Who can forget the shocking introduction of Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) in Spider-Man: Homecoming? For the casual fan, the Donald Glover character was nothing more than a regular thug, but those who are familiar with Spidey’s comic book lore would’ve recognised the name immediately. For one, Aaron Davis is one of the more popular characters in the newer Spider-Man comics — The Prowler. But more than that, he’s also the uncle to Miles Morales, the character who eventually becomes the new Spider-Man after the unfortunate death of Peter Parker. The introduction of Aaron Davis meant that Miles Morales exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, leaving the door open for his version of Spider-Man to swing onto our screens down the road.
Unfortunately, Aaron Davis is completely missing from Spider-Man: Far From Home and so is any mention of his nephew Miles Morales. If you’re wondering if Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures just decided to drop the Miles Morales/Aaron Davis idea, they didn’t. In an interview with THR, Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers had this to say:
McKenna: We definitely considered that. We definitely thought, ‘How great it would be to bring back Aaron Davis again.’ Other considerations come in. We went down that road a little bit, then the movie really spent such little time in Queens and gets to Europe pretty quickly. Some ideas you just have to give up.
Sommers: That’s really what it came down to. We loved that character and we wanted to do it, but we just wanted to get out of New York and get on the trip as soon as possible. There were several things we would have loved to do in New York before he left, but we just didn’t have time.
The huge positive we can take away from the interview is that the writers have not forgotten about Miles Morales. In fact, it’s great that they were willing to sacrifice him for the sake of the story. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Aaron Davis in the future. One doesn’t simply cast Donald Glover for nothing.