Warning: spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters now.
With his own animated movie coming up soon, Spider-Man Miles Morales has been a frequent question mark for live-action storytelling -- but a throwaway line in Spider-Man: Homecoming might have shed some light on his potential role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the film, Donald Glover plays Aaron Davis, better known to comic book fans as The Prowler. Formerly a criminal who ran with his brother Jefferson Davis, Aaron never reformed, even after Jeff did. Jefferson Davis reformed after marrying Rio Morales, a relationship that resulted in a child -- Miles -- who was by logical extension Aaron's nephew.
That's why a passing reference to Davis's nephew has many comics fans buzzing after having seen the movie last night.
After encountering The Shocker and other arms dealers working for The Vulture and The Tinkerer, Davis tells Spider-Man that he is a petty criminal, and doesn't want that kind of potentially world-altering tech floating around this neighborhood -- after all, he has a nephew here.
Not only is The Prowler Miles's uncle, but he is also responsible for the boy getting his powers in the first place.
Miles was introduced in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, a stripped-down version of the Marvel U where continuity was simplified and characters' earliest stories were updated to take place in the modern day rather than the '60s.
Eventually, around the time Peter Parker died, Prowler broke into an abandoned Oscorp lab as part of a heist -- and OsCorp's genetically altered spider, which gave Peter his powers, crawled into his duffel bag without his knowledge. While visiting his uncle, Miles was bitten by the spider and got his powers.
The relationship between the two is complex, with The Prowler killing other villains to cover for Miles but also manipulating the young hero, eventually leading to a conflict between the two and The Prowler's accidental death.
The film has earned glowing reviews, with over 90% positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. ComicBook.com's own Brandon Davis said it was the best Spider-Man movie to date.
Spider-Man: Homecoming premieres in theaters July 7.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with theAvengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, JacobBatalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, withMarisaTomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr,KennethChoi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, JorgeLendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
MORE SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING: