When Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment brokered a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the questions were, “Which Spider-Man?” In the beginning, there seemed to be some rumors that Marvel would be hiring a person of color to bring the web-crawler to the big screen. Fans were excited by the prospect of the Miles Morales’ Ultimate Spider-Man finally making his live action debut.
Eventually, we found out that it would be another reboot of the Peter Parker version. While Tom Holland was cast in the role for the MCU, Sony is moving ahead on an animated feature starring the Miles Morales version. However, it turns out that the MCU is hinting Miles Morales exists in the live action shared universe.
Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming below!
During the casting of Spider-Man, some fans wanted Donald Glover to play Miles Morales in the live-action film. Partly because he voiced the character the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Even though it turned out that Marvel Studios wanted to hire a teenager to play Peter Parker, eventually Glover was cast in the film.
His part has remained largely a secret until it was revealed recently that he will be playing Prowler. While he is a character that appeared in the main Marvel Comics 616 universe, his Ultimate counterpart Aaron Davis turns out to be Miles Morales’ uncle. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Glover’s character refers to his nephew.
Even though the Prowler’s nephew isn’t named, it definitely points to Miles Morales existing in the MCU. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked by Screen Crush whether that confirms Miles exists in the MCU. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that. But anything that’s happened in the books is potential material for us. In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony’s making. But where we go … we definitely want you to go, ‘He’s there. He’s there somewhere.'”
Even though Glover wasn’t cast as Morales, it is amazing to see that Marvel had enough foresight to cast him as his uncle. Not only that, but at least laying some possible groundwork for the future of the MCU.
With all of the Phase 1 actors’ contracts coming to a close, I’ve always been more of a fan of characters passing on their mantles rather than having them be recast. Hopefully, Marvel sees it that way, as well, and is hoping to keep Spider-Man in the MCU for a long time, in one incarnation or another.