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Why the MCU Needs Live-Action Miles Morales

It wasn’t necessarily the heroism of the web that made Miles Morales an instant fan favorite. If anything, we can’t help but love the youngster when he playfully sings Post Malone’s “Sunflower” throughout 2018. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While Marvel has yet to announce a live action of Miles Morales joining the mcuit’s something that will surely happen eventually, especially when there are, right now, many up-and-coming actors who should play it.

Shameik Moore made headlines for his voice acting performance as Miles Morales in In the spider verseand we are waiting impatiently for the two sequels, Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part One) and (Second part), which are slated for release in 2022 and 2023 respectively. In the original film, we follow as Miles enjoys being a teenager who hangs out with his friends and deals with his awkward crushes, all while managing to cope with his new reality as a web- sling. Miles’ portrayal is an all-new iteration of Spider-Man, while still retaining a certain level of goofiness so essential to the character. Here’s a closer look at why Miles’ screen presence needs to be taken to the next level with a live-action MCU movie.

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Miles Morales: Character Origins


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Miles Morales is an alternate version of Spider-Man created in 2011. He is introduced as a biracial teenager who develops superpowers similar to those of Peter Parker after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Although Peter had long since become synonymous with the character of Spider-Man by this time, Marvel fans took to Miles very well.

Even in the comics, Miles doesn’t look like what we typically think of as a Spider-Man superhero. In his universe, there was already a Spider-Man, since Peter Parker had already taken on the role. However, Peter ends up dying at the hands of a villain, leaving the town defenseless against all of its enemies now rampaging through the streets. When Miles is bitten by a spider and discovers he has similar powers to Peter, he takes over for himself and works to defend the city – just like any Spider-Man would.


Miles really gained popularity once Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been freed. The animated film introduced a new sensibility of all Spider Man movies, trying to emulate the drawing style of a comic book by bringing several Spider-Heroes to life. Even with all the other web-slingers around, Miles is still the main character, as the movie takes place in his universe, showing us his origin story and how he grows into the Spider-Man mantle.

Upcoming sequels, spin-offs of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


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Of course, as Miles becomes more and more popular, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t his only appearance outside of the comics. He appears in the series of video games for PS4, starting with Spider Man, for example. The series was later followed by a smaller in-between game, Spider-Man: Miles Moraleswith a full sequel in production.


Miles is also referenced in Spider-Man: No Coming Home, Believe it or not. Shortly after his defeat, Jamie Foxx’s Max is able to watch an unmasked Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man and comments that he was surprised that Spidey wasn’t black. He further commented that the way Spidey always helps the poor, he just assumed that under the mask was a black child. This is a direct reference to Miles and the character’s role as Spider-Man. Miles is also referenced earlier in the Back home trilogy. The first was in Spider-Man: Homecoming himself in a deleted scene, where Donald Glover’s character Aaron Davis refers to his nephew as “Miles”.

Beloved Character Confirmed To Return In Animated Form In Upcoming Sequel Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse and is due out on October 7. The first movie won an Oscar, so our expectations couldn’t be higher for future animated episodes – especially since we’re expecting a live-action turn from Miles.


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Breathing new life into a franchise reboot


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“I don’t want to be responsible for retaining the next youngster who is just as deserving,” Tom Holland told People Magazine. “I’d like to see a more diverse Spider-Man future – maybe you have a Spider-Gwen or a Spider-Woman. We’ve had three Spider-Man in a row; we’ve all been the same. That would be good to see something different.

Miles’ stories come closest to the spirit of Spider-Man’s origins in the 1960s. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s teenage hero began as the story of a low-income social outcast trying to make his way a path through the world and high school, while living up to the memory of his late uncle. His problems were small, but seemed monumental. The bad guys he faced were either blue-collar workers or enemies of the working class. And rarely could a team of superheroes or a billionaire benefactor save him.


In terms of the possibility of live action, last year a fan suggested Clickbait star Camaron Engels for the role of Spidey on Twitter, revealing he was actively trying to manifest him into reality. “Watched #clickbaitnetflix, really engrossing show,” the tweet read. “Super bingeable, I had a great time watching it. My biggest takeaway is that Camaron Engels would make a great Miles Morales.” Engels responded with appreciation, calling it one of his “dream roles”.

Space Jam: A New Legacy Star Cedric Joe also has his sights set on joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the actor stating his desire to portray Miles Morales’ first live-action. Having now attacked LeBron James on the court, Joe has set his sights on dressing up and taking on characters of the villain variety, and he’s paid close attention to the world of Spider Man.

Clearly, then, a fresh and diverse face for the Spider-Man franchise is a hot topic that should be seriously considered. And what better way to achieve a unique story than to take Miles’ journey to the next level. Your move, Marvel!


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