Okay, so here’s a thought I’ve not had in awhile, but the recent racism about Michael B. Jordan brought it back up. What if Miles can be used in the MCU?
I know it might not seem to make sense at first but hear me out. Let’s start at the beginning — we already know that the MCU using characters that are already licensed to other companies, like Quicksilver being in both Days of Future Past and Avengers 2. And we know the rights are not to the comic in its entirety and all characters who debut in it, or else when Sony licensed Spider-Man, they would have gotten the Punisher as well (as he debuted in Amazing Spider-Man). And lastly I just don’t see how they could have licensed Miles Morales as he did not even exist when Sony licensed Spider-Man.* Granted he is still Spider-Man but we are talking about people who figured out a way to legally get around a higher tariff on their X-Men toys by calling them non-human; so I think Marvel might have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Similar to how they are having Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch but not calling them mutants, I think they could pull Miles Morales off in the MCU… just maybe not call him Spider-Man.
But what would having Miles in the MCU mean? Well, first it’d mean Spider-Man, if not in name, and to me that’s good news! A Spider-Man in the Avengers? Heck yeah! Also, more importantly, people complain all the time about how MCU has almost zero diversity. Sure Black Widow does exist and there’s Black Fury but then there’s Whiron Man, Thor the Aryan, Captain America the Other Aryan, and Bruce I Turn Green Banner. But even Bruce I Turn Green Banner’s white! All of the main MCU characters have been white so far — and sure we’re getting the Falcon which is nice and there’s rumors about a Black Panther movie but to have Spider-Man (or a character that is not legally called Spider-Man but he sure spins a web and catches thieves just like flies) be black? That would do wonders for them. Having one of the most popular characters be a PoC? I mean there’d still be issues (#where’s my black widow movie?**) but it would do wonders for them.
So I’m not sure if this is even legally allowable or how many hoops that they’d have to jump through but I for one would love to see MIles Morales in the MCU***.
* Which, to me, also brings up an interesting question. Could they use characters that Dan Slott created, such as Max Modell — or anyone else at Horizon Labs. Could Horizon Labs even be in the Sony flicks? What about Carlie Cooper? Or what about JMS’ Ezekial? I feel that they would’ve been able to use characters such as this with impunity before the MCU debuted but now, what with it wanting to create a full-fledged Marvel Universe, Marvel might try a little harder to keep these characters to themselves.
** Which I don’t even care about that much. Give me a goddamn Colonel Carol Warbird/Captain Marvel Danvers movie al-fucking-ready. (My problem is not with ScarJo or Black Widow except no yes it is because Black Widow DOESN’T HAVE ANY FUCKING SUPERPOWERS! I WANT A SUPERPOWERED FEMALE SUPERHERO!)
*** Or even in the Sony flicks. Andrew Garfield’ll get bored at some point. Bring in Venom as Flash. Bring in Ben Reilly. Bring in Miles. Hell, if you’re doing one Spidey flick a year, bring in Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099 despite no one knowing who the hell he is.