See what the second Ultimate Spider-Man's been up to since hopping over to Earth 616.
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When the Ultimate Universe version of Peter Parker seemingly passed away, another young man took his place. The half-Hispanic, half-African American teen named Miles Morales continues to use his powers for good to this day. In fact, after Secret Wars shook up all of reality, he’s now doing exactly that on Earth 616.
That new series kicked off by none other than Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and began with the high school student fighting the demon Blackheart over his fallen Avengers comrades.
And yet, that seemed like the least terrifying thing the Brooklyn Visions Academy student faced in the first six issues of SPIDER-MAN. First, his mom – worried because his grades slipped a bit – called in his incredibly strict grandmother to watch over him.
The matriarch might have taken his phone away from him, but that didn’t even compare to his best friend, confidante and roommate Ganke revealing to new student Fabio Medina (otherwise known as the mutant Goldballs) Miles’ secret identity as Spider-Man!
Even worse? Black Cat and Hammerhead teamed up to take on this new Spider-Man they found in their midst. Though they got the drop on him, Miles used his venom sting on an epic level to incapacitate most of them and escape.
Since then, Miles has become and even more important figure in the Marvel Universe after Ulysses saw him standing over the body of Captain America in the pages of CIVIL WAR II. Though the event in question has not yet come to fruition, it’s still rumbling around in everyone’s heads thanks to Steve Rogers’ reveal as the head of Hydra in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE. In fact, he’s so convinced that he’ll commit this crime, he’s committed himself to working with Black Widow to take out the Hydra head!
A Tangled Web
In addition to Web-Slinging his way through his own solo title, Miles has become quite the team player since hopping over to the 616. He started in ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS before moving over to CHAMPIONS with a number of other younger, disillusioned heroes. That same group has decided to back Black Widow in her aforementioned mission to completely remove Captain America from the chessboard of life in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE.
Up next we close up SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING by taking the most recent look back at the Web-Slinger’s early days in the pages of SPIDEY.
HYDRA forces our resident therapist to profile Miles Morales!
To begin with, I must renew my objections to this report. What is happening here is very nearly coercion and while this is not an ethical violation or illegal judging by current laws, statutes, or professional codes, it also does not feel necessary or oriented towards some kind of good outcome. While it has been made clear to me that my opinion on this matter has little weight, I nonetheless strongly urge this report be destroyed without review and that this practice end here and now.
Additionally estimating factors like future dangerousness, which is similar to what you are asking, are impossible without direct meetings with the subject. In other words, the information presented below is literally guesswork and may be more muddling than helpful.
The subject in questions is one of two individuals who identifies as Spider-Man and operates as a costumed crime fighter. This particular Spider-Man wears the black costume with red web markings.
The subject presents as male and, given his size and body type, is most likely a teenager. This matches the scant information provided to this writer by your organization, so I do expect it is accurate.
In the past several months, he has worked with the Avengers, the teen pacifist and recently discredited team known as the Champions, and on his own. He has engaged in a variety of conflicts including stopping so-called street level crime, super villain crime, and interceded in civil right issues in foreign nations. From this, it seems likely the subject tends towards idealism. It is possible, as well, that he may be amoral and just seeking conflict because of some desire for violence, but this would be highly unusual.
The subject does seem to have a preference towards teams and partnerships while acting as a super hero. This may indicate that he is seeking a stability in his “career” that he is not finding at home. There may be a variety of reasons for this including absentee or abusive parents, an inability to share his secret with his family, or a recent major loss in the family. Of course, it could also mean the subject has an excellent support system in his non-costumed life and therefore is drawn to similar situations while costumed.
To speak directly to the question at hand: does this writer think the subject is capable of the murder of Steve Rogers? I do not believe he is. Physically, it does seem possible; the client obviously possesses incredible strength and agility and reports indicate he might have some kind of ability to short circuit other’s abilities for a small window of time.
Psychologically, however, it seems unlikely. The subject has no recorded instances of using lethal force at any point, no matter the danger of the situation or the state of his physical being in that moment. The subject has not sought out conflicts in any active way—for instance, as The Punisher has been known to do—and has even, at times, attempted to defuse situations before turning to violence even when initially engaged violently by someone else. Finally, all his known alliances have been with vigilantes who else do not employ lethal force, limiting the potential for him to have a sudden change of heart.
Therefore, I would suggest HYDRA’s obsession with the subject—who, I stress, is most likely an adolescent—is unnecessary and ill-informed.
I have heard some individuals suggest that whatever report I deliver here is not to be trusted given my strenuous objections to doing it at all so I would also suggest reviewing Doctors Nick Spencer and Leinil Francis Yu’s report on Spider-Man. It is available on July 26 in the file marked SECRET EMPIRE #7.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who has never worn HYDRA green and never will.
Women's History Month: Sara Pichelli
Follow artist Sara Pichelli on her journey from animator to the co-creator of Miles Morales!
This March, we celebrate Women’s History Month by spotlighting some of the most iconic characters and creators from the Marvel Universe.
Artist Sara Pichelli burst onto the scene in 2007, earning fans right off the bat thanks to her dynamic, yet emotive style. By the following year, she did her first book for Marvel – NYX: NO WAY HOME #3 – and the rest, as they say, is history!
After finishing that series with #6, Pichelli moved right over to RUNAWAY with #10 and stuck around until #14, the last issue of that volume. From there she drew books like X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK, the NAMORA one-shot and contributed to both HER-OES and GIRL COMICS.
Then, the artist skyrocketed into the public consciousness when she joined Brian Michael Bendis on ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN starting with #15. The series then jumped back to its previous numbering with the next installment and ran until Peter Parker died in the pages of #160.
Pichelli drew up to #155 on that volume, but then contributed the very first look at Peter’s replacement, Miles Morales, in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4. She then proceeded to debut ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN with Bendis, returning for other issues and covers throughout the book’s run.
Pichelli and Bendis also teamed up on SPIDER-MEN, the first meeting of the classic Peter Parker with the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales. The duo, proving both well suited for one another and incredibly popular, joined forces in 2013 for another major series, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
The collaborations don’t stop there, of course. They worked together on issues of ALL-NEW X-MEN and also came together to bring Miles Morales into the Marvel Universe after SECRET WARS in a series called SPIDER-MAN that’s still going strong to this day.
The Women Of Marvel
As Pichelli herself related in a 2014 Marvel.com interview, she credited C.B. Cebulski with discovering her. “In 2008 I lost my job at an animation studio where I was working as a character designer,” she said. “And since I was starting to feel the urge to explore a new media—in order to have more control of my artwork—I took advantage of this transition to take a stab at becoming a comic book artist. I started to be interested in comics thanks to my amazing partner—and also a comic book artist—David Messina a couple of years before, and it was love at first sight.” She then did work for IDW, but entered Cebulski’s international Marvel talent search called Chesterquest contest which drew attention to her skills and lead to those early Marvel books!
Brian Michael Bendis speaks on Miles Morales’ mom and more!
By Josh Weiss
I’ve never met a mother yet totally cool with the idea of her son swinging from the rooftops of buildings and getting involved in life-threatening battles with villains and heroes alike. If anything, these things would probably heighten the feeling of anxiety she has for her child—her own brand of Spidey Sense, let’s call it. Pair that with a secretive, hormonal teenager and it can be a recipe for disaster.
Such is the reality of Rio Morales’s relationship with her son, Miles, aka Spider-Man. As one of the co-creators and writers of this character—plus, a parent himself—Brian Michael Bendis happily gave us some profound insights into Miles’ upbringing and how the presence of his mother in his life influenced his journey as Spider-Man, compared to the backstory of Miles’ role model, Peter Parker.
Marvel.com: Unlike Peter Parker who was raised by his aunt and uncle, Miles was able to be brought up by his actual parents. How did the presence of his biological caregivers, particularly his mother, affect his journey to becoming Spider-Man and all the baggage the hero role ultimately came with?
Brian Michael Bendis: It affects it completely. This is everything. That is, in my mind, the real big difference between Peter and Miles. They were raised completely differently in different parts of the city with different relationships to everything—even different connections to morality and spirituality. That all comes from the way they were raised. That’s true with everybody. Both of these young men are representing something similar but from completely different perspectives.
Marvel.com: Did you try and model Rio Morales on Aunt May or did you want her to be something entirely different? If so, in what ways did you try to distinguish her from such an iconic character?
Brian Michael Bendis: Something entirely different. I have gone on record saying that I based [the Ultimate version of] Aunt May on my mother, but Rio was based on someone else completely. I know so many good parents. There is this [Venn] diagram of the way good parents handle a lot of things, but there are also all these interesting differences. Things that we have all handed down from our families including things that we will never do because of our families. Everyone raises their children differently. Front and center are the ideas the parent really wants to make sure the kid understands. And while Peter was learning “with great power comes great responsibility,” Miles was learning some harsher truths.
Marvel.com: Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis, is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. While Rio Morales is just an ordinary person, albeit an extraordinary mother. How does this more grounded personality play into Miles’ super powered persona?
Brian Michael Bendis: Every child is a product of their environment and when you have two strong personality parents, something I and my children know something about—it’s very interesting to see how the child processes their surroundings and develops their own personality. With Miles, we have this interesting parent dynamic, plus their dynamic with each other. Both voices take up equal space in his brain. Plus, he has these powers which have opened doors to meeting all kinds of heroes and icons. All these people will be making a giant impression on Miles as he moves and develops forward.
Marvel.com: At the end of the day Miles is still a teenager and based on experiences with my own mother, she gets worried when I forget to call and I’m 22-years-old. I can’t imagine what that worry must be like for Rio. Can you describe how she copes with it and if it causes any strain on her relationship with Miles?
Brian Michael Bendis: This is a major story point going forward. She gave him a lot of latitude in an attempt to be a cool mom to a teenager who has earned her trust but the reality is Miles’ life may be too complicated to hide from her much longer. And it might be that keeping a secret from her is the worst thing he could have ever done.
Marvel.com: How does she feel about her son’s involvement with that Spider-Gwen girl?
Brian Michael Bendis: Rio doesn’t know what Miles is up to. Very few parents really know what their teenagers are up to. I fondly remember keeping things from my mother just because I wanted that power over her. I wasn’t actually doing anything bad, I was reading comics, I just wanted my stuff. Spider-Man is Miles’s ultimate teen expression of freedom.
Follow Miles’ family drama with SPIDER-MAN #15, available April 5!
Swing with a different kind of Spider-Man as he becomes a Marvel staple!
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In the wake of Peter Parker’s death in the pages of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, the void was felt in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT by friends, family, teammates, and strangers alike. So, it’s appropriate that Miles Morales, a teenager of African American and Hispanic descent, first appeared in the fourth issue of that limited series in a tale by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and eventually went on to fill Peter’s web-lined boots.
When a new Spider-Man in a costume very much like Peter’s appeared to take on Kangaroo, a lot of people thought the demonstration to be in poor taste. Even Miles agreed at the end of the short story that set up the new ongoing series ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN.
The series, also by Bendis and Pichelli, actually started out before the events of FALLOUT to show how Miles got his powers after his uncle, who also happened to be The Prowler, robbed Norman Osborn and a genetically altered spider hitched a ride with the loot. The creepy crawly then chomped into young Miles during a visit and a new hero was born.
As he got used to his powers Miles realized his abilities mirrored Spider-Man’s though he also could camouflage himself and paralyze assailants with a venom sting. With these abilities, the youngster decided to become a hero and pick up where Peter Parker left off, donning a new costume and eventually using his predecessor’s web shooters for a time after Aunt May gifted them to him.
Miles went on to become an important part of the Ultimate Universe, meeting the Marvel Universe’s version of Spider-Man, helping save the world from Galactus in CATACLYSM, carrying on into another ongoing series called MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and then playing a major role in SECRET WARS.
At the end of the reality-altering event, Miles found himself integrated into the main Marvel Universe, much to his surprise. Better yet, his mom, dad, and friends also made the jump! Now he’s training to be New York City’s protector while Peter Parker continues his more global exploits.
In addition to starring in his own post-Secret Wars series, simply titled SPIDER-MAN, Miles also became an important player with ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS. Plus, in CIVIL WAR II, Ulysses envisioned the younger Webslinger murdering Captain America! As you know by now, that didn’t happen—yet—but Miles did join up with a group of fellow young heroes including Nova, Ms. Marvel, the time-displaced Cyclops, Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk, and Viv Vision in the pages of CHAMPIONS. He even recently started a romance with Earth-65’s Spider-Woman, otherwise known to readers as Spider-Gwen.
Next, another newer African American character takes center stage as we dive into Lunella Lafayette and her giant red pal as seen in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR.
Should Miles Morales swing into a relationship with Gwen Stacy?
Our Spidey senses have been tingling since the reveal of Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales’ new romance—unfolding in the pages of SPIDER-GWEN and SPIDER-MAN—but before we all jump on the Giles bandwagon it’s time to take a look at this young, budding relationship and determine whether or not it should blossom or wither.
What better way to do that then with a tried and true pros and cons list?
Before this nascent couple decides on their status in SPIDER-MAN #14 on March 15, here’s some key points to mull over…
-Miles and Gwen both lead the hero life and according to Morales’ best buddy Ganke, a hero needs someone who understands the pressures, responsibilities and inconveniences that come with it.
-Both of our heroes remain relatively new to the web slinging life and this new shared experience they’ve fallen into could help strengthen their relationship and teach them to rely on one another for support while they learn to navigate this new chapter together, sort of like freshman year of college.
-Gwen and Miles have the same beautifully pun-filled sense of humor and a team up would inevitably lead to some comedy gold. Why not foil villainous plans with a web of laughter, right?
-Bringing a nice girl home might get Miles’ mom and grandmother off his back and stop them from snooping around his life accusing him of using drugs…just a thought.
-And finally it would be pretty adorable for Spider-Man to find himself a nice Spider-Woman, have some Spider-Babies and maybe even get a Spider-Dog to round out their adorable little Spider-Family.
-There is the slight issue of them living in different dimensions. While not the typical long distance relationship, it’s still just as, if not more, taxing on them to constantly have to pop back and forth between dimensions.
-After losing both Peter Parker and Harry Osborn, and with her father in jail, Gwen might be a tad raw at present and therefore a bit emotionally unavailable.
-While yes, young love can be a fickle thing, let’s not forget Miles’ obvious crush on Ms. Marvel since day one. Looks like Kamala isn’t the only flexible hero!
-While it’s definitely a plus to date someone who understands the hero lifestyle, if both of them constantly gallivant around town thwarting criminal schemes, there won’t be much time left to say hello let alone go on a date. Unless you count searching for Miles’ missing father as a date. Points for being out of the ordinary?
-And finally, if we look at this from a biological standpoint, this relationship ends with Spider-Gwen eating Spider-Man…that’s what most call irreconcilable differences.
Now that we have our list done it’s time for the most important step in the process: tossing the list out the window and going with your gut! Will Giles make it? Find out on March 15 in SPIDER-MAN #14.
Champions #1 (2016)
Learn more about the group of teen heroes and their new path!
Following the fallout of Civil War II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk.
Join Mark Waid and Tom Brevoort this Friday, Sep. 30, for a live chat discussing these six young heroes determined to change the world in CHAMPIONS #1, debuting next week. They’ll give you all the details on this new series, the history of the Champions team, and answer all your questions!
Miles Morales wrestles with his morality and mortality!
Miles Morales, the client, is a teenage male who arrived on time and appropriately dressed for session. Visibly anxious and uncomfortable, it took him several moments of explanation and tangents to arrive at explaining why he made an appointment and was seeking therapy with the writer.
At that time, he admitted that several former clients had recommended this therapist to him. At one point, the client inquired if I remembered a few different individuals. I informed him that I could not disclose to him even knowing former clients, never mind if I remembered working with them or how I felt about them. The client became very embarrassed as apologetic before finally getting himself back on topic.
In his role as a member of the Avengers and a solo hero, Morales, who also uses the name Spider-Man as his alter ego, has recently been placed in several uncomfortable situations. In particular, he found himself consumed with thoughts of his recklessness regarding his secret identity, his continued frustration with feeling as though he is being judged by his skin tone first and foremost, and, lastly, the ongoing conflict within the super hero community labeled as Civil War II by the press.
This writer focused on providing support and validation throughout the session. The emphasis was on ensuring the client knew he was entitled to the feelings he was experiencing and that, even in the face of “bigger problems” they were important to him and therefore important.
The therapist also made sure to ask questions focused on gaining further details to ensure cultural competency. The client and the writer are separated in terms of stage of life, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity so it was very important to the writer that he not make assumptions about the client’s experiences or worldviews while demonstrating an open and supportive stance to make the client feel safe and unjudged, making the therapeutic space conducive for disclosure.
Unfortunately, much of what the client was hoping for—advice and proxy decision making—the therapist could not provide because that is not the role of therapy. While he expressed frustration with this, he clearly understood and it seemed to spark him to dig deeper into the issues being discussed.
Overall, it is the opinion of this writer that the client is an intelligent, sensitive, and healthy individual who is reacting appropriately to overwhelming and highly unusual situations. He is a teenager being asked to make decisions about morality that adults struggle with and being asked to do so in an accelerated and dangerous environment.
Additionally, he is being asked to behave in a way that would be difficult for anyone. To be so responsible as to be a “good” role model and to protect his friends and family without a single slip-up during a time of life when slip-ups, mistakes, and straight bad choices are an important part of maturation is heavy load for everyone, never mind someone who is doing it while facing super villains regularly.
Also of note was a brief conversation the writer and the client had after session ended and he was packing up to leave. It seems, after the death of Bruce Banner—aka The Hulk—he and a few of his fellow teen heroes found themselves very fixated on their own mortality. The Hulk, to them, seemed un-killable—almost literally—and they had been left feeling very vulnerable in the wake of that event. Again, given the nature of the concern, the therapist provided support and validation, encouraging the client to return so we could work on these concerns in a more in-depth manner.
The client also works with Doctors Brian Michael Bendis and Nico Leon and their latest progress note is available on October 26 for review in the file marked SPIDER-MAN #9.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who also often obsesses about his own mortality but has decided he just won’t die. Problem solved!
Spider-Man must stop Wolf Spider in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6'
The fate of all reality hangs in the balance in the final part of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” Return to the Spider-Verse, airing this Saturday night at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD!
In the final part of Return to the Spider-Verse, Spidey and Miles Morales return to Miles’ universe after collecting all the shards of the Siege Perilous. In this dimension, they run into Spider-Gwen, the Spider-Woman of this universe, who helps them confront Wolf Spider, who they discover is an Evil Peter Parker from another dimension! Watch the clip above from this weekend’s episode.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.
Peter Parker and Miles Morales meet Spider-Gwen in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6'!
Spider-Gwen makes her animated debut in this Saturday’s new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six,” airing at 8:00 PM ET on Disney XD!
In the final part of “Return to the Spider-Verse,” Spidey and Miles Morales return to Miles’ universe after collecting all the shards of the Siege Perilous. In this dimension, they run into Spider-Gwen, the Spider-Woman of this universe, who helps them confront Wolf Spider!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and all things Marvel Television.