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Miles Morales, better known by his alias (Ultimate) Spider-Man, is a Marvel Comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, first appearing in Ultimate Fallout #4 (dated August 2011).

Inspired by the election of President Barack Obama and actor Donald Glover's unsuccessful campaign to play the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man, Bendis created Miles specifically for the Ultimate universe, with the intention of using him to replace that reality's doomed Peter Parker.

Officially debuting as Spider-Man in the second volume of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Miles shares a bit in common with his predecessor, namely their mutual gravitation toward science and many of the same abilities — namely Spider-Sense and wall-crawling.

But unlike Peter, Miles isn't quite as excited about gaining his powers, and it's only once he witnesses Peter's death that he decides to take up superheroics. Miles is quite younger than Peter too, still in grade school when bitten by his own genetically-modified spider. He also has some powers that Peter didn't have, with extra abilities like Spider-Camouflage, venom blasts, and even immortality — long story there.

Miles' first major story arc involved confronting his criminal uncle, dealing with questions of Nature Vs Nurture; an especially prescient topic for a young black man like himself, trying to do some good in a world stacked against him. Further storylines saw him clash with S.H.I.E.L.D., The Ultimates, and HYDRA. He even crossed over with the 616 universe on a few occasions, mostly notably in the pages of Spider-Men, where he met the mainstream Peter Parker, and All-New X-Men, where he befriended the time-displaced Jean Grey.

Unfortunately, declining sales of the Ultimate Comics line as a whole meant that Miles never really emerged as a top seller, despite all the mainstream media attention he received on arrival. Nonetheless, he continued keeping the Ultimate imprint afloat, starring in the Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand event, as well as a new ongoing title —Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man— and featuring on the All-New Ultimates team.

The Ultimate line finally ended in 2015, when Earth-1610 crashed into Earth-616, resulting in the massive Secret Wars event. Perhaps a testament to his popularity, Miles features prominently in the core Secret Wars series, where it's revealed that he stowed away on the Cabal's inter-dimensional escape ship, waking up crashed-landed on Battleworld after eight years in stasis. While on Battleworld, he reunites with 616 Peter Parker, and together they work with the few heroes who survived from Earth-616 to overthrow God Doom's reign.

One of the biggest talking points about the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe that rose from the ashes of Secret Wars is perhaps Miles' official implementation into the altered Earth-616. Not only is Miles serving as New York City's official Spider-Man in his third ongoing title, but he also joined the All-New, All-Different Avengers led by Iron Man, originally teased in Marvel's Free Comic Book Day 2015 issue before Secret Wars started.

Miles is especially notable for his Afro-Latino heritage, and is probably the character that inspired Marvel's ongoing effort to diversify their roster, which has since seen the introduction of Kamala Khan as Ms Marvel, Carol Danvers' promotion to Captain Marvel, Sam Wilson taking up the Captain America mantle, and Jane Foster becoming Thor.

While many were hoping the character would serve as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on Spider-Man, that role went to Peter Parker again, and Miles is not expected to appear within the setting for quite some time... well, at least not as Spider-Man. His uncle Aaron, however, does does appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming (played by Donald Glover note ) and makes mention of having a nephew. Miles is referred to by name in a deleted scene.

Regardless of his status in the MCU, Miles will make his big-screen debut in a 2018 Sony animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, voiced there by Shameik Moore (The Get Down).

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: After his mom's death, Miles shreds his costume, quits the Ultimates, and spends a year living as a normal human, rebuking Spider-Woman's efforts to give him a replacement costume and wanting nothing more to do with super heroics. Probably subverted on the "Ten Minute" part of 10-Minute Retirement, since he successfully spent more time retired than he actually spent being Spider-Man. On the other hand, it was still only one issue.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Spider-Men II revealed that Miles's 616 self was a friend and former ally of The Kingpin's.
  • Age Lift: Spider-Men II also revealed that Earth-616's Miles was already an adult when Fisk first became the Kingpin, making him older than Peter.
  • Alternate Self: In the Spider-Gwen series Gwen comes across a possible future version of herself who's married to Miles Morales and has kids.
  • Always Someone Better: Zig-zagged. Sans one prophetic dream, Miles's Spider-Sense is vastly outclassed by Peter's; while Miles's registers as a slight buzz and only in imminent danger, Peter's was so potent and all-encompassing that he found it to be annoying on some occasions. Peter also seems to possess a bit more strength than can be explained by the two's size difference (at fifteen, Peter wasn't that much larger than a thirteen-year-old Miles) and boasts more I.Q. points (while Miles is gifted in his own right, Peter has traditionally been one of Marvel's greatest minds, and has been acknowledged by the likes of Reed Richards and Hank Pym). However, while Peter had the advantage in intellect and most of the base spider powers, Miles had two extra powers (camouflage and venom blasts) that Peter never displayed an aptitude for, which helps even out the playing field.
  • Approval of God: In-universe, the presence of a new Spider-Man was initially resisted because it was considered insulting to the death of Peter Parker. But, eventually, he got all the required blessings to continue being Spider-Man: from aunt May, Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, from Jessica Drew (remember, a female clone of Peter), from an adult Peter Parker from an alternate universe, and even from Ultimate Peter Parker himself, who was not really dead after all.
  • Arch-Enemy: Has had a few in his (relatively) short run as a hero. In the Ultimate Marvel universe, his Uncle Aaron (as The Prowler) would qualify for the first half of his run, with The Roxxon Brain Trust serving in the final few arcs. In the 616-Verse, it would be the Black Cat.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Averted and possibly inverted. He didn't seem to know much about Spider-Man before he got his powers. Even then, the only things he saw worth mentioning were the parts where Spidey was beaten up and thrown around.
  • Bad Liar: When both he and Ganke are confronted with anything remotely Spider-Man related, they go into a routine which makes it really apparent that they are hiding something. It has cost them a roommate and gained them suspicion from their resident assistant. In the Prime Marvel Universe, this has persisted.
  • Berserk Button: Miles does not like anyone bringing up his mother, especially after she was killed in the Ultimate Universe.
  • Big Bad: Out of all of the enemies he's faced thus far Black Cat seems to be at the top of his list. Spider-Man #234 introduces a new contender: Ultimate Aaron Davis!
  • Blue Oni: Thematically, to Peter. Where Peter was hot-headed and a bit of a spazz in addition to being courageous and outspoken in his values, Miles is fearful, worrisome, and more terse and to the point when dealing with villains and disaster.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Miles is at odds with keeping his identity a secret from loved ones that could be affected by his actions. It makes him uncomfortable that he has to lie to his girlfriend; eventually he gives in and prepares to tell her. Then bad things happen.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Jumps to Earth-616 with his third ongoing, along with his family (including his revived mother), Ganke, Judge, and Bombshell (plus their respective families).
    • Spider-Men II features the debut of the Earth-616 incarnation of Miles, who is a former ally of the Kingpin's. The series ends with Miles-616 going to the restored Earth-1610.
  • Character Tic: He has an amusing habit of using his Venom Strike by poking his foe with two fingers. Particularly when it gets dramatic action shots which make it look like he's about land a blow before switching to a delicate two fingered Venom poke at the last second.
  • Chaste Hero: He's surprised by Ganke's sudden interest in the opposite sex. Miles is only 13, of course, an age where chastity isn't entirely uncommon. However, he starts dating Kate Bishop after the 1-year Time Skip following his mother's death. Averted in the new Marvel universe — where he's around 17, one of the first scenes is him being yelled at for being late to a date, and it's not long afterwards that he gains a big crush on Spider-Gwen and then finds a new girlfriend, a classmate named Barbara.
  • Chick Magnet: Miles' dad seems to think his son is this when they go out to eat at a Chinese place after the one year time skip following the death of Miles's mother and Gwen Stacy instantly recognizes him, even though (or perhaps because) Miles has a girlfriend at this point.
  • Child Prodigy: He's a gifted student, at any rate, but it's the more realistic kind (compared to, say, young Mr. Fantastic).
  • Child Soldier: He was one, during the "Divided We Fall" Civil War II event. No one likes it, but Miles is really good on the battlefield. Captain America knew firsthand just how effective a superhero he was, and Miles convinced him that he couldn't overlook an asset like that during wartime.
  • Civvie Spandex: He often wears his backpack over his suit when he's moving about town, though he stashes it before he actually does any crimefighting.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Although Spider-Man has a long tradition in this trope (practically the trope codifier for comic books) Miles seems to be bringing this back to the series with force. It's a bit of subversion however when you consider that Miles is trying to emulate Peter because he thinks that Peter is the Ideal Hero or the ideal Spider-Man.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above stunning someone and then hitting them when they're down. The whole concept of his Venom Strike and invisibility powers lends itself to this, as he frequently begins and ends battles by hopping up to enemies and letting loose, and he has no problem sneaking up to enemies and clocking them from behind.
    • His approach to defeating the Rhino is to make his suit self-destruct explosively while he's still inside it. He gets the idea to do so when he remembers how the last time he did that the resulting explosion killed his uncle.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In addition to getting all of the original Spider-Man's powers (to varying degrees), Miles has "Spider-Camouflage", allowing him and his clothes to instantly blend into his surroundings to render him nearly invisible to the naked eye and his bio-electric Venom Blasts that can fry machinery, incapacitate people, and (at its highest settings) wreck entire buildings.
  • Constantly Curious: He gets curious in the middle of pitched battles. Electro trying to fry him didn't even put a damper on it.
  • Continuity Snarl: Miles Morales lives in the prime earth after Secret Wars and the destruction of the Ultimate universe, as well as his family. In The Unbelievable Gwenpool, it was explained that he does not remember any of that, that he simply thinks that he has always lived there, which prevents the audience from pointing the lack of angst about all of it. But then, in Spider-Men II, he talks as if he did remember those things.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Miles is all over this trope, similar to Miguel O'Hara (Spidey 2099)—most of his tropes seen here are inversions of Peter's in some way.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Averted. Unlike Peter, who was set apart by his tragedies, Miles is a little bit more relatable to the audience because he actually has parents who are still involved in his life (at first). See also Reconstruction below.
  • Cowardly Lion: Miles gets frightened easily and tends to worry or focus on the negative. Nevertheless, when he's needed, he'll jump right into the superheroics, if only to vomit his guts out in terror afterwards.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His costume is mostly black (bearing some resemblance to the Symbiote costume) with red as the secondary color, but is also one of the good guys.
  • Dating Catwoman: With Diamondback, the commander of the Skulls. During an all-out battle, Miles and Diamondback were snarking at each other and having a conversation (Miles was not flirting and was trying to carry on the fight, while Diamondback didn't seem to be taking the fight seriously) with a compromising position to boot during their fight. After SWAT reinforcements show up, Diamondback gave Miles a kiss for his trouble.
    • His relationship with Katie Bishop definitely ended up in this category.
    • Back to Diamondback, Miles is well aware that she is a threat and does not show her mercy or any preferential treatment especially since Diamondback executed his teammate's boyfriend.
  • David vs. Goliath: Playing David, obviously, to Goliath in most his fights: the Kangaroo, Omega Red,the Scorpion and even Blackheart.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More deadpan than Peter, but he's not as much of a motor mouth.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: When the Jean Grey from All-New X-Men drops in on the Ultimate Universe, Miles realizes that she's from the universe where Peter Parker didn't die and says it in front of her. When she questions "Who?", he quickly backpedals and begs not to have his mind read.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Although it took tremendous effort on his behalf, this kid once fended off Blackheart, after the latter had slapped the entire Avengers roster silly. Remember that Toxin got beaten to death in a gutter by Blackheart, and he was (at the time) stronger than Venom and Carnage combined.
  • Dork Knight: Arguably more so than Peter.
  • Eat Me: When Venom swallows him, Miles uses his Venom Strike to pull a Chest Burster.
  • Electric Black Guy: As an African American Spider-Man, he notably has the Venom Strike/Venom Blast as his Signature Move, which he uses to certain electrical effects on top of its normal uses.
  • The Fettered: The mainstream and Ultimate versions of Peter Parker have to consciously hold back or risk killing people outright. Miles, however, instinctively holds back, allowing himself to be thrown around by unprepared Badass Normals, for example. This is best seen in an early fight with the Kangaroo, where he takes hits up to and including a car to the face unfazed, and yet could barely damage Kangaroo without his Venom Strike.
  • Genre Blind: Poor Miles doesn't get how desensitized most New Yorkers are to superheroes.
    • His and Ganke's dicking their roommate Judge around with their secrets can only end in disaster, but none of them take the time to make better excuses or come up with believable lies to explain their behavior, causing Judge to easily figure out Miles' secret identity, though Miles was lucky that Judge kept that secret.
    • When Miles suggests revealing his secret identity to Kate Bishop in the Ultimate Universe, Ganke immediately tells him that it is a bad idea and even cites Peter Parker of the Amazing universe. When Miles says that he is retired and is no longer Spider-Man, Ganke immediately retorts that it is impossible for him to retire and insists that Miles is on a break.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Miles has gone ahead and read up on most of Peter's exploits and foes, so he has a good idea of what to expect when he fights supervillains, old and new. Mostly about how batshit insane he can expect some of their costumes/themes to be.
    • When Peter Parker suddenly returns, his first instinct is "clone."
  • Healing Factor: Like Peter, he can recover from injuries faster than a normal human.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment:
    • After the first battle with Green Goblin, Miles realized that the Green Goblin was especially susceptible to the Venom Blast. The Green Goblin comes back for round 2 and thinks he is going to wreck havoc and repeat the "killing of Spider-Man" part deux. Miles has other ideas.
    Miles: Get them out of here! I have this.
    Peter: No! This is my fight.
    Miles: They [Aunt May, Gwen Stacy, and Mary Jane] are your responsibility. I got this.
    • Miles proceeds to beat the ever loving shit out of the Green Goblin, the one character who every time he's appeared has made shit get real. Miles wrecks Goblin's shit simply by exploiting Green Goblin's weakness to his Venom Strike. He even throws Mary Jane's couch at the Goblin.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • In true Spider-Man fashion. First it was him replacing Peter as the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe that set Jonah off. Then, accidentally killing his Uncle has him being labeled as a murderer. It is later revealed that Miles did not kill his uncle, it was Prowler's damaged technology that blew up and killed him. While Miles and Ganke are very happy about this, Miles realizes that the rest of the world does not know that detail.
    • Averted after becoming a member of the Ultimates and J. Jonah Jameson's efforts to leave the poor kid alone, though being part of the Ultimates hasn't stopped police officers from shooting at him during his fight with Venom, or prevented him from being blamed for the injury Venom gave Jefferson. The police legitimately like him and only shoot at him because it is not the first time that an impostor put on the outfit and committed crimes. They only differentiate from the real and fakes by the webs.
    • Played with in the new Marvel Universe. He gets held up at gunpoint by a police officer in the first volume, but the Avengers tell them off. However, when he later gets kidnapped by Hammerhead, one person mentions that they called the police to report it but they just didn't care.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Rio Morales is killed in the Ultimate Universe, Miles tears his costume to pieces chanting "No more!" and retires from the superhero scene for a year.
  • He's Back: At the end of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man v2 #25 he resumes the identity of Spider-Man after a one-year hiatus.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He barely knows what he's doing, to start with. When testing his powers, he realizes that he's still very susceptible to vertigo and high altitude winds as he clings to the outside of one of the top floors of a skyscraper/apartment complex.
    • His first attempts at using Peter's web-launchers are similarly disastrous, though he seems to get it on only the third try.
  • Hypocrite: In his crossover with Spider-Gwen, Miles says they can't go to Peter or Jessica for help because adults end up fighting each other, clearly referencing Civil War II, the thing is Peter and Jessica ultimately opted to stay out of it before the fighting even started while Miles didn't.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The main reason why Miles decides to become Spidey in the Ultimate Universe is because he feels partly responsible for Peter's death since he wasn't there to help him. This trope is played even straighter with the death of his mother, though she is eventually resurrected.
  • Imagine Spotting: When the Spider-Man from Ultimate Spider-Man suddenly turns into a Super-Deformed version of himself in a hippy costume upon arriving in the world of Spider-Man (1967), Miles is taken aback and Peter sheepishly admits he has an overactive imagination.
  • Innocent Prodigy: At first, before the requisite superhero tragedies strike.
  • Invisibility: Well, technically camouflage, but it amounts to the same thing.
  • It's Personal:
    • When one of the Inheritors drops in on the Ultimate Universe, Miles tells her this because she just wrecked his mom's grave.
    • When he clashes with Agent Venom during Civil War II, Miles tells Flash that it's Nothing Personal before frying him with a Venom Strike. Considering that the Ultimate version of Venom killed his mother and they were arguing over which of them was most-disrespecting Peter's legacy, it's obvious that it was very personal.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Let's face it, being Spider-Man, while good for city morale and such, has been a burden on him. His greatest fear was that being Spider-Man would harm his family. It took the relationship he had with his Uncle and turned it into a hostile one that led to him being killed, and had Venom show up on his doorstep, which ended with his mother killed in the crossfire.
  • Kid Hero: He was 13 years old when he started out—two years younger than Peter when he got his powers—and he's a lot smaller. When incarcerated by The Ultimates, Nick Fury instinctively holds his hand while escorting him around the premises. Even a year later, Miles is still outed as relatively young even when he is in costume. Following the events of Secret Wars, he's aged up to 17.
  • The Lancer: Miles Morales has the most talent of the new team, but his nature and overall reluctance in actually being a superhero keeps him from being the leader.
  • Legacy Character: More so than most, as he took over Ultimate Peter Parker's mantle of Spider-Man largely out of guilt over not using his powers to save him.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In Venom Vol. 4 #2, Miles introduces himself to Eddie Brock by kicking him in the back of the head, thinking he's responsible for the giant symbiote dragon rampaging through Manhattan.
  • Like Brother and Sister: How Miles regards Bombshell post-Secret Wars.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted. Miles is a bit upset that his dad hates Spider-Man because his dad isn't too trusting of mutants after what happened in Ultimatum. Mom is a fan, however.
  • Make-Out Kids: While the reader has yet to see it, Miles and Kate have been stated to not keep their lips off of each other. It got to the point that the Academy called their parents.
    Jefferson: I get a call from school, they catch you guys mackin' on each other every five minutes.
    Miles: Mackin'?
    Jefferson: You know what mackin' is.
  • Meaningful Name: Miles means "Soldier" in Latin (hence the trope name Miles Gloriosus) and is traditionally a name for warriors or fighters. Miles began his career during an American Civil War and decided that the best way to be the hero the world needed him to be would be by joining the Ultimates.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Apparently, Jefferson and Rio thought their son was gay and was also an item with Ganke. Even his girlfriend thought this. Miles is not too pleased.
  • Motor Mouth: He has a habit of spouting walls of text in between panels, usually indicating less than a second going by.
  • Mythology Gag: Miles retains a number of characteristics from other Spider-characters:
    • He wore his web-launchers outside his suit like Ben Reilly and May Parker when he first got them.
    • His Venom Strike is similar to Jessica Drew's bio-electric shock.
    • He relies on his reflexes more than his Spider-Sense, similarly to how Miguel O'Hara's (Spidey 2099) "Spider-Sense" is just super-human reflexes and intuition.
    • Whether by accident or design, his suit heavily resembles May Parker's Spider-Girl suit, except with the red and black inverted along the mask and chest note 
    • If you want to stretch, his being a dual-minority with many of Pete's characteristics inverted calls to mind Miguel's cultural heritage and character traits contrasting Peter Parker's.
  • Nerves of Steel: The very first time he does anything in costume, he gets surprised, beaten up, and thrown around by a villain a lot bigger than him. While Miles is still amateurish regarding heroics, he never once loses his composure (keeping in mind that Miles almost always avoids confrontation and is in general a timid mess). His reaction to being completely immobilized and surrounded by hostile cops? To sit down and take a load off. In addition to that Miles is virtually immune to pain, as he consistently takes massive blows before popping right back up to fight again.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While the conditions of why he retired are completely understandable, taking a year long break in New York undid a lot of what Peter had accomplished. Due to the Ultimate Universe having a shortage of super heroes, and the ones who were around having difficulty getting involved without being restricted, Miles inadvertently allowed Hydra to grow uncontested, on top of which he also could have ceased Roxxon's expansion that coincided with Hydra, as we see in the All-New Ultimates.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
    • In his first adventure in the mainstream Marvel universe, a demon has defeated the Avengers and caused a lot of chaos and destruction. Miles takes Captain America's shield, and eventually manages to make the demon flee. Victory! And then, Parker shows up, and finds all the chaos and destruction, no demon in sight, the Avengers all unconcious and defeated, and Miles in the middle of it all, with Captain America's shield. What the Hell, Hero?
    • Miles goes to the Triskelion at Iron Man's request during Civil War II, despite Bombshell insisting that it wasn't his fight, believing that he can help change the tide and do something good. It ends up with him being arrested for a potential vision of him murdering Captain America.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Defied by Miles. After his Uncle Aaron the new Iron Spider knocks him out and kidnaps him, he wakes up to him preparing them both breakfast for dinner. He quickly leaves without a second thought especially since he's confused why his uncle was still alive.
  • Nom de Mom: He has his mom's last name instead of his dad's.
  • Not So Stoic: Miles is good-humored and eternally soft-spoken, but the Prowler is eventually able to incite him to anger, at which time Miles is borderline deranged with fury.
  • Oh, Crap!: Miles has just defeated a true demon from hell and saved the Avengers, but now he will face an even more terrible threat: as his school grades are so low, his grandmother is here to straighten him out! "Face it Tigre, you're about to get a big ol' kick in the culo!"
  • The Paralyzer: Another new power, stunning or knocking enemies out by touch (it also sends Lego flying). It is quickly shown to be both versatile and universally effectivenote . It can be conducted along and through almost any surface, including skin, clothes, spider-webs, or layers of those. It will also cause advanced machinery to explode. The shock is time delayed by a few seconds, allowing for some comedy. Some characters, like Taskmaster, 616-Peter Parker and the Peter Parker supposedly back from the dead have shown that they can shrug it off in seconds, but it still hurts them. Curiously, it affects Norman Osborn so much it could be considered a Kryptonite Factor.
  • Parental Abandonment: Post-Cataclysm, Miles' dad disappeared, so he's staying with Ganke. He later comes back.
  • Personality Powers: He's withdrawn and timid, complemented by a camouflage ability.
  • Pint Sized Power House: He's absolutely tiny. Peter was already probably one of the more petite superheroes in the area, and Miles is even smaller than that. It's especially evident when he fights one of the Giant Women and ends up uppercutting her unconscious.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: His reaction when he finds out that his grandmother hired a private investigator to follow him.
  • Reconstruction: Of The Paragon and Legacy Character, and possibly a more thorough one than the Spider-Man series intended it to be. Unlike Peter, Miles dons the suit because he feels like it is his fault that Peter, someone he has never met and wasn't ever close to, died — while Peter dons the suit because his father figure was killed indirectly because of him. Miles wasn't motivated by dead parents or a tragic past, he was inspired by Peter's example to do something selfless. Miles is an example of how a superhero can do good by becoming a symbol, and not just by punching villains in the face. To further separate him from Peter, it is important to note that Miles's life was perfectly normal before taking up the mantle which contrasts both versions of the 616 Universe and Ultimate. As soon as he became Spider-Man there was an almost immediate shift in how the world became to him. His Uncle, who was previously cordial and cool to him, became selfish and manipulative. His dad's bigotry probably wouldn't have bothered him so much if Miles didn't have powers himself. The one and only sole consistent source of confidence that he had was his mother and then she died because Venom was looking for the new Spider-Man so it could be said that he indirectly caused his mom's death. It is as if to show that Miles' theme as Spider-Man asks one question: Why, on Earth, would anybody want to be Spider-Man?
  • Refused the Call: Miles was adamant about not becoming a superhero in the Ultimate Universe after gaining powers. And then Peter died. His mom's death leads him to refuse the call again only to come back to assist Jessica to stop Roxxon and seeing how without a Spider-Man, lots of people get hurt and no one is accounted for.
  • Reluctant Hero: To contrast with Ultimate Peter, Miles was reluctant to be a super hero even when he gained his powers. Even after saving a little girl and a woman from a burning building, he immediately ran away and threw up. It took Peter's death to take action because he felt responsible for not reaching out to Spider-Man when he got his powers. Even with support from other superheroes, he still did not want to be Spider-Man because he had no clue what was going on. Then his mother was killed by Venom and he went in retirement and forewent any superhero activity for a year.
  • Secret Identity:
    • Miles is supposed to have one, but he is horrible at keeping it a secret. And he's called out on it repeatedly.
    • In the Ultimate Universe, Roxxon made it clear that he found out his identity in a matter of days. He told Kate Bishop and Hydra learned of it.
    • In the Prime Marvel Universe, Jessica Jones explains that she found out two hours after following him on his grandmother's behalf. Along with finding out who he's close enough to to share his secret, information that in the hands of a villain would put his friends in danger. She sternly admonishes Miles that if he's going to have a Secret Identity he needs to be a lot more careful about it.
  • Series Continuity Error: Two in Spider-Man #14. First, Gwen doesn't know Noir Spidey...despite being in the same Web Warriors team as him. Second, Miles and Gwen and in an alternate universe where their version are older and married depite Gwen herself bitched in Web-Warriors that her world is the only one where she's actually still alive.
  • Shock and Awe: When Miles is put under enough physical stress (like torture), he is capable of releasing a Venom Strike via his entire body, wiping out a city block's worth of electronics and setting the earth itself on fire. Unfortunately, he hasn't learned to fully control this particular aspect of his powers yet.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He delivers a pretty epic speech to Norman Osborn as he completely curb-stomps him:
    Miles: I have to give you credit, Osborn... I've studied you, I've heard all the stories. But until you get a front-row seat, you really can't appreciate your pioneering work in villainous monologuing as the Mayor of Crazy Town. I mean, it's a little all over the place for my taste... but you really are the — The Beatles of that sound you make when you rub your finger over your lips.
    The Green Goblin: I WILL TEACH YOU RESPECT!
  • The So-Called Coward: Miles is no coward. He is just passive aggressive.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Had his father not changed his name, he would be named Miles Davis.
    • In issue #14 of Spider-Man, he and Spider-Woman end up visiting Metropolis during a trip through the Multiverse.
  • Spider-Sense: According to Bendis, Miles' Spider-Sense is weaker than Peter's, registering only as a buzz. He might have, however, had a prophetic dream, which the mainline Peter Parker also had as part of his version of the Spider-Sense, and his evil-clone Kaine had as part of his amplified Spider-Sense.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In Marvel NOW! (2016), a cover for Spider-Man shows him and Spider-Gwen kissing. The previews magazine uses the common playground rhyme: Miles and Gwen sitting in a tree... K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Sounds like the teen spider heroes are starting a romance, right? How is that possible though, when they exist in different universes?
    • He even says this in the #12 issue starting his arc with Gwen. "My future wife. Or my future girlfriend. My future something."
  • Story-Breaker Power: In full honesty, Miles' Venom Touch and Venom Blast are way more powerful than the average street-level hero would require. It doesn't matter if the opponent is an Energy Being, a Hulk-level bruiser, or even an eldritch demon spawned by Mephisto himself, Miles' powers will leave their mark. It's implied in that last case that demonic biology is for some reason especially vulnerable to the Venom Blast. The few times opponents have withstood the Venom Blast, Miles has gotten his butt kicked.
  • Superpower Lottery: Out of all of the Ultimate Universe's heroes, Miles won. He has all of Peter's powers plus a few more besides.
  • Super Toughness: Getting smashed through walls and glass does nothing to him. The only thing that even fazes him is Scorpion punching him really hard in the face, and that just makes him dizzy. The Rhino gores him at full speed, sending him from the Lincoln tunnel to the ocean, and all that happens is Miles gets wet. The Green Goblin sets him on fire and Doctor Doom tortures him... and Miles shrugs it off.
  • Super Speed: He's a lot faster than Peter, and can outrun the medieval Goblin in a millisecond.
  • Super Strength: According to Bendis, about the same as Peter's, although Miles is smaller than Peter and probably can't put quite as much weight behind his punches. This changes a bit after the Time Skip, as he's grown about a foot and filled out to boot. When Norman Osborn comes calling, Miles is able to punch him hard enough to draw blood. He later beats the ever-loving piss out of a fully-powered Green Goblin with seeming ease and single-handedly mops the floor with a warehouse full of super-powered HYDRA agents and Doctor Doom.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Claims to have this following his mother's murder, but Spider-Woman doesn't buy it.
  • The Unmasking: Miles reveals his secret identity while trying to save his father during Cataclysm because it was the only way that his dad would comply with Spider-Man.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Word of God notes that Peter was a much more polished fighter, while Miles is a bit clumsier and awkward. However, his extra powers make ending fights so much easier.
  • Walking Spoiler: For those not up to speed on Ultimate Peter's death.
  • Wall Crawl: He can walk on walls. Kinda comes with the territory of being Spider-man.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Half the people who see him think he's the original Spider-Man while the more cynical onlookers just think his suit is "in bad taste". Spider-Woman agrees. Vehemently. Miles encounters less hostility as time goes on, though His dad is not pleased to find out that he is Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe, but later calms down.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: His Venom Strike has never failed so far.
  • White Sheep: His Uncle Aaron is also the Prowler, and his father was once a crook as well.