Marvel Comics has just revealed that Miles Morales is the strongest Spider-Man – when you’re looking at something more important than just muscles. Created by legendary comic book writer Brian michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli back in 2011, Miles Morales has established himself as real fan favorite. He swung on to the big screen in the award-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and since then has gone from strength to strength. One recent comic even went so far as to suggest Miles is the best Spider-Man, with Peter Parker impressed when Miles briefly wielded a cosmic force even Peter had struggled to handle.
But the Marvel Universe is facing a terrible threat, and it’s already consumed Miles Morales. Cletus Kasady, better known as Carnage, has returned from the grave with a mission. His goal is to awake Knull, the monstrous god of the symbiotes, and he’s cutting a bloody swathe across New York. The Carnage symbiote is spreading to host after host, transforming anyone it possesses into a bloodthirsty killer. It’s taken Miles as one of its hosts.
But the official preview of Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #3 sees Miles prove too much for the Carnage symbiote to handle. The symbiote attempts to force Miles to murder J. Jonah Jameson, and he sinks his teeth into Jonah’s shoulder. The taste of blood fills Miles’s mouth – and it prompts him to resist. Incredibly, Miles’s will forces the Carnage symbiote to release him.
It’s important to understand how impressive a feat this really is. Even Peter Parker’s will wasn’t strong enough to cast aside a Klyntar symbiote; when he was host to Venom, he needed to take advantage of the symbiote’s weakness to sound in order to break free from it. Meanwhile, the Carnage symbiote has previously taken some of Earth’s mightiest heroes as hosts – including the likes of Captain America, Wolverine, and the Thing. Even heroes of that caliber needed external help to be freed from Carnage’s influence. And yet Miles Morales resists by sheer force of will, refusing to let Carnage turn him into a killer.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Miles Morales is one of the most important heroes in the Marvel Universe, a character with a bright future ahead of him. That presumably explains why he was targeted by Mephisto in the pages of Champions, with the demonic being making an attempt to corrupt Miles’ good nature. Clearly Mephisto was unsuccessful, because Miles is still pure enough of heart and strong enough of will to even beat off the Carnage symbiote.
THREATS WITHIN AND WITHOUT! A serial killer released from Ravencroft, the commands of Carnage, J. Jonah Jameson, and SILVER SABLE! Miles must wrestle all of these while his mind is not his own! Will a connection to the Cult of Carnage’s collective subconscious give him an edge that pays off in the greater war? Or will that two-way connection compromise Spider-Man–fatally?