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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).
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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 in the Ultimate universe and planned the Death of Ultimate Peter Parker as an event to specifically introduce his successor. Miles' first appearance was in Ultimate Fallout, a miniseries that provided a requiem for Peter's death, and then officially debuted 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 wasn't fame-obsessed and cocky when he started out. Rather he's confused and weirded out about his powers, especially because his father Jefferson was mutant-phobic (at the time) and disliked costumed heroes. Peter's death drives him into action where Miles on seeing the death of The Heart of Ultimate Marvel, comes away believing that had he been on the scene and active, Peter might well have survived the day. In effect, Peter Parker becomes Uncle Ben to Miles, inspiring him to uphold his legacy and spirit. In addition Miles is younger than Peter when he started out in both the Ultimate and 616 continuity. He was still in grade school when bitten by his own genetically-modified spider. Where Peter had only Aunt May as his family, Miles lives with his parents and has many relatives. He's also on the whole far less neurotic than either classic or ultimate Peter. In addition, he has some powers that Peter didn't have, with extra abilities like Spider-Camouflage, venom blasts but at the same not being as fast and agile as he is. Fundamentally, Miles shares the main quality that Peter embodied, the archetype of the underdog hero, with his civilian mixed-race Hispanic and African-American identity, his more tactical and sneaky skillset, and his small frame transplanting and updating the original roots of Peter Parker as the teenage Working-Class Hero for a new generation.

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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. When the Ultimate Marvel line started winding up, owing to declining sales, Miles nonetheless remained in demand, getting his new ongoing title —Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man— and featuring on the All-New Ultimates team. When Ultimate Marvel ended in 2015 during the Secret Wars event, Miles was imported directly into the 616 Universe, in the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe that rose from the ashes of Secret Wars was perhaps Miles' official implementation into the altered Earth-616. Not only was Miles serving as New York City's official Spider-Man in his third ongoing title, Spider-Man, but he also joined the All-New, All-Different Avengers. He subsequently left to become a member of the new Champions. His co-creator and first writer Bendis left Marvel in 2018, ending a landmark run on the character, he finished it with Spider-Men II which resolved and tied up all loose ends about Miles Morales' future in the 616 (namely he's here to stay and he can't go back to Ultimate Marvel anymore). Shortly afterwards, Marvel announced Miles' fourth ongoing, Miles Morales: Spider Man, with Saladin Ahmed taking over as writer.

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Miles Morales is by a significant distance Spider-Man's most successful Legacy Character, achieving a level of fame, critical recognition, and a fan-following that eluded the likes of earlier cult-favorites such as Miguel O'Hara, Ben Reilly and Mayday Parker. He made his first appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon (where he's voiced by Donald Glover, Bendis' acknowledged inspiration and muse). He also appeared in the successor show Marvel's Spider-Man where in a wrinkle, he and Peter are both teenagers and class-mates. In 2018, he appeared in Spider-Man (PS4) where he's even playable in many sequences showing his pre-Spiderbite origins. In that same year, Miles made his big-screen debut in the Oscar-winning Sony animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, voiced there by Shameik Moore (The Get Down), where he's the star and main protagonist.

Miles is acclaimed for proving the success of diversity in mainstream comics, and is seen as 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.

In short, this kid's going places.


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Miles Morales provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Miles is biracial and replaced the Caucasian Peter Parker when he died. The concept gets played for some drama from Miles when a video blogger talks up on the fact there's finally a black Spider-Man and Miles doesn't want to be known as just the "black Spider-Man".
  • 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 noted to be a lot weaker than Peter's; as his registers as a buzzing in his head and only in imminent danger. 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), while in terms of speed, Miles is known to be the faster one between the two. Peter does boast more I.Q. points and is repeatedly shown having a genius level aptitude in various scientific fields while, Miles is more gifted in a grounded sense since it's been noted that he is a fast learner and could speak simple sentences at just over 1 year old, and was reading and writing by age 3 ½. However, while Peter has the advantage with his scientific intellect and most of the base spider powers thanks to having more years of experience in hero work, Miles has two extra powers (camouflage and his venom blast) that Peter lacks, 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 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. He has also been one of the protagonist of the —Spider-Geddon'' arc, and the arch enemies there are the Inheritors.
  • 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.
  • Atrocious Alias: According to All-New Ultimates, he does not like being called "Spidey".
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Miles became by and far away the most popular character of the Ultimate Marvel lineup, going so far as to get his own comic series as well as migrate into the main Marvel Universe after the events of Secret Wars II. He has since had starring roles in the Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man TV shows and a similarly important role in Spider-Man (PS4). He's also the protagonist of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • 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 to 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.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: The first issue of Saladin Ahmed's run reveals Miles' middle name is "Gonzalo".
  • 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.
  • The Heart: As much as Ultimate Peter was, only for both the Ultimate Marvel universe and the mainline 616 Universe where everyone from 616 Peter, Luke Cage, Tony Stark, and others see him as a sweet, kindhearted boy, who brings out the niceness in even the most reserved.
  • "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 BSoD: 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.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Easily the most popular and beloved character from the Ultimate Marvel line, he was introduced in the final years of that stable, well after Ultimatum, and the end of the Second volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. He has subsequently become more famous than the original (and still very popular) Ultimate Peter Parker.
  • I Got Bigger: He fills out and shoots up considerably during his one-year hiatus from being Spider-Man. He's later aged up to 17 and develops a gymnast-like physique compared to the wiry one he had as kid and is almost as tall as Captain America.
  • 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 All-New Ultimates, but his nature and overall reluctance in actually being a superhero keeps him from being the leader.
  • Legacy Character: 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.
  • Most Definitely Not Accompanying Us: There was a vision of the future in Civil War II where Miles kills Captain America. This vision got a whole new light when Cap revealed himself as a traitor loyal to Hydra, established himself as dictator of the US and launched the Secret Empire. Black Widow goes with Miles to a location where they may ambush and kill him; but then she locked him inside the truck and continued on her own. She said that Miles is not a killer, and wanted to prevent him from becoming one.
  • Motor Mouth: He has a habit of spouting walls of text in between panels, usually indicating less than a second going by.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the first issue of The Champions (2019) Miles is very angry about something. We find out at the end of issue #1 and the full #2: Ms. Marvel, Viv and loads of citizens were killed by Zzaax. Mephisto shows up, offers to roll back time so they can do it better, and for free: no souls taken, no blood oaths, no nothing. Miles accepts, but is later angry with himself for making a deal with devil
  • 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!"
  • Open Secret: He eventually lets both of his parents in on his superhero activities. Rio is more annoyed that he lied to her than anything and supports his efforts.
  • 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 Powerhouse: 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. Subverted after he gets a growth spurt, growing about a foot and filling out considerably to be comparable to 616-Peter in height and build.
  • 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 land in an alternate universe where their version are older and married depite Gwen herself bitching 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.
  • Shout-Out: In issue #14 of Spider-Man, he and Spider-Woman end up visiting Metropolis during a trip through the Multiverse.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Stealth Pun: Had Jefferson Morales not adopted his wife's surname to avoid association with his brother Aaron Davis, his son's name would have been Miles Davis.
  • 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 Reflexes: Like Peter, Miles possesses a Spider-Sense that warns him of danger and helps him dodge things as fast as bullets with ease.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Like most Spideys, Miles refuses to take a life. In Spider-Geddon, powered up with the Enigma Force, he's forced to kill the Inheritor Solus using Leopardon's Sword Vigor and he does not like it at all.
  • 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.
  • Young and in Charge: During the Spider-Geddon event while, Peter Parker of Earth 616 is busy taking on Morlun of the Inheritors in a 1-on-1 revenge match; Miles is put in charge of leading a team of Spider-Totems against the rest of Morlun's totem eating, dimension-hopping family. While not the youngest spider person on the team, it's still impressive for a 17-year-old to lead a room of some more experienced heroes, and considering who they're up against, Peter may have gotten the easier job of defeating just Morlun.
  • Yoyo Plot Point: Having an I Let Gwen Stacy Die moment and angsting; first was his uncle, then his mother, then his father, then in the 616 universe a flashback to one of his classmates dying during the skrull invasion.

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