The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been going strong for over 15 years, with a plethora of heroes coming and going. Even the original hero who started it all, Iron Man, had a wise exit from the MCU in Avengers: Endgame, allowing for new characters and stories to take center stage. It’s time for the beloved Spider-Man to follow suit and pass the torch to Miles Morales.
Why It’s Time For Peter Parker to Pass the Torch to Miles Morales
Spider-Man is arguably the most iconic superhero in the Marvel universe, with a massive fanbase and numerous iterations across comics, shows, and films. However, it’s important for the MCU to avoid overstaying the welcome of any one hero, including Spider-Man. By phasing out Peter Parker and introducing Miles Morales, the franchise can stay fresh and relevant.
Thankfully, there’s a clear path for Miles to appear in the MCU. The Spider-Verse, which includes Miles and other Spider-People, is part of the larger Marvel Multiverse. This was confirmed in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which linked Sony’s Venom-Verse to the MCU. With this connection established, it’s entirely possible for Miles to meet Peter Parker in the mainline MCU.
This transition would be perfect for Peter to exit with dignity and establish an heir, just as Tony Stark did in Avengers: Endgame. Shameik Moore, who voices Miles in the animated film, is eager to play a live-action version of the character, and Tom Holland is equally enthusiastic about the possibility of working alongside him. Additionally, a live-action Miles Morales film is in development, making this a seamless and exciting transition.
In conclusion, it’s time for Peter Parker to pass on the mantle of Spider-Man to Miles Morales in the MCU. This will not only keep the franchise fresh and strong but also establish a line of succession that can help keep the MCU going for decades to come. With the Marvel Multiverse’s infinite possibilities, the future of the MCU looks bright and full of potential.
The MCU has been running for over a decade and a half now, and we’ve seen lots of heroes come and go. Even the original who started it all, Iron Man, had to leave before fans could get tired of the character or the creators made a mistake in the story, so it was a wise choice to give the beloved Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) a heroic if tragic exit from the MCU in Avengers: Endgameleaving the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) to succeed him as the Spider-Man.
It’s better for the MCU to phase out heroes, replacing them with new characters and new stories, as we’ve seen that some have overstayed their welcome, such as Thor (Chris Hemsworth), one of the last few original heroes remaining in the MCU. Still, given the lackluster response to last year’s Thor: Love and Thunderit’s clear that Thor can’t generate the same kind of love that he used to, and the MCU has no clear purpose or even reason to continue his story, leaving both the character and franchise aimless and loveless.
Spider-Man is the most iconic superhero in all of Marvel, with the most iterations throughout the decades and the most comics, shows, and films with the most fans. Marvel can’t leave such a character to chance, so it would be better to phase out Spider-Man as well in the MCU. Though Marvel also has a unique opportunity to replace the current Spider-Man of Peter Parker with not just another hero but another already established and greatly loved Spider-Man of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). Here’s why it’s time for Peter Parker to pass the torch to Miles Morales as the Spider-Man of the MCU.
Miles Can Appear in the MCU
Spider-Man is owned by Sony, while Disney owns practically everything else Marvel. So the only way that Miles could appear in the MCU is if Sony’s Spider-Verse, which he and the Spider-People inhabit, is a part of Disney’s greater Marvel Multiverse, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse confirmed this to be true. The film’s villain, The Spot (Jason Schwartzman), possesses the ability to transport himself and anything else with him through black holes on his body, and he learns that he can even travel to entirely different dimensions with his holes.
The Spot travels through space and time to reach the Venom-Verse, also owned by Sony. But, we see the little convenience shop that Eddy Brock and Venom (both Tom Hardy) frequent in Venom. The Spot even steals some gum from the curmudgeonly Mrs. Chen (Peggy Lu), a good friend of Eddy’s.
Despite simply being a brief yet fun cameo for fans of the Venom filmsthe little time we spend with Mrs. Chen in her shop are crucial, as this is the first hard proof we have to link Sony and Disney’s supposedly separate superhero universes.
Mrs. Chen’s appearance confirms that Miles’ Spider-Verse is indeed connected to Eddy’s Venom-Verse, which we already know is connected to the MCU because Eddy Brock and Venom were both transported to the MCU after the dimensional chaos of Spider-Man: No Way Home. So, with this surprise connection between franchises and the pure infiniteness of the Multiverse, it is entirely possible that Miles can appear in the mainline MCU to meet Peter Parker.
Give Peter the Perfect Exit
The MCU has been focused on phasing out its older heroes and introducing new heroes in their stead for years now, often the new directly replacing the old, such as Sam Wilson receiving the shield of Captain America from Steve Rogers and She-Hulk being the new meangreen face around town, so Miles fulfilling the role of Spider-Man in the MCU could be the way to continue the Spider story with a new face that fans already know and love without yet another reboot of Peter.
Bringing Miles into the MCU would be the perfect time to bring Peter out, allowing the old Spider to bow out with dignity and establish an heir, just like Tony did, starting a kind of line of succession that could help keep the MCU going for decades more.
Given Shameik Moore’s eagerness to play a live-action version of his animated character and Tom Holland’s same enthusiasm to play alongside him, this could be an easy transition. In addition, since a live-action Miles Morales film is also in development, we should see the old Spider phasing out after his many appearances and his standard film trilogy for a new Spider. The MCU should replace the current Spider-Man with a new one to keep the whole MCU fresh and strong, and having Peter Parker pass on the great responsibility of Spider-Man to Miles Morales is the perfect way to do that.