Miles Morales’ Spider-Man has quickly soared in popularity in the last few years. This is partially due to his iconic partnership with Peter Parker, the original webhead, in the animated Spider-Verse films. However, in the comics, the duo’s friendship seems to have gone down a different path, and an upcoming comic issue highlights the problem between them.
The preview for Miles Morales: Spider-Man #13 features a scene where Miles directly comments on his friendship with Peter during a session with his therapist. Miles’ shocking comments about Peter and the state of their friendship are bound to make fans curious about what went wrong, given the supposedly tight bond between the duo.
Miles Morales and Peter Parker’s Friendship Hits a Rocky Patch
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #13 ties in with the ongoing Gang War event in the pages of Marvel comics. In the preview for the issue, Miles speaks with his therapist, Keisha Kawn. During the session, Miles mentions how his former friend and mentor, Peter Parker, alienated him for months and admits the senior Spider-Man hasn’t been around much.
“He just hasn’t been there for me when I needed him the most.”
Miles further explains how he could have used Peter’s perspective on some of his issues and admits Peter ghosted him. Moreover, Miles reveals when he and Peter finally reunited, the latter acted like nothing had changed between them. However, Miles’ words seemingly confirm he doesn’t feel the same way, and Peter’s absence has strained their friendship.
In issue #13, Miles is referencing events in Zeb Wells’ Amazing Spider-Man run, which sees Peter taking a hiatus and cutting ties with his superhero friends for a while. Although Peter’s decision was justified by his ongoing conflicts with other heroes, Miles and Peter had no feud. Therefore, Miles’ feelings about Peter ghosting him are understandable.
The Harsh Reality of Miles Morales and Peter Parker’s Friendship
Miles Morales’ confession to his therapist confirms he is feeling hard done by Peter’s decision to ghost him. Moreover, the Gang War event brings together the two webheads to deal with a street-level conspiracy. However, in Amazing Spider-Man Gang War: First Strike #1, when Miles and Peter meet for the first time since the latter’s hiatus, Miles expresses his frustrations about Peter ghosting him and expecting to pick things up like it was not a big deal.
While Peter Parker and Miles Morales work together in First Strike #1, the seeds for a conflict between them are sowed, and the conflict is likely to escalate as the Gang War event continues. However, by choosing to explore the impact of Peter ghosting Miles, the event series allows Miles to grow as a character and branch out.
The same is evident through his partnership with Misty Knight. Meanwhile, Miles’ frustrations with Peter and the elder Spider-Man acting like nothing has changed only highlight the harsh reality of their friendship. The conflict showcases Miles is still unaware of how adult friendships function.
In contrast, Peter’s actions indicate he treats Miles as an adult. Therefore, he expects them to continue their friendship. Hence, it will be interesting to see how the iconic partnership shapes up when the dust stells in the aftermath of the Gang War event and whether Miles Morales and Peter Parker patch up or the schism between them grows.