Spider-Verse: Was Miles Morales Meant to Be Spider-Man?

Miles Morales looking at his hands
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Miles Morales looking at his hands
Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment

There have been many surprises and revelations in the second Spider-Verse movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, one of them being that Miles Morales was never meant to be Spider-Man.

This fact was revealed by the leader of the Spider-Society, Miguel O’Hara, who calls Miles a “mistake” and an “anomaly”. So, was Miles never supposed to become Spider-Man?

Was Miles Morales supposed to be The Prowler instead? This article explains whether Miles Morales was never meant to be Spider-Man in Spider-Verse.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Read at your own risk!

Was Miles Morales Supposed to Become Spider-Man?

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Miles Morales was never meant to be Spider-Man, at least in Earth-1610. It was revealed in Across the Spider-Verse that the radioactive spider that bit Miles wasn’t from his universe (Earth-1610) but came from another world instead (Earth-42).

This spider that came from a different dimension wasn’t supposed to bite Miles Morales of Earth-1610, but it did, which caused a lot of changes in the timeline and ripple effects on the multiverse.

Miles was considered an anomaly by Miguel O’Hara because Earth-1610 already had a Spider-Man: Peter Parker (blond hair, blue eyes).

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But because a second Spider-Man came, this resulted in many consequences, such as the death of Earth-1610’s original Spider-Man and the start of the collapse of the multiverse.

It can be recalled that the original Spider-Man of Earth-1610 died while saving Miles. But Miles only needed rescuing in the first place because he became a Spider-Man.

So, Miles Morales wasn’t supposed to be Spider-Man. This also explains why he didn’t get an invite to join the Spider-Society.

The Spider-People just don’t see Miles as Spider-Man. They see him as an accident or a mistake that was not supposed to happen.

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Was Miles Morales Supposed to Be The Prowler?

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Miles managed to escape the Spider-Society through a teleporter that should transport a person back to their own dimension. However, since it was an Earth-42 spider that bit Miles, he was sent to that dimension instead.

In Earth-42, Miles sees Uncle Aaron but the latter realizes that the one who hugged him wasn’t his Miles. Earth-1610 Miles wakes up chained in a punching bag and tells his Uncle Aaron that he does not have to be The Prowler.

Uncle Aaron responds that he isn’t The Prowler and the real one comes out. He removes his mask and it’s revealed that The Prowler in Earth-42 is Miles Morales.

We don’t know yet exactly why Earth-42 Miles became The Prowler, although this could be due to the fact that his father died and he was under his Uncle Aaron’s influence.

However, it must be noted that since the radioactive spider that bit Earth-1610 Miles came from Earth-42, this means that Earth-42 never had a Spider-Man.

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This also could imply that Earth-42 Miles was supposed to become Spider-Man. But because of the absence of the radioactive spider in his universe, he goes on a darker path instead.

So, perhaps Miles Morales was supposed to become Spider-Man, but just not Earth-1610’s Spider-Man.

But the fact as to whether Earth-1610 Miles was meant to become Spider-Man is something that’s still questionable. It’s something that Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse could (or should) address.

Across the Spider-Verse, after all, has a cliffhanger ending. There are so many questions that need to be addressed in the third film, and Earth-1610 Miles’ destiny is one of them.

However, even though Miles may not have been “meant” to be Spider-Man, this doesn’t change the fact that he is a hero.

And to quote Miles Morales, "Everyone keeps telling me how my story is supposed to go. Nah. I'm gonna do my own thing."

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently playing in theaters.

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