Nearly a year after Spider-Man: Homecoming hit cinemas, audiences have noticed that Miles Morales' comic book mask appears in the movie's credits. Although Miles was indirectly referenced in director Jon Watts' movie, this serves as more concrete evidence that the fan-favorite character could join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.
Rebooting the world of Peter Parker after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Homecoming brought the web-slinger under the MCU umbrella with Tom Holland in the leading role. Comic book characters like Vulture, Mary Jane Watson and Aunt May all had a part to play, but it was the inclusion of Donald Glover's Aaron Davis — the Ultimate Universe version of Prowler and uncle of Miles Morales — that had a lot of people talking.
In keeping with the movie's younger style, Homecoming ended with a fun animation sequence set to the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." One eagle-eyed fan has now taken to Reddit to point out that Morale's black and red mask makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in the credits alongside Watts' name.
Miles' Spider-Man mask with its inverted colors has become synonymous with his era of playing the friendly neighborhood hero since his debut in 2011's Ultimate Fallout #4. Although MCU President Kevin Feige has acknowledged Miles' existence, he has said the hero will remain part of movies like the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for now. That being said, with Ned Leeds bearing a resemblance to Miles' best friend Ganke and Tony Stark taking on the Nick Fury mentor role for Miles from the comics, Watts was clearly influenced by the second Spider-Man.
Considering one Homecoming deleted scene even referenced Miles by name, Watts at least puts the pieces in place for the ongoing franchise to use the character if need be. Despite Holland being relatively new to the role, some are patiently waiting to see who will play Miles and (presumably) take over from Peter Parker one day. Glover was once linked to play Parker's replacement, but it looks like he is set to portray Prowler if he returns for a Spider-Man movie.
Production on a Homecoming sequel is due to start later this months, and alongside Michael Keaton returning as Vulture, there are heavy rumors Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing the villain Mysterio. Along with villains old and new, does the Miles Easter Egg also hint at his arrival in the next Spider-Man standalone? Kevin Feige has already promised a more diverse roster of heroes in Phase 4 of the MCU and someone like Miles is sure to be a welcome addition.
Tom Holland debuted as Peter Parker in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as part of a co-production deal between Sony and Marvel Studios that led to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which successfully rebooted the franchise and grossed more than $880 million worldwide. Holland reprised his role for Avengers: Infinity War, and will presumably return next year for Avengers 4, which arrives in theaters just two months before the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.