Why Miles Morales Might Not Be The Answer…Yet


With the excitement of Sony agreeing to let Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the call for Miles Morales to be in the next cinematic Spider-Man have returned with a fervor. I would love somehow someway Marvel and Sony decided that this would be the way to go.  I love Spider-Man and I love Peter Parker but that story has been told and retold on the big screen twice already. It feels weird to me that we’ve gone from “We’re never going to see Spider-Man done right on the big screen” to having third incarnation of Peter Parker in 13 years or so.

By going with Miles, they can have an origin story that feels somewhat fresh. Without having Uncle Ben tell Peter “with great power comes great responsibility” (or imply it…ugh), Miles learns this lesson on his own (or if they are so inclined from other people in Parker’s life like Aunt May or Mary Jane). Miles would be the youngest hero in the MCU by mile which would provide yet another new perspective on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The problem is Miles doesn’t have a nemesis. When Miles Morales was introduced, his only foil was his uncle (who turned out to be the Ultimate incarnation of The Prowler) who figured out he was Spider-Man and used it to help him fight The Scorpion. Then the book became mired in an Ultimate Comics crossover. Brian Michael Bendis (creator of Miles Morales and writer of every Ultimate Spider-Man issue he’s appeared in) spent more time with Peter Parker’s friends and family (Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane and May Parker all know who he is and have supported him) than establishing Miles’ world (he has a best friend and now a girlfriend). He’s been around since 2011 but it still feels like he’s just getting started.

If they bring him to the big screen, I guess he could fight some of the Parker’s old enemies (Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, The Sandman) as he’s done in the book but it wouldn’t be the same. Every time Miles has confronted one of Parker’s old enemies, it usually went like this:

  • Villain: “You’re not the real Spider-Man”
  • Miles: “Yes, I am.”
  • Initial defeat
  • Crisis on conscience
  • Rematch
  • Villain: “You’re not the real Spider-Man.”
  • Miles (as he’s about to defeat the villain): “Yes I AM!” (or some quippy version of that).

The only villain he has a real connection with is Norman Osborn (since it was an Oscorp Spider that gave him power) but do we want to go down the Osborn well again?


Maybe Marvel should give Parker one more film and then lead into Miles Morales just so they can establish how big the shoes are that he is seeking to fill. Currently there isn’t anything in his books to sustain more than one film and Marvel isn’t in the single film business (Unless you’re Ant-Man.  Sorry Paul Rudd). Marvel Films has already shown that they don’t need to draw specifically from the comics but this needs to be more than just Miles Morales in place of Peter Parker.

I would love if Miles Morales came to the big screen.  It would bring me one step closer to my dream of my son being Spider-Man for Halloween.

On a separate note, there probably won’t be time for Marvel and Sony to cast a Spider-Man so he can make a cameo in the post-credit teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  What they could do, however, is have the movie acknowledge Spider-Man is a part of the MCU by cutting to the offices of The Daily Bugle and showing an indignant J.J. Jameson played by a Academy Award Nominated Actor J.K. Simmons (there have been rumors to that effect). Yes, it would be strange for the first J.J. Jameson to show up in the third version of Spider-Man but he was just so damn good I think fans would be willing to overlook it.

This Week In Geek

  • Apparently George Lucas gave Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker a heads up about the new Star Wars trilogy (Vulture)
  • Joss Whedon endorsed Mitt Romney for president…sorta (Huffington Post)
  • Adult Swim has picked up an animated series by Dan Harmon (creator of Community) (Vulture)
  • Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Electro in the next Spider-Man film. No, seriously. (Variety)
  • It looks like Francis Lawrence will be directing the remaining films in The Hunger Games series. (Mary Sue)
  • It’s now official: Bryan Singer will be returning to the X-Men film franchise to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past (Deadline Hollywood Daily)
  • Guy Ritchie directed a trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 starring Robert Downey Jr. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Shondra Rhimes is going to produce a android sci-fi thriller for ABC. Indie bands rejoice everyone for more licensing opportunities. (Deadine Hollywood Daily)
  • Captain America: The Winter Solider has officially cast Frank Grillo to play Crossbones (Variety)
  • So what is George Lucas going to do with all that Disney money? (The Mary Sue)
  • The Ghostbusters sequel has been delayed…again. (Vulture)
  • This repurposed video by Disney is going to give Star Wars geeks nightmares.
  • The new Muppets movie is going to star Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds). (Bleeding Cool)
  • I really hope this rumor about Guillermo Del Toro working on a DC film is true. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Community finally has a season premiere date.  I can’t wait to see the Halloween and Christmas episodes in April. (EW)
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill started filming with some important roles still needing to be cast. (Splash Page)
  • Some cool Halloween costumes from Patton Oswalt and Neil Patrick Harris
  • New trailers for Despicable Me 2, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Red Band), John Dies At The End and G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Melanism’s 10 Favorite Superhero Movies

After watching Captain America: The First Avenger, my second thought1 after walking out of the movie was “Where does this rank amongst comic book movies?” Later that evening, I was inspired to try and rank all the superhero movies I’d seen. That task proved to be too daunting (mostly because I check quibbling with the order) but I didn’t want the idea to go to waste so here are my top 10.

To make it easier on myself, I’m only including movies based on comic books about superheroes (eliminating Road To Perdition, Unbreakable2 and The Incredibles).

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