Miles Morales: The Man, The Spider (-man), The Game

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One of the biggest games to form part of the PlayStation 5's launch is Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. If your main experience of Spider-Man is via the movies or other games, you might be wondering 'who is Miles Morales?'. Read on and we'll tell you all about Miles and his importance to the Spider-Man universe so that you're ready to swing your way into the exciting world of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales fully equipped with everything you need to know. 

The lore behind Spider-Man comprises of many, many different comic books and movies, each with their own take and alternate universe on how things play out. We've tried to focus on the most general path so that it's less confusing for newcomers to the Spider-Man world.

Who Is Miles Morales?

Depending on the comic book series you're reading, Miles Morales is the 'latest' Spider-Man having inherited the mantle from the Ultimate Spider-Man's version, Peter Parker, after his death in 2011.

How Old Is Miles Morales?

Miles Morales is a 15-year-old teenager when he first adopts the Spider-Man persona. That makes him slightly younger than the Peter Parker we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and around 8-13 years younger than other versions of Spider-Man we've seen within comic books, games, and films over the years. 

Who Plays Miles Morales?

Miles Morales hasn't featured in any live-action movies or TV shows yet. He has featured in numerous animations, however.

Who Voices Miles Morales?

Miles Morales was the main character in Academy Award-winning animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He's voiced by Shameik Moore. Miles Morales also features in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man, where he's voiced by Donald Glover. 

A screen capture of Miles Morales in the Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales game
Marvel

In addition, Miles Morales also features in Marvel Super Hero Adventures and is voiced by Zac Siewert, and has appeared in the Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Nadji Jeter. 

How Tall Is Miles Morales?

Miles Morales is typically considered to be around 5 foot 2 inches in height according to Marvel, but has also been referred to as 5 foot 8 inches. That's shorter than the 5 foot 10 inches that Peter Parker is often regarded to be. 

How Did Miles Morales Become Part of the Spiderman Saga?

Miles Morales inherited the Spider-Man persona after Peter Parker's death but it's a little more complicated than that. Originally, Peter Parker befriended Miles after the sudden death of Morales's father, police officer, Jefferson Davis. He introduces him to the non-profit F.E.A.S.T shelter so he can work there as a volunteer. At the time, Miles has no idea that Peter is Spider-Man, despite the fact he idolizes the superhero.

Eventually gaining his own spider-like powers, he tells Peter what happened, and the pair bond over their similar abilities. 

After Parker's sudden death, Miles Morales takes over the Spider-Man legacy which is depicted in the comic book, Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4. 

Who Created Miles Morales?

The idea of Miles Morales was first discussed a few months before the November 2008 election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. At the time, Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Axel Alonso explained that it was important to create a character that would reflect what was developing in the world at that time. 

The actual character was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli. In interviews, Bendis explained that Morales's first appearance was heavily influenced by Donald Glover's appearance in Spider-Man pajamas in an episode of the TV comedy series, Community. Pichelli designed Spider-Man's new costume with Miles Morales donning a mostly black outfit with red webbing and a red spider logo to make him stand out from the Peter Parker style Spider-Man. 

What Race Is Miles Morales?

Miles Morales is an Afro-Latino teenager of Afro-Puerto Rican ancestry. His father is African American while his mother is Puerto Rican. 

At the time of his creation, Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee, approved the creation, citing that Morales would become a positive role model for children of color.

Is Miles Morales the First Person of Color To Become Spider-Man?

No, although he is the most famous example. Before Miles, Spider-Man 2099 was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi in 1992. A futuristic re-imagining of Spider-Man, his real identity was that of Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist based in New York and of half-Mexican descent, making him the first Latino character to have the Spider-Man identity. 

Besides appearing in numerous comic books, his character has appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors TV series, many Spider-Man video games, and was most recently voiced by Oscar Isaac in a post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

What Makes Miles Morales So Different From Previous Spider-Man Characters?

For years, many people have assumed that Spider-Man is always Peter Parker. Miles Morales is a significant change to a more diverse comic book universe. Offering a positive role model to children of color is one such way in which Miles Morales shakes things up, but he's also different from Peter Parker. While Peter was a little nerdy and shy, Miles is a much more well-rounded individual with friends and a traditional teenage experience alongside his responsibilities as a superhero.

He also has unique abilities that Peter Parker doesn't possess. Alongside the typical Spider-Man abilities like superhuman strength and speed, the ability to crawl on walls and the Spidey-Sense power, Miles Morales can use his web powers to camouflage himself, becoming invisible. He can also regenerate health faster and he has Bio-Electrokinesis powers so he can control the natural electricity of his body and turn it into a weapon to attack enemies. 

Miles Morales Seems Familiar but I Don't Read Comic Books. Where Do I Know Him From?

As mentioned, Miles Morales really came into the mainstream eye via the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. If you don't keep up with the Spider-Man comic books, this is almost certainly where you've seen him before. 

He's the main character in the movie and the animation also goes some way to explaining how there can be numerous different Spider-Man characters across many different alternate universes. It's the perfect introduction if you don't know much about Spider-Man but would like to learn more. 

What Shoes Does Miles Morales Wear in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?

Miles Morales might be a fictional character but thanks to his footwear being inspired by Nike AJ-1 shoes, Nike has developed sneakers specifically inspired by the character. Known as Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Origin Story", the sneakers are a high-top red and white pair of shoes with reflective textile and glossy accents so that they mimic the animations of the movie. 

Fairly exclusive by now, don't expect to be able to find a pair easily. However, if you do, you can feel like you're taking a small part of Miles Morales with you wherever you go.

What's Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (The Game) all about?

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a launch title for the PlayStation 5 as well as available for the PlayStation 4. It continues from where the original Marvel's Spider-Man concluded, following Miles Morales as he defends New York City from nefarious influences including the Roxxon Energy Corporation and a high-tech criminal army called the Underground which is led by supervillain, Tinkerer. 

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales was originally thought to be an expansion and enhancement to the previous game, but it's since been reported that this is more of a standalone title that people can play even if they haven't played the original game. It offers a new storyline with unique quests. 

The PlayStation 5 version also takes advantage of the new console's increased processing power, providing advanced haptic feedback, real-time ray tracing effects, and 3D spatial audio to ensure a more immersive experience.

It's also the ideal introduction to learning all about Miles Morales.