We've known for months now that Miles Morales, the black, Puerto Rican Spider-Man who debuted in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man comics, exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It started with Aaron Davis, aka the Prowler, as played by Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming. When he decides to help Spider-Man, he specifically says he has "a nephew in this neighborhood," and that's why he doesn't want crazy superweapons on the streets.
That was an instant alarm bell to comic book fans, who know that Davis is Miles' uncle on the printed page. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the connection back in June.
"All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that," Feige said of the "nephew" line. "But where we go ... we definitely want you to go, 'He’s there. He’s there somewhere.'"
Now, in a new deleted scene from the home release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which shows Davis struggling after being webbed to his own trunk, we hear the first actual mention of Miles by name. Davis (Glover) makes a phone call and says, "Yeah, sorry, Miles ... I'm not gonna make it."
Between Feige's comments and this extended scene mentioning him by name, it sure seems like Miles Morales is part of the long-term plan for the Spider-Man films and the MCU. In the current Marvel Comics, Miles and Peter Parker now live in the same universe, and they both operate as Spider-Man, albeit with Miles being significantly younger and less experienced in the role.
Already a fan-favorite character despite his short time in the Marvel Universe, it makes sense that we'll be seeing a lot more of Miles. He's already appeared on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon (his first appearance was voiced by none other than Donald Glover) and is a supporting cast member on the new Spider-Man cartoon. He'll also be in the PlayStation 4 Spider-Man video game and will be the main character in Sony's upcoming animated Spider-Man feature film. So yeah, plenty of Miles to go.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is available on digital HD today, and Blu-ray Oct. 17, 2017.