Spider-Man: Homecoming was a milestone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe on several accounts. It not only established the fact that Peter Parker was a part of the Marvel movie universe, it also paved the way for the web crawler to eventually find his way to the Avengers. Avengers: Infinity War featured a lot of heroes in vivid detail and Spider-Man was amongst the heroes who grabbed the spotlight for quite some time as well. But it would not have been possible if Homecoming would not have made the case for Spider-Man in the MCU. Without Homecoming, Peter’s fate would have been just like that of the Hulk. Without Homecoming, yet another superhero would never have been able to stomp his feet on the MCU floor. A Miles Morales Easter egg already existed in Spider-Man: Homecoming but wait, we just discovered that there was another one, hiding in plain sight. Another Miles Morales Easter egg has been spotted in Spider-Man: Homecoming!!!
Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU preceded Spider-Man’s first solo movie within the superhero universe. Peter Parker joined the likes of Iron Man and Team Stark to fight Team Cap and the fugitive heroes in Captain America: Civil War. Spidey would later appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming as the friendly neighborhood superhero. The Spider Man introduction to the MCU would not have been possible without the agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment, the ones who still hold the rights to Spider-Man movies, and Marvel Studios, the ones the superhero currently belongs to now (on a temporary lease).
Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming was the actual mind behind including a Miles Morales reference within the movie. Donald Glover portrays Aaron Davis in the film. In the comic, Aaron Davis is the uncle of Miles Morales. Davis would later assume the role of the villain Prowler. Miles Morales is even mentioned as the ‘nephew who lives in the area’ by Glover’s character in the movie. That is Miles. But who is Miles and why is he so important?!?!
Let us enlighten you.
Miles Morales is the creation of Brian Michael Bendis. In the comics, Miles Morales is the second Spider-Man and the first African American to assume the mantle. When Aaron Davis aka the Prowler steals the secret formula that Oscorp’s Dr. Conrad Markus created from a stolen sample of Spider-Man’s blood, alone spider finds its way into the villain’s duffel bag. The Spider would later come out as a radioactive creature and bite Davis’ nephew. Miles would later develop superpowers and become the new Spider Man. Miles Morales made his first comic book appearance in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4.
Getting to the topic at hand, the second Miles Morales Easter egg is actually a nifty trick that Marvel Studios played on us. Reddit user 1800DESOLATE was able to spot this Easter egg on close inspection of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s credits sequence. The moment when Jon Watts’ name appears as the Director on screen, Peter’s mask is visible in the background. But wait, zoom out a little more and you see yet another different mask similar to Spider-Man’s but with the colors inverted. That is actually miles Morales’ Spider-Man mask from the comic books.
Here is the picture:
Does that mean Miles Morales might also be coming to the MCU? Highly unlikely!! Let’s just take this as a fun nod to the African American Spider-Man. Miles is a long way from coming to the Marvel Studios. Sony Pictures is already working on an animated movie on Miles Morales titled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. For now, the only Spider-Man you can enjoy on screen in the MCU is Peter Parker.
Spider Man appeared latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War is already in theaters. The official film synopsis reads:
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Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.