her the power to be a human bomb. However during the experiment, it was found out that Lori was pregnant and accidentally revealed to her. Lori precedes to escape the laboratory and presumably never to found out exactly who those people were while birthing Lana. Over a decade later, she returns to crime with her daughter and start robbing jewelry stores and armored cars. They refer to themselves as the Bombshells.
  • Action Bomb
  • Black Sheep: So much so that the courts took custody of Lana away from her declaring her to be an unfit parent.
  • Book Dumb: Dropped out of high-school and thought Captain America was a professional wrestler.
  • Good Parents: As far as a person who raised their daughter to be brought up in a life of crime can be at least. Lori, while still in prison, urges Lana to not follow the same path Lori did and felt remorse for Lana after Lana's boyfriend was murdered in front of her daughter. She even urges Lana to not lose touch of her new friends.
    • Subverted when she gets out prison. She immediately tries to recruit her daughter to do crime again now that SHIELD is out of the picture. When Lana refuses, she tries to use Because I Said So as a justification why Lana should obey.
  • Having a Blast
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Apparently, Lori not only had no idea that she was pregnant, she had no intention of having a child as well.
  • Parental Obliviousness: She believes that simply because she is Lana's mother, Lana has to obey her.
  • Sir Swears Alot: Not as bad as her daughter, but it is still apparent enough for Spider-Woman to point out.
  • Stuff Blowing Up
  • Wonder Twin Powers
     Tomoe / Techno Golem 

Tomoe The Techno Golem

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Tomoe is a young Nuhuman girl that is based in Japan. She grew up with nothing and was essentially a nobody according to her. And then the Terrigen Mist came to Japan and she was given powers that allow her to absorb any technology and use it to her gain. With her powers, she quickly took over the Japanese Underworld, superpowered or no, with her gang of Biotech ninjas. She debuted fighting Tony Stark, Rhodey, and Peter Parker when she suspected that Stark and Madame Masque were working together. When her operation was shut down, she went into hiding. Hearing of a new Iron Man protegee, Riri Williams, Tomoe decided to take her out before she could interrupt her plans like Tony did. This failed and led to her capture by SHIELD. After some time passed, she came across Miles Morales, who had just ran away to Japan. Unaware of his identity and witnessing him taking out a few Goblin Nation thugs, she invited him to her hangout in which she shared a bit of herself to Miles hinting some attraction towards him.


  • Cursed with Awesome: She relishes her power and can no longer imagine what life was like without them. Considering they granted her wealth and prestige, it is hard to say that she is wrong.
  • Cyber Ninja: Runs a clan of Cyber Ninja with Laser Blade Katanas.
  • Dark Action Girl: Definitely this.
  • Dating Catwoman: Implied to be the reason why she was smitten with Miles and why she was disappointed that Miles turned out to be Spider-man.
  • Genre Savvy: She is well aware that the only reason she is thriving is because she has not caught the ire/attention of any SHIELD or Avengers operatives. The moment that she did, she immediately dipped out and went into hiding.
    • Was relieved when the bane and reason why her organization fell, Tony Stark and James Rhodey, were indisposed, so when she learned that there was a replacement, she immediately went after Ironheart and Rescue.
  • Explosive Leash: She implants bombs in her goons' heads as a measure to keep them from divulging information. Not that she needs to worry as they are fanatically loyal to her.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted. Tomoe started from the bottom and now she is a criminal princess.
    Miles: Oh, this is so cool.(referring to the garden on top of her building) Is this your dad's?
    Tomoe: Dad's?
    Miles: Your Father's?
    Tomoe: Oh, Oh no. No. This is mine.
    Miles: You own this?
    Tomoe: I own the building. And the sky above it.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She is vindictive and prideful so she does not forget those who betrayed her and sleighted her in the least. Given that both Miles and Riri drew her ire, one can expect that she will come back and haunt them again.
  • Rags to Riches: According to her, she used her powers to climb the ladder of success.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Very much the case with Miles and why she was disappointed that he was Spider-man. Even after the fight and the realization that he is Spider-man and everybody had collapsed, she crawls over to him hinting that she wanted to kiss him.
  • Technopath: An extremely powerful one at that. She can use any technology that is metal based. Any technology. She has stripped 4 Iron Men of their suits, taken both Spider-men of their web shooters, implanted several biotech mods in her flunkies that she can detonate on will, and shut down an entire building. There is a reason why she is under constant surveillance of SHIELD.
  • Yakuza: Of a sort. Although she was not born in a gang and it is hinted that she overthrew the real Japanese Yakuza.

    The Snatcher 

Snatcher

A psychic who has made a name for himself by kidnapping young children, giving them superpowers, then selling them off as minions to villains and crime lords.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Under his hypnosis, the kids are compelled to do whatever he or the person who buys them tells them to do, and at one point forces the kids to hold each other at gunpoint to force the heroes into a Sadistic Choice. Thankfully, Spider-Man, Rhino, and Captain America manage to defeat him before he finds any buyers quite that twisted, and the only crime any of the children are shown carrying out is a robbery.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The kids he targets are all ordinary civilians, so he's invested in several child-sized uniforms that give them superpowers. Little Eduardo Rodriguez, for example, gets electric powers, and Rhino's niece Tanya gets elastic powers.
  • Mind Control: His power, which he primarily uses on the kids he abducts. He also tries to use it on Spider-Man, Rhino, and Captain America when they track him down, but finds this group (a teenager with Heroic Willpower to spare, a semi-reformed villain in full Papa Wolf - err, Uncle Rhino — mode, and the Determinator of the Marvel Universe) much harder to control than the children, implying that he's nowhere near as strong as Marvel's most recognizable telepaths like Professor X or Jean Grey.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He specifically says that kids he abducts come from families that, in his view, "don't belong" in the US - undocumented immigrants, homeless people, pro-vaccination families, and so on.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: Played with: he kidnaps kids so he can turn them into superhuman minions for the likes of Tombstone.
  • Would Hurt a Child: As evidenced by the human trafficking. He later tries to force the heroes to stand down by making the kids hold each other at gunpoint.

    The Assessor 

Assessor

A mysterious man (or, equally likely, entity) interested in the upper limits of Spider-Man's abilities.
  • Ambiguously Human: He looks like a man, but speaks robotically and never shows any kind of emotion.
  • Break the Badass: The Assessor's torment of Miles is so severe that it leaves him traumatized enough to stop being Spider-Man for several months. Keep in mind that the only other villain to successfully cause Miles this much distress was Ultimate Venom, his mother's killer.
  • Expospeak Gag: "Gag" is stretching it, but the Assessor speaks in mechanical, technical terms.
  • Mad Scientist: Has decided that child abduction and blackmail is the most reasonable way to study spider powers.
  • Royal "We": Only ever uses the pronoun "We", but Miles refers to the Assessor as a "him".
  • Teleportation: Assessor has a mechanical minion called Asset Quantum. Its unique state allows it to teleport and avoid detection by Spider-Sense.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: And Viewer Number Confusion, for that matter. The Assessor exclusively uses the pronoun "we" in self-directed speech. When directly interacting with Miles, the Assessor is seen as a creepy mechanical man, who then vanishes after providing "Subject 002-004" with the redacted terms and conditions. From there, Miles only hears the Assessor as a disembodied voice through a speaker. Towards the end, we see a pair of human scientists, who Miles defeats during his escape attempt, but it's unclear if they were the Assessor, minions for the Assessor, or part of the escape attempt-themed simulation that the Assessor was running on Miles.
  • Worthy Opponent: In his own disturbing way, he respects his prisoner and regularly states that Spider-Man is exceeding his expectations for his tests.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Should "Subject 002-004" not comply with the Assessor's tests, he will direct a punishment either at Miles or his family and friends - pregnant Rio and teenagers Ganke, Judge, and Barbara included.
  • You Are Number 6: Only ever calls Miles "Subject 002-004". When Aaron and Jefferson show up to rescue him, they are identified as "Motivational Assets".

    Ultimatum / SPOILER ALTER EGO 

Miles Morales of Earth-616 / Ultimatum

The Miles Morales native to the regular Marvel Universe. A friend of Wilson Fisk who helped him get his start in life, before retiring to a life of quiet annonimity in the suburbs with his wife... until he lost her. Desperate to get her back, Miles returned to the world of crime, nearly running into both Spider-Men before disappearing into another, strangely familiar universe...


  • The Bus Came Back: He disappears at the end of Spider-Men II. He returns in Miles Morales: Spider-Man issue 250.
  • Costume Copycat: As Ultimatum, his outfit is a mix of that of the founding members of Earth-1610's Ultimates (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Giant Man), albeit in a different colour-scheme.
  • The Dragon: He's managed to make the Ultimate Green Goblin (Back from the Dead once again) into his faithful, near-animalistic minion. Miles even identifies the one-time nemesis of Spider-Man as Ultimatum's pet.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: His minions and hired thugs are an incredibly diverse bunch. This becomes plot-relevant when some of them turn out to be Spanish speakers, allowing Spider-Man to pull a Bilingual Backfire on him and get a lead on where Ultimatum is.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got some pretty nasty facial scars, gained when he tried protecting Wilson Fisk from an attack.
  • The Goggles Do Nothing: As Ultimatum, he's got goggles, in imitation of Ultimate Giant Man's, which served the practical purpose of protecting his eyes when he went giant-sized (and since Ultimatum flies about, presumably when he does that as well).
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife, Barbara. His journey into the recreated Ultimate Universe started with trying to get her back somehow.
  • Mythology Gag: His supervillain name is taken from the most infamous of the Ultimate Universe's events, and his gear appears to be compiled from Earth-1610's Ultimates - Cap's shield, Thor's chest plate, and a combination of Iron Man and Giant Man's powers.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: He's got several groups of minions who wear costumes similar to his. They're looking to establish themselves in the criminal vacuum left behind when Spider-Man and Starling took down Tombstone. Not much is known about them other than that are aggressively pushing some secret drug on the people of Brooklyn (sometimes literally, as Miles tries to save a man. when they force the drug down the guy's throat).
  • Race Lift: He's much lighter-skinned than "our" Miles.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His outfit is the reverse of Miles’ Spidey suit — mainly red with black designs.
  • Sizeshifter: As Ultimatum, he's capable of turning giant like Giant Man.
  • Unperson: There's not a trace of him anywhere in the world. Peter Parker checked, even having Jessica Jones do her thing. She couldn't find a bean. This is because he asked Wilson Fisk to hide all knowledge of him so he could live in peace.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Wilson Fisk, of all people. Miles helped him in his rise to power, and Wilson still treats him as a friend, probably one of the few people this can be said of.

Ultimate Universe Rogues Gallery

    Maximus Gargan / The Scorpion II 

Maximus Gargan/The Scorpion

A Mexican crime lord who followed The Prowler up to New York for revenge for a double-cross. Once there, he decided the city needed a new Kingpin, and set out to consolidate his territory and terrorize The Prowler. Possesses nigh impenetrable skin and wields a fearsome chained flail similar to a scorpion's tail.

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: He's Mexican and the second person to use the Scorpion identity.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Maximus Gargan.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": He has the word "Scorpion" tattooed across the front of his neck. Since he's a huge guy with a bull neck, it's really prominent in any frontal shots.
  • The Brute: Although a fairly eloquent and intelligent example. He has the cleverness and ambition to (try to) assemble a criminal empire. However, his anger issues tend to turn anyone who bothers him into paste, though this isn't necessarily a hindrance.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Is drawn to resemble Danny Trejo, down to the placement of his tattoos (though Maximus has ink more relevant to his character).
  • Composite Character: Of Mac Gargan (uses the name "Scorpion" and almost similar real name) and Black Tartantula (a Hispanic crime lord who, likewise, has ambiguous superhuman powers).
  • Decomposite Character: 616 Mac Gargan becomes both the Clone Saga Scorpion-Peter Parker, and a Mexican crime lord. Neither actually resemble him all that much, except that the former has the costume and the latter (almost) his name. As noted above, Maximus more closely resembles another Spidey villain, the Black Tartantula.
  • Epic Flail: He can demolish entire large rooms filled with equipment and containers in just a couple swings.
  • Implacable Man: He's nigh-invulnerable and shows it.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Though an explanation may be forthcoming, the hints given so far about his strength and resilience are incredibly vague, and he is otherwise just another crime lord. Even when in FBI custody sometime in the past, they were unable to confirm whether or not he was superhuman, and rumors of his powers likewise travel in criminal circles without any confirmation. The Scorpion implies that his impenetrable skin has something to do with where he came from.
  • Made of Iron: Can take electrical shocks and blunt force trauma pretty well, in addition to his tough skin, though it's unclear as to whether it's actually Super Toughness or not.
  • Mission from God: Once he sees how pathetic criminals in New York were, he realizes that God could only have sent him to New York to turn things around.
  • Mood-Swinger: When he loses his temper, he really loses his temper.
  • Mythology Gag: Mac Gargan → Maximus Gargan, and of course the scorpion flail.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Overlaps with Made of Iron. Sufficiently sharp blades or razors can become embedded in his skin, but not pierce completely through. The pain can incapacitate him, though.
  • One Steve Limit: During the Clone Saga, one of Peter's clones was clad in a cybernetic suit of armour equipped with an acid-spewing tail, and was the only clone aside from Spider-Woman to survive.
  • Race Lift: Once his connection to the mainstream Scorpion was solidified, we have the Scorpion going from Caucasian to Mexican.
  • Religious Bruiser: He's a steadfast Catholic, and considers it his God-anointed duty to take control of NYC's criminal underbelly.
  • Visionary Villain: Comes to believe that the crime element of New York is both unorganized and weak; he wants to take back control of crime and bring some class to the criminal underworld.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Probably related to his belief in his Mission from God, he sees fate as the series of challenges life presents you; you either bow before them or fight through them — either way, there's only one possible outcome based on who you are.

    Venom II 

Venom II/Dr. Conrad Marcus

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The third host of the Venom symbiote. He once worked as a scientist for Oscorp but switched to Roxxon, and when he learned Betty Brant was investigating an OZ-infected spider that had given Miles Morales his powers, he stole a sample of the Venom Suit from Roxxon and used it to kill Betty. He confronted and injured Jefferson Morales, who Betty's notes indicated was Spider-Man II, but was driven off by Miles.


  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Conrad Marcus was a middle-aged African-American man, in contrast to the teenaged-to-twentysomething Caucasian Eddie Brock.
  • Ambiguous Situation: There's a lot to cast doubt on whether his supposedly secret identity is actually that. Notably, it was at one point made clear that this version of Venom was operating without a host, and another that he had a mysterious connection to Miles' father.
    • When Conrad first appeared, Osborn offered him a lot of money to replicate the spider who created Spider-Man because Osborn couldn't do it himself. When he learned that the new Spider-Man was indirectly made by him through Betty Brant, he may have decided to reclaim what was his or at least abduct Miles, since the spider Betty brought him died and he needed to learn how he did it in order to profit from it.
  • Combat Tentacles: His first appearance in the third volume is him shanking Betty Brant with a razor tentacle.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Conrad Marcus appeared in the very first issue creating the spider that bit Miles.
  • Eyeless Face: As Venom, Marcus's eyes become progressively smaller until they disappear completely.
  • Hulking Out: Initially resembles a skeletal version of Eddie Brock's Venom form with clawed feet, but quickly becomes far larger and more bestial in appearance than Eddie was, walking on all fours and having an elongated snout resembling the giant Venom in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the police opening fire on him after Spider-Man II stripped him of the symbiote.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Tries to eat a police officer and later absorbs Miles, which backfires when Miles uses his Venom Blasts to pull a Chest Burster and strip Marcus of the symbiote.
  • Legacy Character: The third person to don a sample of the Venom Suit.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Used to work as a scientist for Oscorp before switching to Roxxon.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Even longer than Eddie Brock's.
  • Primal Stance: Becomes far more bestial in appearance as Venom than Eddie Brock was.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Venom Suit increasingly influences Markus, wanting to bond to Spider-Man.
  • What Is This Feeling?: For some reason, Marcus's sample of the Venom Suit was drawn to Miles Morales in the same way the original was drawn to Peter Parker.

     Donald Roxxon 
Donald Roxxon was born into a wealthy family and became the heir to Roxxon Corporation. After his father died, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical empire was left to him despite not having any business skills nor the genius of his would be Rival Norman Osborn or business tycoon, Justin Hammer. After losing Captain America, Nick Fury enlisted the help of several corporations that may be interested in finding the next super-soldier program. So he did whatever he could to compete with Osborn and his competitors to gain the next super-soldier formula since it granted contracts from the Military even sinking to child abduction, human experimentation(way before Osborn even considered), and many unethical means.

  • Abusive Parents: It has been stated that his dad hated him and even sometimes beat Roxxon.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He fervently believes in his own abilities, but he just does not cut it as a menacing villain compared to the likes of Osborn. However, he does have money to hire competent people who make up for his incompetence.
  • Butt-Monkey: Long before his introduction, Roxxon has been regarded as a bumbling oaf who fell into money. His own father abused him and hated him. His own scientists readily acknowledge how crazy insecure he is and only useful for money to fund their experiments.
  • Compensating for Something: He tries to make up for his lack of intelligence and business skills to compete with the likes of Hammer and Oscorp by hiring scientists to do his experiments without actually understanding what they are doing. The only reason that he lasted so long as a corporation was because Osborn and Hammer took themselves out.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: This guy takes the cake. He is only formidable because he is extremely rich and desperate enough to make profit to the extent that he suspends ethics.
  • Depending on the Artist: His appearance changes all the freaking time. About the only thing that remains consistent is his nose.
    • In his first appearance, he's overweight and clean-shaven.
    • In his second appearance in Ultimate Enemy, he's suddenly thin and has a moustache.
    • In his third appearance, when Miles confronts him, he's suddenly clean-shaven and slightly portly again.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Roxxon, would kidnap or experiment on people who nobody would miss. There was an entire list of experiments.
  • Evil Gloating: From the minute Miles and Spider-Woman burst into his office, he starts bragging.
  • It's All About Me: A serious case of this.
  • Manchild: His first appearance establishes his backstory as a rich kid that spent his entire life blowing cash on partying until he was forced to take charge of a multimillion dollar company. Explains a lot.
  • Motormouth: Not in the traditional sense, but it's pretty clear his mouth moves much, much quicker than his brain.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: This guy placed the instruments to his demise and inadvertently made an entire super-hero team hate him.
    • First, he unlawfully granted pardon to a criminal in order to have his scientists experiment on her. After the experiment was successful, she escaped and then her child who she was pregnant with gained powers as well came back fifteen years later and helped secure his demise.
    • Second, he worked with Dr. Octopus to clone Peter Parker multiple times. One of those clones turned out to be the gender swapped clone, Jessica Drew. She harbored se much resentment for Roxxon Corporation that she had them infiltrated twice upon finding out the ties to her creation. Her resentment towards her former creators was the main reason why she formed the teen of pissed off teenage supers who also have been mistreated by Roxxon.
    • Third, Cloak and Dagger were more immediate than the previous two, but after kidnapping the kids, having their deaths faked, and then experimented on, Cloak and Dagger escaped from Roxxon, made public news that drew the attention of Jessica Drew and helped Miles come out his retirement. The reason that they were able to get in contact with Spider-woman, Spider-man, and Bombshell was because Roxxon sent out a hit to attempting to cover up his tracks which led to a fight.
    • Finally, Miles Morales came out of retirement because of what he did to the previous four. Then he found out that Roxxon was involved with the Venom Symbiote that caused his mom's death, and was the one who hired Aaron Jefferson, the Prowler, to steal from the Oscorp building which led to Miles becoming Spider-Man.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: For all his incompetence and boobery, he still has moments of competence. Not to mention whatever it was he did to Miles' dad all those years ago.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Tries to act like he is "the leader of men" and SHIELD won't take him under custody because he works with them. He turns out to be wrong on both accounts.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Spider-Man inadvertently saves multiple projects from superpowered mercenaries? Hire other mercenaries to track and kidnap him so you can interrogate him on why he would. Angrily called out by Peter himself, why would you restrain and interrogate someone apparently helping you? No wonder other costumed superpowers are mad with you if this is how you show gratitude.

Alternative Title(s): Spider Man 2016, Miles Morales Spider Man

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