|“||A hero isn't the one who always wins. It's the one who always tries.||„|
|~ Miles on what a hero is.|
|“||Hey, you know, I don't think I was sent here to see how crappy your all-day is... I can get that at home... I think I was sent here to see how personal it all was. I didn't see how much pain was here. This is your pain. I felt it so powerfully, so personally, I made it mine, but it's yours. Spider-Man is yours. You're amazing to share it with me... you're amazing to let me prove myself to your high standard... but even that is just about how amazing you are. Not how much I deserve it. I guess I really never understood how personal it was.||„|
|~ Miles to Peter Parker.|
Spider-Man (real name Miles Gonzalo Morales) is a fictional comic book superhero, and the second Spider-Man of the Ultimate Marvel universe.
He was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, and first appeared in Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 in October of 2011.
Miles is a Black/Hispanic teenager who was bitten by another genetically-mutated spider, mutating his DNA and giving him spider-like superpowers, not unlike Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man. He is the main protagonist of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, retitled Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, following Peter Parker's death. After the second Secret Wars storyline, Miles now resides on Earth-616.
Powers and Abilities
Spider Physiology: Miles Morales gained the proportionate abilities of a spider after being bitten by a spider which had been genetically-modified with the Oz Formula. As a result, Miles possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, reflexes, venom blast and camouflage.
- Superhuman Strength: Miles possesses superhuman strength, capable of lifting at least 10 tons. His physical strength also extends into his legs, enabling him to be able to jump to a height of several stories in a single bound. He has to pull his punches and kicks, otherwise his blows would prove fatal to a normal human. Like Peter Parker, in times of great duress, he sometimes displays far greater feats of strength. During the events of Secret Empire, after watching Black Widow's murder, Miles shattered Captain America's shield with a single punch. Even though the shield was in no way as durable as Rogers' classic Vibranium shield, it was still extremely durable.
- Superhuman Speed: Miles possesses the proportionate speed of a spider, which allows him to run faster at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Man's advanced musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods of time before fatigue begins to impair him. At his peak, Spider-Man can physically exert himself for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him.
- Superhuman Durability: Miles' body is physically tougher and more resistant to some types of injury than the body of a normal human. His body is also more resistant to impact forces than most humans. He can withstand great impacts, such as being thrown through a plate-glass window, that would severely injure or kill a normal human.
- Superhuman Agility: Miles' agility, balance, flexibility and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of an Olympic-level gymnast.
- Superhuman Equilibrium: Spider-Man possesses the ability to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium in any position imaginable. He seems able to adjust his position by instinct, which enables him to balance himself on virtually any object, no matter how small or narrow.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about 20 times greater than those of an ordinary human. In combination with his spider-sense, the speed of his reflexes allows him to dodge almost any attack.
- Wall-Crawling: Miles can cling to any surface using just his fingertips and feet. The extent to how much pressure he can stick to walls is thus far unknown, except that he can handle lifting his own weight.
- Spider-Sense: When danger is present, Miles feels a buzzing sensation in his head as a sort of early warning system, allowing him to react accordingly. His Spider-Sense seems to be greatly enhanced compared to that of Peter Parker. One example occurs the night that Peter is killed; Miles dreamed that he, himself, was being attacked by Electro, when, at the same time, the real Electro was preparing to hunt and murder Peter Parker many miles away. This suggests that Miles' ability may be borderline precognitive, as opposed to only warning of immediate danger.
- Bio-Electrokinesis: Miles possesses control over the natural electricity his body produces. He is capable of utilizing it for offensive purposes.
- Venom Blast: Miles can temporarily paralyze his enemies or destroy technology by simply touching them with his hands. However, it seems that there are varying degrees to this ability as some opponents have been simply dazed where others have been completely incapacitated. It also seems more effective on people with genetic alterations, such as the Green Goblin and Venom. This power provides a great advantage as Miles can end a confrontation quickly with little collateral damage.
- Mega Venom Blast: His most recently discovered power. Miles displayed the ability to release powerful bursts of energy. After first using it, Miles is left exhausted. It's powerful enough to destroy much of the Hydra laboratory Miles was being held in. This ability can be triggered by extreme stress, or focus on Miles' part, as he consciously activated it in his escape from Black Cat.
- Venom Punch: Miles can enhance the power of his punches by infusing his fists with bio-electricity.
- Energy-Thread Generation: Miles can produce threads of bio-electricity from his hands. Said spinnerets carry the same tensile prehensility of his web fluid, allowing him to swing from place to place or yank and flail around his opponents. He can also sending a debilitating electric shock which disrupts their nervous systems like his venom blasts do.
- Spider-Camouflage: Miles, including his clothing, can blend into his surroundings, allowing him to sneak up on his enemies or, in some cases, flee from them. The resulting effect closely resembles that of invisibility.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Miles is able to regenerate his injuries at a much faster rate than normal humans can. This was first displayed when the original spider-bite that gave him powers turned from "huge and gross looking" to a dot within ten minutes.
- Immortality (allegedly): Norman Osborn mentioned that immortality is a side effect of the Oz formula, because Miles' body was altered by the Oz formula, he would also have such power in theory.
- Gifted Intellect: Miles was always a fast learner and gifted student. He could speak simple sentences at just over 1 year old, and was reading and writing by age 3 ½. He was able to mimic the original Spider-Man's fighting style by watching old online videos of his past battles to improve his own abilities as a hero. He utilized this same method in his fight with the Green Goblin, where he studied Norman Osborn before confronting him in battle. Because of this study, he was able to defeat Osborn.
- Bilingual: Miles speaks both English and Spanish.
Due to his relatively short time as Spider-Man, Miles biggest weakness is his inexperience in being a costumed crime-fighter. He still is not completely sure what his powers make him capable of and this handicaps his effectiveness because of this.
Although he is very bright and seemingly mature for a 14 year-old, his age and lack of real world experiences is sometimes an obstacle in understanding the gravity of the situations around him.
He has had no combat training beyond what he has learned from watching videos of Peter Parker in action and his own experimentation with his powers. This leads to him making tactical mistakes in fights, such as when he leaped into the center of a group of common thugs and was promptly floored with a punch to the face.
- Web-Shooters: Originally created and used by Peter Parker, Aunt May gave Peter's web-shooters to Miles.
After his web-shooters were stolen from him, Miles had once again no means for fast travel besides his enhanced speed, wall-crawling and leaping abilities.
- Gwen Stacy (Earth-65)
- Kamala Khan (Earth-616)
- Cassandra Lang (Earth-1610)
- Katherine Bishop (Earth-1610)
- Barbara Rodriguez (Earth-616)
- In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he is voiced by Shameik Moore.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, he was originally voiced by Donald Glover (who also played Aaron Davis and young Lando Calrissian), and season 4 by Ogie Banks (who also voiced Zak Saturday and Firestorm). He exists in alternate universe where Peter was killed. Miles later became stranded in the main Peter's universe and became a member of the Webbed Warriors and took up the name Kid Arachnid. He has several adventures with Peter, even traveling across the multiverse to find the shards of the Siege Perilous. During the journey, he gets the chance to go back to his home dimension, despite this he chooses to stay with Peter after his mother accompanies him to the other universe.
- Banks also voiced the character in Marvel Heroes.
- In 2017's Spider-Man, he is voiced by Nadji Jeter.
- Jeter also voices Miles Morales in the Marvel's Spider-Man video game, and reprised his role in Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
- In Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, he was voiced Alimi Ballard.
- In Marvel Avengers Academy, he was voiced by Brandon Winckler.
|~ Miles assembling the Avengers.|
- He was thirteen years old when he became Spider-Man.
- The creation of the character was inspired by the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the united States, and by actor and singer Donald Glover.
- Glover would play Aaron Davis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.