Miles Morales’ Spider-Man may have just found his true calling, which could lead him to carry on one of Falcon’s most personal missions.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24 by Saladin Ahmed, Carmen Carnero, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit, on sale now.
Miles Morales has gone through a lot over the past few months. He faced his evil doppelganger, battled his evil alternate world self, found himself and his friends outlawed by the government and watched as his uncle died to protect him.
And in Miles Morales: Spider-Man #24, Spider-Man has a chance to work as a hero again, and the first thing he did was help save some people in a collapsed building alongside his close friend and fellow member of the Champions, Ms. Marvel. However, what happened next might define Miles Morales in the future, and it could make his goals very close to those of the Falcon.
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After Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel rescued a woman and her child from a collapsing stairwell, they heard the horrific truth. This was something that had been wrong with the building for some time, and the residents of the building had asked the building owner to fix it. However, he ignored their requests and put them off until they almost died due to his negligence. Spider-Man listened to this and was furious.
Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel sought out the building owner and found him in short order. Spider-Man swooped down and confronted the man as he was about to get in his car. Spider-Man asked him if he owned the building, and he shrugged them off, saying he owned a lot of buildings. Spider-Man told him what happened and demanded he makes it better. The man then called the two criminals, based mostly on the Kamala’s Law situation for underaged heroes. Spider-Man lost his cool, and Ms. Marvel had to step in to cool him down. The building owner then said he would take care of things, and Spider-Man said he better before frying the guy’s car with a Venom Blast. This likely will come back to bite both heroes in the end, but Spider-Man likely doesn’t care.
This is very similar to Falcon’s entire mantra in life. In comics, Wilson grew up in a tough neighborhood in Harlem. His father was a minister who died when he was nine while trying to stop some gang violence. Sam grew up and almost became a criminal before he finally turned things around when he met Captain America and became Falcon. After this, Sam not only took on the role of a hero, but he sought social justice and reform, standing up for the people on the streets that society mostly ignored and police often brutalized throughout his comic book history. Sam Wilson is not just a superhero. He is also a social worker and has spent a lot of time working with kids on the streets and helping them find a way to rise above their station in life. While not all kids are willing to listen and take his advice, Sam is there to help anyone and everyone who comes to him. When he was Captain America, he fought for the disenfranchised.
Sam and Miles are from very different backgrounds, with Miles’ dad a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and him growing up in a much nicer living situation. However, both men believe in helping those that society doesn’t seem to care about. Miles Morales is still a teenager and is still in school, but he has a chance to do the same sort of good that Falcon has accomplished his entire career. From his attitude and aggression when he saw the rich walking all over the hard-working people of his town, it seems like Spider-Man has found who he wants to fight for.
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