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"...'A hero's just someone who doesn't give up.' Your dad said that. He was right. Now, it's your turn. Go be a hero, Miles."

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a Wide-Open Sandbox Superhero Action-Adventure video game, developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment under the PlayStation Studios imprint for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020, just in time for the launch of the latter system. It serves as a Spin-Off to Marvel's Spider-Man.

As the title suggests, the game follows Miles Morales after the death of his father, police officer Jefferson Davis. When he wasn't busy saving New York as Spider-Man, Peter Parker helped Miles adjust to life without a dad, remembering the experience he faced after the death of Uncle Ben. This ultimately put Miles on the front lines when helping contain the Devil's Breath contagion as Spider-Man fought the Sinister Six, and as a result of a mutated spider making direct contact with him inside the community center where he was working, Miles gained spider-powers of his own.


After the coast was clear once again, Peter and Miles learned each other's secrets, and the older hero eventually agreed to help train his younger counterpart so he could get into the swing of becoming the second Spider-Man. However, not long after his training begins, Miles comes across a threat that he has to deal with on his own: a group of tech-based criminals have targeted a major energy corporation, and it's tearing Harlem apart. Miles takes it upon himself to stop the havoc before it completely devastates the part of New York that he calls home.

Insomniac has noted that the title is not a full sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man, but is instead a stand-alone expansion closer in size and scope to Naughty Dog's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy compared to the other Uncharted titles. As such, the narrative is focused more on expanding Miles' place in the setting rather than following up on Peter's story, which is being followed up in Marvel's Spider-Man 2, set to release in 2023. (Peter does, however, factor into Miles' story in this game.) The Ultimate Edition of Miles Morales also comes bundled with a PS5 remaster of the original game.


Previews: Announcement Trailer, Gameplay Demo, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Suit Announcement.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The Rhino is generally treated as a B-level supervillain, bordering on C in the comics. With the increased intelligence from the previous game, this one is an unstoppable brute that can easily take two Spider-Men on at once. He actually defeats Spider-Man in a one-on-one fight, which he's almost never done and is only defeated by Miles due to the latter developing his Venom Blast.
    • Likewise, the comic book Tinkerer is an elderly man who makes weapons for other supervillains, rarely getting his own hands dirty. Compare this to the game's very different version of the character, who is not only younger (and a black woman), but fights on the frontlines with her tech.
  • Adult Fear: This game has quite a few of them, especially given the fact that Miles is a minor.
    • That your home may be bought out from under you and torn to shreds for real estate development by people you can't afford to fight.
    • That a corporation is negligent in its safety practices and could give you as well as those you love cancer.
    • Uncle Aaron finds himself completely cut out of the lives of his family and there's nothing he can do to reconcile with them.
    • Miles and Aaron's relationship where you can't stop a younger relative from putting themselves in a dangerous situation.
  • All for Nothing: Discussed during the final battle. Krieger points out to the Tinkerer that even if her plan had worked properly and destroyed only Roxxon Plaza (rather than threatening to destroy all of Harlem), it wouldn't have actually accomplished anything; Krieger himself is safely hiding out in a bunker and won't die in the blast, and the fallout from the plan could easily be spun for for good publicity. Eventually, Krieger does get his comeuppance four weeks later, just like the Tinkerer wanted, but the vigilante inventor had nothing to do with it.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Like in the previous game, several of Miles' suits are purely there for cosmetic flavor and offer no additional suit mods, such as the "Uptown Pride" suit, a gold-trimmed version of his classic suit he gets as a gift for completing all of the Friendly Neighborhood side missions.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Subverted. Despite smear campaigns by Jameson and Roxxon, Harlem welcomes its new Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and calls out Roxxon when it turns on him. In the finale, several of the townsfolk catch a glimpse of Miles' unmasked face, but refuse to tell the news any of it, simply referring to him as "our Spider-Man" when they ask who he is.
  • Artistic License – Geography: The game mostly reuses the same map as the first game, as such it shares many of the first game's idiosyncrasies.
    • The game is set on Manhattan Island, and the broad geography (i.e. the Empire State Building is in the correct general area, as is Ellis Island) is accurate, but it makes numerous changes, while throwing in some additions (i.e. The Raft, Fisk and Oscorp buildings, Avengers Tower, Sanctum Sanctorum):
    • The buildings are proportionally much smaller and more compressed than the real things and some of the streets are much wider, probably due to accommodating street battles and other gameplay events. The map ends with Harlem rather than going further uptown all the way to Washington Heights. Likewise, within the city the geography is shortened by omitting non-landmark blocks — for instance, one block is marked 15th Street, while the next one is 23rd, skipping everything from 16th to 22nd.
    • The game features an elevated railway which disappeared in Manhattan in The '50s. Its inclusion here is an homage to Spider-Man 2 and not reality.
    • The game does feature a number of real-life New York architectural landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building, but many real locations are under copyright and need license for reproduction, necessitating a few tweaks. For instance, the Freedom Tower is altered and unnamed within the game. In addition, a number of other iconic and significant New York landmarks are missing from the game (most notably the giant Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is replaced with some fictitious museum) while Marvel stand-ins substitute for others. For instance, Trump Tower isn't where it's supposed to be, but the Rand Building is standing there.
    • In a diversion from the original, the Chrysler Building is no longer present, likely due to licensing issue as the real building has changed ownership in-between the two games.
  • Artistic License – Politics: Rio's City Council race is kind of odd. It's referred to as a special election, which explains why it's being held in December around Christmas time. But media coverage explicitly refers to Rio's campaign against "the incumbent" (who is never named), and special elections only occur when there's a vacancy in a city office. There's also no mention of party affiliation for any candidate (presumably everyone involved is a Democrat, considering the overwhelmingly Democratic tint of New York City in general and Harlem in particular).
  • Art Shift:
    • The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Suit Announcement trailer shows that one of Miles' costumes is his suit from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is not only as cartoonishly-stylized as it is in the film, it's (thanks to a suit mod) even animated "on twos" like in the film. This gives Miles in that suit an appearance of running at a lower frame rate (although a player can turn this off if they want).
    • Similarly, there's a suit Miles can wear based off his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Downplayed; the whole of the game is set during the holiday season, with Manhattan covered in snow and festive decorations everywhere, but the story starts on Christmas Eve and most of the plot occurs after the holiday itself.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The opening of the game sees Peter and Miles going toe-to-toe with the recently-escaped Rhino, during which Peter gets pretty badly banged up. It seems that this is going to be where Peter meets his end in a manner similar to his Ultimate and Spider-Verse counterparts, but in a fortunate twist of events he survives, with Miles managing to take out Rhino before he can finish the job.
    • The game makes you think that Peter's gift to Miles before he leaves for Europe would be his signature black and red suit which he wears for the rest of the game. However, it's revealed to be a more simplified version of Peter's own suit as well as an upgraded version of Miles' Halloween Spider-Man suit from his first appearance in Ultimate Marvel.
  • Be Yourself: It happens to be the name of the Platinum trophy, and the ultimate Central Theme of the game. The entire story is about Miles coming to terms with being Spider-Man, as well as his own man who isn't just "another Peter Parker" as a superhero.
  • Big Applesauce: The story takes place entirely in New York, with a special focus on Harlem, where Miles moves to after the events of the first game. In it, Miles runs into everything from ridiculously well-armed private security forces, the shady and equally well-armed Underground, and some of Spider-Man's familiar rogues like Rhino.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Morales family can speak Spanish. Rio in particular peppers her speech with Spanish sentences, owing to her Puerto Rican ancestry.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Simon Krieger seems like a nice and understanding guy, if overly enthusiastic, when he first meets Peter and Miles after they defeat Rhino, telling them his private security will take care of turning Rhino over to the cops and that they don't have to worry about the damages Rhino did to Roxxon's power plant. He is actually a ruthless and sociopathic Corrupt Corporate Executive who is working to churn out a clean energy source that is really horrifically toxic, murdered Rick Mason for trying to stop him, hires Rhino as an enforcer rather than turning over to the authorities, and is perfectly willing to torture Miles to force information out of Phin.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Phin is dead, Aaron is going to prison (albeit with a reduced sentence for his cooperation), Harry Osborn and Venom are awake against Curt Connors' advice, and Miles has learned some harsh lessons about what life as a superhero is like. But Harlem is safe, Simon Krieger is exposed as a criminal, Miles and his uncle are on their way to some true reconciliation, and Miles is truly becoming a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as himself.
  • Bookends:
    • When Miles first develops his signature suit, he's shown running up a skyscraper. Phin carries him up the same way to get him high enough to safely release the devastating amounts of energy he absorbed from the Nuform reactor.
    • The game begins and ends with Miles and Peter teaming up and web-slinging after a police vehicle, and with one of the Spider-Men drinking a coffee while upside down before declaring "Go time". At the start of the game, it's Peter. At the end it's Miles, symbolizing how he's grown into his role as Spider-Man.
    • In the beginning, when we first get to see Miles' home life, it starts with him having just moved into Harlem and being unsure about the neighborhood even though his mother grew up there, if not annoyed that they left their old home behind. At the very end, after the player completes the scavenger hunt Rio assembled for Miles out of messages from Jefferson, which took him all over the city to places important to Miles and his father, you will end up right back in the same neighborhood park that — by that point — you and Miles will have saved many times over, surrounded by the people who have accepted him. The last line of dialogue Miles has — potentially in the entire game, unless the player didn't do the side missions — will be him realizing his mother was right, and that the neighborhood is beautiful.
    • One of the first things Miles does after getting off the subway in Harlem is talk to a guy painting a Spider-Man mural about the possibility of him putting the other Spider-Man on it. In the final story cutscene, you can see that they did indeed decide to make that change after the events of the game.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Ganke looking for cleaning materials in Miles' apartment.
    Ganke: Bleached borax... borax with bleach... boraxed bleach. Hey, do you guys have any regular bleach bleach?
  • Brick Joke: During the prologue, Miles asks Peter how he can drink coffee while hanging upside-down. Peter responds "very, very carefully." Later, while designing the Classic Suit, Miles attempts the same thing, and ends up choking and spilling his drink everywhere. In the ending, Miles manages to pull this off.
  • Buffy Speak: When an EMT asks for help finding his stolen car, Miles asks if he has the key fob.
    EMT: You mean the beep boop unlock thing?
  • Bullying a Dragon: While admittedly no slouch himself, Rhino decides it's a great idea to taunt the Tinkerer about her brother's death mere seconds after he just got beaten up by her and Miles. The Tinkerer stabs him for his troubles, and Rhino only survives because Miles pushes away the Tinkerer before she can finish the job.
  • Call-Back:
    • While facing off against Rhino alone in the generator room, Miles, knowing full well the guy has no idea who he is, teases him by remarking that the whole pursuit through the city has felt sort of like a wild goose chase. Bewildered and furious, Rhino can only shout, "I HATE CHASE OF GOOSE!" Similarly, the trophy for defeating Rhino the second time is called "Exploding Bulldozer".
    • The side mission where Miles tracks goods stole from local Harlem businesses leads him back to the same docks where he encountered Rhino in the previous game. If you discover the Underground Cache, which is located in one of the crates he hid in, Miles will make note of this.
    • Immediately after Miles puts on the new costume, a new Just the Facts with JJJ episode queues up, because all of Peter's spider-suits are tuned to Jameson's feed. Not as much of a masochist as Peter, Miles tunes it to "something better" a few seconds in.
    • The Underground is hiding out in Wilson Fisk's now-abandoned office building, the same one that Peter infiltrated in the Batman Cold Open of the first game. It is also mentioned that they've acquired a lot of their resources and territory by picking off the remnants of Mister Negative's Demons gang.
    • While trying to escape Roxxon Tower, Miles finds a computer with three unidentified faces. Two of them are identified as the Black Cat, who went straight(-ish), and Tombstone, who was taken out.
  • Call-Forward: During a flashback to Miles and Phin attempting to see their exhibit in the science museum, Miles bumps into Peter Parker and Otto Octavius, visiting the museum before Octavius's descent into villainy.
  • The Cameo: During a late game flashback to the Science Expo at OsCorp that Miles and Phin participated in, Miles has a run in with Peter and Otto Octavius. The Flashback takes place about a year or two before the events of the first game so this was when Peter was still working as a Lab Assistant for Otto. If you listen to their conversation you can pick up that one of the exhibits is what gives Otto the inspiration to design his Prosthetics Octopus Limbs.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Miles and Phin's old science project that got into the OsCorp museum. It turns out to be a key component in Phin/Tinkerer's plan to blow up Roxxon Plaza.
    • Miles discovers pretty early on that he can absorb bioelectrical energy and explosively release it in a massive Venom Strike. Guess how he stops the Nuform reactor from melting down in the finale?
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rhino seems to serve no role other than being the Starter Villain Peter and Miles take on during the Batman Cold Open. Then he turns up again by ambushing Miles at Trinity Church right as he's about to potentially talk Tinkerer down, having become Simon Krieger's new Psycho for Hire.
  • Clothing Damage: The trailer shows Miles' spider-suit disintegrating as he uses the full power of his Venom Strike. This actually happens in the ending, as Miles absorbs the power of the Nuform reactor to prevent it from destroying Harlem.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Simon Krieger has his goons torture Miles with shock batons to try and press Tinkerer into revealing where the Nuform canister she stole is. It backfires horribly, as Miles' powers allow him to simply absorb the electrical energy from the baton strikes and unleash a massively overcharged Venom Strike on the unlucky Mooks.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Miles has all of Peter's powers, super-strength, durability, agility, wall-crawling, plus a few of his own, like the ability to absorb and emit electricity and the ability to turn invisible.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Where Doctor Octopus became so consumed by his vendetta that he didn't care about the innocent people who would be killed by the virus so long as he destroyed Norman Osborn, Phin Mason ultimately accepts Miles' pleas that innocent people will die in her plan and sacrifices herself to stop the unintended consequences of her sabotage.
    • The motivations for Roxxon are distressingly mundane. They've developed an unsafe product and are continuing to market it because they have already invested too much money in its promotion. It's a far cry from the Revenge scheme of Doctor Octopus and Mr. Negative in the first game, along with Norman Osborn trying to save Harry from his disease.
  • Continuity Nod: Gloria, the homeless woman Peter rescued and directed to find help at F.E.A.S.T. in a minor side quest at the beginning of the first game, had gotten her life back together by the post-game. And if you spoke to her, she mentioned she'd been made manager at F.E.A.S.T. due to how she helped during the Devil Breath's crisis. Come this game, she can be found managing F.E.A.S.T.'s Harlem branch, looking much better and has a girlfriend to boot.
  • Creator Cameo: While Miles steers Rhino through a mall at the beginning of the game, Rhino uses Insomniac Games's logo as a handhold when he jumps from one side of the mall to another. This happens around the same time as Miles asks him if he has any non-destructive hobbies.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Players who jump into this after Spider-Man (PS4) might get slightly frustrated when they try to activate moves like the Spin Cycle or the Point Boost, unaware that you need to accomplish certain side missions in order to unlock them. They might also run into similar problems when they web up a brute expecting to Web Throw them only to stagger them instead. On the flip side, they might forget that Miles has access to Venom moves and invisibility, thus giving Miles more effective options for crowd control and stealth respectively.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • If Miles fails to save the baby in the mall while riding Rhino's back, Peter will swoop in and move the baby carriage out of the way.
    • The dialogue of the phone call between Miles and Uncle Aaron, while the former travels to the Braithwaite Bridge explosion, is dependent on whether or not Miles interacts with Aaron before Rio's campaign rally.
    • In the final battle, if Miles even happens to be outside the battle arena, Tinkerer will pull him back with a grapple hook to stop him from taking the Nuform.
    • When Miles wears one of the suits with a helmet instead of a mask, the characters' hands will change to be holding it, or going to grip it instead of holding the mask in cutscenes. The suits with hoods also have them pulled down during cutscenes where he takes off his mask.
    • When Ganke talks about getting in touch with Hailey, ordinarily, Ganke will ask how Miles' ASL is. But if Miles spoke to her before the rally, Ganke will note that he's met her before and omit his question.
    • If Miles meets up with Hailey during the final Kingpin mission before doing the "Can I Get a Photo?" request, Hailey's dialogue changes; she mentions that she has a friend that would like to take a picture with Spider-Man.
  • Die or Fly: Miles discovers his Camouflage power just in time to escape when a Roxxon squad is about to shoot him.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Miles plays slightly differently than Peter does. His basic kicks and punches feel less powerful than Peter Parker's. He is more countered by enemies with weapons or shield who have an easier time parrying him than similar enemies did Peter. However his Venom strikes give him super moves to make up for that. Miles also uses far less gadgets than Peter does, in particular not having any of Peter's other web-based gadgets than the basic web-shooters. Miles' camouflage gives him a greater edge in stealth over Peter. This extends to web-slinging: Miles movements are more erratic and varied than Peter's, who are more graceful, as befitting him being more experienced at this.
    • Also, from a character's animation standpoint, Miles wildly flings himself through the air when web-slinging and has a little wobble when landing on a ledge, while Peter is controlled in the air and smooth on the landings, directly contrasting the newest Spider-Man with the experienced one.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The end to the scene of the bridge collapse. Roxxon security mooks hold Miles at gunpoint to the protest of those he saved and one of them even takes out her phone threatening to record their actions, which one of the mooks reacts to with much hostility.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Throughout the game, Miles lies about where he is to cover up his superhero activities while calling his mom to avoid worrying her. By the end of the game, he admits that he was at least a little worried that she'd hate him if she found out he'd been lying to her about being Spider-Man. Rio quickly dispels this notion, as while she's shocked to learn that her son is the new Spider-Man, she tells him that she'll always love him and that she only wants him to be safe.
  • Dual Boss: Peter's final training challenge for Miles is a fight against a hologram Vulture, and then two hologram Vultures at once.
  • Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: Peter calls from Symkaria following the destruction of Braithwaite Bridge, saying he saw the news but since it was in Symkarian he wasn't sure if a bridge got destroyed or "a bagel got fumigated."
  • Evil vs. Evil: The main thrust of the plot is a war breaking out between the Underground (a high-tech criminal army) and Roxxon (a ruthless Mega-Corp), with Spider-Man caught in the middle.
    • And it's implied that the Underground fought the Demons to obtain their gear.
  • Failure Hero: Miles really screws up bad several times during the game. Accidentally releasing the Rhino, accidentally destroying the Brooklyn Bridge, and destroying all of Phin's evidence against Roxxon. It's only through his reaching out to Phin and Aaron emotionally that he actually achieves any of his main goals.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: One of Miles' grounded stealth takedowns has him merely giving the enemy a Venom-powered tap on the shoulder. The enemy turns around, realizes it's Spider-Man, tries to punch him, and then gets paralyzed and falls over before they can.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: A flashback reveals that Miles literally ran into Peter at a science exhibit a few years before the first game.
  • For Your Own Good: The Prowler kidnaps and locks Miles behind a laser forcefield so he won't risk his life trying to stop Roxxon and the Tinkerer from killing each other and taking Harlem with them. Miles quickly breaks out, prompting a boss battle with his uncle.
  • Funny Background Event: In the prologue, while Miles is taking care of Raft thugs, Peter is nearby trying to subdue Rhino and can be heard mocking him with Spider-Man's usual quips. Miles is just taken away by his mentor's almost-perfect banters while holding off a group of escaped inmates.
  • Fun with Subtitles: At the beginning of the game, the subtitles call Peter by his superhero name of "Spider-Man" and Miles, even when he's in his Spider-Man suit, by his civilian name. This stays true up until after the first mission, when Peter cedes the role of "New York's only Spider-Man" to Miles while he's abroad helping Mary Jane. The moment Miles puts his mask back on and excitedly says "I'm New York's only Spider-Man!", the subtitles start calling him "Spider-Man" and Peter by his civilian name whenever he calls Miles.
  • Gender Flip: The Tinkerer is traditionally a man named Phineas Mason. This incarnation is a young woman named Phin Mason.
  • Ham and Cheese: Invoked with Peter's final Spider-Training Challenge of a holographic Vulture boss fight, where Peter takes it upon himself to do a ridiculously over-the-top impression of Adrian and roast the old guy, just to make it more fun for Miles. And then, Vulture gets a "brother".
    "Vulture": I'm old! I'm old and I hate youth! Get off my lawn! Early-bird specials! Casual racism that it's not worth it to challenge me on!
    Miles: (laughing) Too real!
    "Vulture" #1: Hey, Vulture 2, when should you buy a bird?
    "Vulture" #2: When it's going CHEEP! HA!
    Miles: (Delighted) I've been WAITING for the bird puns to come out!
  • Invisibility: As demonstrated by the trailer, Miles makes use of Spider-Camouflage to get the drop on his enemies.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Phin/Tinkerer nearly killing a defeated Rhino in cold blood, with the only thing saving Rhino being Miles' interference. Was it unnecessary and wrong? Maybe. But after all the destruction Rhino causes throughout the game and the way he actively taunted Phin about her brother's death, it's honestly hard to feel bad for him.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Phin says this of her and Miles, Ship Sinking any relationship or would if not for the fact that he's already found out she's the Tinkerer. Oh and that she hates him for lying to her in order to infiltrate the Underground.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: The Underground is shown to have taken down both the remnants of the Inner Demons and the Maggia, establishing themselves as a bigger threat.
  • Mission Control: Ganke serves as this to Miles throughout the game, giving tech support and advice over his phone.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Several to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
      • The very first shot of the trailer has Miles hit a glass window with a Venom Blast, which seems to be modeled after the "leap of faith" shot in the movie. It even has Peter giving him a Rousing Speech similar to the one from the same film.
      • One of Miles' falling animations is him facing towards the camera, putting his hands behind his head, and lying back as he falls to the ground the same way he does at the end of Into the Spider-Verse in the shot that changes to him falling back in his bed under his narration. Goes extremely well with the suit from that movie too.
      • Miles' "first" Spider suit is a hand-me-down from Peter while Miles wears a hoodie over it, much like Miles' outfit when he does the leap of faith in the movie.
      • After he's defeated in his boss battle, Aaron Davis/Prowler admits to Miles "I let you down."
      • Miles' tendency to fall upside down as he free falls is all a reference to the leap of faith scene again.
      • The way Spider-Man stops the Tinkerer from killing him - revealing his identity to her right before she delivers the killing blow. - is the same way he stopped Prowler from killing him in the movie.
      • Holo Peter even outright says the line in one of the training exercises.
        Holo Peter: Sometimes, you gotta take a leap of faith.
      • When Miles is surprised that Rio still intends to campaign after what happened at her rally, she tells him "Our family doesn't give up", which mirrors her telling him "Our family doesn't run from things" in the film.
      • The NYPD is instead referred to as the PDNY, as it is in Miles' dimension in the film.
    • The gameplay demo in the Sept. 16 showcase has Miles trying to hold a bridge together with his webs in his hands similar to Peter trying to hold a boat together in Homecoming.
      • Another reference to Homecoming: Miles' menu bio for Ganke gives him the alias "Guy in the Chair," which is how Ned referred to himself.
    • The Animated Series Suit is a slight nod to Miles' voice actor, who also voices him in Marvel's Spider-Man.
    • Peter's suit for Miles is an upgraded version of Miles' first Spider-Man suit from Ultimate Spider-Man, which he almost immediately ditched for being in "bad taste" after Ultimate Peter's death in the comics.
    • Miles has the comic Spider-Man debuted in, Amazing Fantasy #15, atop a pile of comics in his bedroom.
    • The time capsules Miles can find are chockfull of little easter eggs. These include:
      • A flag emblazoned with a panther emblem from the time Miles and Phin went to see the Wakandan Design Group for a class trip. Miles credits this experience with getting Phin into engineering in the first place.
      • A pair of ID badges from Project Pegasus, an advanced S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility from the comics.
      • A 3D-printed model of the hypothetical element that Phin suggested Thor's hammer Mjolnir is composed of.
      • A miniature of a proposed lunar transport that is actually D-list Spider-Man villain Big Wheel's trademark vehicle from the comics.
      • A pair of tickets from a concert featuring Dazzler and Lila Cheney of the X-Men.
    • One of the accounts that comments on Miles' social media is JamesonInSpace, a nod to John Jameson, J. Jonah's son who is an astronaut.
    • The eyes on the Great Responsibility suit are very similar to the eyes on the suit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
    • The Playable Epilogue sees Miles suggest Peter take up teaching when Peter expresses the need to find a new job, which was his job during JMS' Spider-Man.
    • Jameson, aghast at there now being two Spider-Men, wonders where it'll lead, and mentions Spider-Woman and Spider-Pig.
    • When some of Harlem's residents sees Miles' face after the climactic battle, one of them comments, "He's so young." This is possibly a nod to Spider-Man 2, where Peter is seen without his mask while unconscious and one of his onlookers comments on how young he is.
    • After Miles' aforementioned fight with the Tinkerer, the shots of Miles recovering are near 1:1 recreations of the shots where Peter runs towards the crane from The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While Miles is excited to be Spider-Man and helps fix messes across New York, his overexcited personality and recklessness accidentally causes half of those messes:
    • Miles and Peter's attempt to monitor a transfer of escaped prisoners being taken back to the Raft goes wrong when Miles' actions accidentally result in some of the prisoners escaping, including the Rhino.
    • When Miles tries to intercept the Underground's attack on a Roxxon truck transporting Nuform cannisters, the energies of his Venom Blast destabilize the Nuform and cause an explosion that seriously damages the bridge. As it turns out, however, thanks to Miles' bio-electricity causing the Nuform canisters to explode, Roxxon requires the very last one Phin stole from the bridge in the first place to reverse engineer the project, which is why they're trying to hunt both vigilantes down.
    • Miles accidentally destroys Phin's cellphone along with all of the evidence she'd compiled against Roxxon.
    • Even though she did no better, Phin understandably calls Miles out for his constant screw-ups to prove Roxxon's illegal doings, feeling betrayed for said screw-ups, and overestimating his own abilities that cost most of the evidence against Roxxon.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia: Unlike the PS4 version of the first game, it appears that Miles will keep whatever suit on during cutscenes where he's without his mask if you switch from suits that are meant from those cutscenes, even in the PS4 version.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Roxxon has no idea how to make more Nuform following its inventor's death. They want their stolen supply of Nuform back so they can reverse engineer more of it. Justified as it's implied Rick destroyed his research when he turned on Roxxon.
  • Nostalgia Level: At one point, Miles infiltrates Fisk Tower, and the layout is very similar to the opening level in the previous game. Humorously Fisk's main office has been made into the HQ of the Underground and they've even hacked into his security feed of when he was mocking Peter during the opening levels of the first game, have defaced his image via photoshop.
  • One Steve Limit: Two notable subversions for the game:
    • Both Miles and Peter use the alias Spider-Man, while some cases have Miles take up a different alias to separate the two. People refer to them collectively as the "Spider-Men", and interchangeably use Spider-Man even if they talk about both characters in the same conversation.
    • The second is Played for Laughs. One of the Friendly Neighborhood side missions has Miles try to rescue a cat named Spider-Man. His owner, a bodega owner named Teo, refers to Miles as "Other Spider-Man", but Miles finds it more amusing than anything.
  • Power Incontinence: Miles' suffering this with his bio-electricity causes about 90% of the problems in the game.
  • Powered Armor: Several of Miles' unlockable suits are high-tech armor.
  • Protagonist Title: Miles is the main character of this game, as it is one of his first outings as Spider-Man. Peter even skips town after the opening mission, putting the focus of saving Manhattan squarely on Miles.
  • Put on a Bus: Downplayed. Peter leaves on a trip to Europe at the start and is thus physically absent for most of the game, but he makes semi-regular calls to check up on Miles throughout the story, preventing him from being completely absent.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Phin ultimately sacrifices her life to fly Miles up into the sky so his Nuform-powered super Venom Strike won't devastate Harlem.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: Rick Mason is the older brother of Phin Mason/Tinkerer — who is the male Phineas Mason in the comics, and Rick's father.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Roxxon Energy in the regular Marvel-616 continuity was primarily an enemy to Iron Man (before moving on to Thor and The Hulk) and was a general enemy to everyone in the Ultimate continuity before focusing on Miles exclusively towards the end of the Ultimate Comics run. This game establishes Roxxon squarely as a nemesis for Miles, threatening not just him, but his entire neighborhood.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Even before the reveal of the nature of Nuform, Roxxon's move into Harlem sparks a lot of in game discussion on their negative impact on the neighborhood. Rio Morales is even basing her campaign platform on this issue. This is a clear reference to the real world gentrification issue in which businesses start to buy out property and land, attracting more "affluent" populations to move into these neighborhoods while the impoverished get pushed out and displaced. It's all the more relevant as in real life, Harlem has been having gentrification issues over the past years continuing until now, as affluent landowners expand towards Manhattan's north.
  • Save the Villain: After being enraged by taunts about her late brother, Phin comes dangerously close to killing Rhino before Miles pushes her out of the way. Truth be told, Miles was actually trying to save Phin from murdering a defeated/restrained villain in cold-blood just because he was egging her on, which only angered her even more to beat her best friend to a pulp and renounce him as her family.
  • Secret Keeper: Miles gets his identity exposed as Spider-Man when he's brought home beaten up in his suit, and he has to explain that he's Spider-Man to his mom since she's at home. In the game's ending, Miles falls to the ground without his mask on, seen by several citizens of Harlem, but none of the residents who see Miles' face expose him to the news media.
  • Sequel Escalation: In terms of the swinging animations and air tricks. Miles shares a few with Peter from the past game, but overall, he's far more dynamic in his movements, and has a deeper pool of tricks you can perform while swinging (or diving!) Insomniac even worked on the transitions between tricks and swinging, having multiple different animations for Miles depending on what trick you were performing before swinging out of it.
  • Ship Tease: Miles has plenty with Hailey, a deaf street artist.
  • Shock and Awe: Miles has his bioelectric Venom Blasts, which are strong enough to vaporize his suit if fully unleashed.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: The developers’ research presented Latino culture in New York (Harlem especially) extremely well. They also got Puerto Rican diaspora down to a T (Miles’s parents are African-American and Puerto Rican), especially during the Christmas dinner scene when Miles looks for his dad’s record, turning this into an unintentional (but awesome) crash course on Afro-Latino people and culture.
  • Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Miles and Uncle Aaron engage in a battle of philosophies near the end of the story; Aaron will beat his nephew into submission if it means he won't risk his life fighting impossible battles, while Miles refuses to run from his responsibilities.
    Aaron: You don't realize, I'm the only one trying to save you!
    Miles: And I'm trying to save everyone else.
  • Space Compression: Manhattan in game is a scaled down version. Several neighborhoods are either missing, or rolled into adjoining ones. The north of the map basically ends midway through Harlem, explaining why the Apollo Theatre is missing, along with neighborhoods like Washington Heights, Sugar Hill and Hudson Heights. On a more general level, almost all buildings are actually slightly scaled down. It's most visible when Spider-Man is wall climbing and he's almost as big as entire stories. Several buildings have smaller footprints than they should have.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
  • The Stinger: Norman Osborn has hired Curt Connors to help treat Harry's terminal condition with the Venom symbiote... and they're getting ready to wake him up...
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: A huge number of Roxxon's problems stem from their unwillingness to just cut their losses with Nuform. They've spent a huge amount of money developing it, even though it's toxic, and are going to build a "clean energy" reactor in Harlem regardless of whether it kills people or not. This despite an underground resistance of teen criminals and Spider-Man becoming a problem.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Peter set up high tech challenges for Miles on rooftops. Unlike most games, people do notice the high tech equipment, and several criminals attempt to steal it.
    • Discussed during the Final Boss fight that even if Phin/The Tinkerer's plan succeeded the way she wanted it to and only destroyed Roxxon Plaza and not all of Harlem, it would be All for Nothing. Simon Krieger points out that the plaza is already insured for damages, and being the victim of a terrorist attack would get them a nice payout. On top of that, Simon isn't even physically present for the final fight, so Phin can't even get her vengeance on him.
      • Unfortunately for Simon, it ends up subverted four weeks later, since the Prowler has close personal knowledge of all the crimes committed along with evidence and admits to everything that Simon did, resulting in him getting arrested.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • As part of the promotion for the release of the game, Marvel Comics started releasing Variant Covers of the game's story for the Amazing Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man comics. One of these covers happened to feature The Prowler. Prowler was also later heavily featured in the Launch Trailer the week of the game's release.
    • The opening shot of Miles' Venom blast obliterating his suit comes from the very climax, where he's shutting down the reactor and absorbing its power.
  • Toxic Phlebotinum: Nuform, the supposedly clean energy source that Roxxon is trying to install in New York, is actually incredibly toxic and can render people terminally ill with only minimal exposure. Rick Mason and his team all became sick as a result of working on it, but Simon Krieger didn't care enough to spend the money necessary to make Nuform legitimately safe, covering up its toxicity by murdering Rick and concealing his research.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Miles uses his Venom Blast for the first time when enraged at seeing Rhino beat the crap out of Peter. Later, Miles discovers his invisibility powers when he is being framed by Roxxon for the bridge's destruction, which he uses to escape.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • The Tinkerer is, ultimately, just trying to avenge the senseless death of her beloved brother and his team. Unfortunately, rather than trying to prove Krieger's guilt to the authorities, she wants violent revenge in the form of destroying the Roxxon headquarters, and is willing to do things like supplying criminal gangs and brutalize her best friend to accomplish her goals. Also, it should be noted that while the Tinkerer is well intentioned, the Underground as a whole is just a would-be mob organization that is following the Tinkerer's agenda in exchange for weapons.
    • Aaron Davis/The Prowler ends up selling out Miles to Roxxon. Not because he is evil or greedy, but because he is terrified of the thought of his nephew dying in the crossfire of Tinkerer and Krieger's Evil vs. Evil war, and thinks this is the only way to get him out of said crossfire. Unfortunately, Roxxon is not planning to hold up their end of the bargain.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Rhino is neither seen nor mentioned again after Phin nearly kills him.
  • Wide-Open Sandbox: As showcased in the initial trailer, the Manhattan map from the previous game makes a return in even higher resolution.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Like in the first game, some New-York specific landmarks and institutions are renamed to avoid copyright. The NYPD is now the PDNY. The Metropolitan Museum of Art becomes the Manhattan Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • The Worf Effect: The opening battle with the Rhino has Spider-Man (Peter Parker) beaten and left half-dead before Miles must intervene to save him. Miles proceeds then to discover his Venom blast and defeat the Rhino by himself.
  • X-Ray Sparks: At the end of the game, Miles absorbs all of the energy from the overloading Nuform reactor. The process is extremely painful for him, and he's so full of energy that you can see his organs as energy crackles along his skin.

Miles Morales: Okay... Let's do this.

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