SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Ultimate End” #5, on sale now, and the future of Miles Morales.
You might think that since the grand finale of “Secret Wars” has been delayed several months past the debut of Marvel’s all-new, all-different universe that there are no secrets left to be revealed in the pages of the event or its tie-ins.
You’d be wrong.
In the last issue of “Ultimate End,” not only did readers witness the expected final destruction of the Ultimate Universe, we got our first glimpse at how Miles Morales fits into the Marvel U-proper.
Following the (presumed) deaths of several dozen characters from the Ultimate and 616 Marvel Universes, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley grant Miles what can only be described as a happy ending, and give longtime fans of the character a pleasant surprise. Not only is Miles now a resident of the same reality as the Avengers, so is his best friend Ganke, his father — and his mother.
Rio Morales died in 2013’s “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” #22, a victim of the crossfire that ensued when Venom attacked the hospital where she worked as a nurse. Taking a stance that was the polar opposite of her husband/Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis, Rio was a supporter of Spider-Man. As she died, Rio told Miles to never reveal his identity to his father. Miles gave up his costumed identity for a year following her death, eventually returning to the life of a super hero, revealing his identity to his father and learning his dad once worked for Nick Fury.
It was not made clear in “Ultimate End” whether this incarnation of Rio Morales is aware of her son’s double-life, nor if Jefferson Davis is as anti-Spidey as he was in the Ultimate U, or whether he has a relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. It does appear as though Miles’ memory — and presumably Ganke’s as well — has been changed, with his entire life having taken place on the 616 Earth. What this means for the denizens of the Ultimate Universe that didn’t make the trip to the mainstream Marvel U, of course, remains a mystery — for now.
The solo adventures of Miles Morales continue in Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s “Spider-Man” series, debuting in February.
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