Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts have confirmed not only that Donald Glover plays Aaron Davis a.k.a. the Ultimate Prowler in the film - but have strongly hinted that his nephew Miles Morales also exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I mean, I always wanted Donald [Glover] to be in this movie," Watts told Comicbook.com. "That was one of my first ideas, just because I knew... I remember all the excitement surrounding him being Spider-Man, you know? And I was like, 'If he's going to be in this movie, who could he be?' So, we're not saying anything specifically, but Aaron Davis having a nephew in New York City... I wouldn't say it's a definite hint, but I think it definitely opens that door."
"He does have a nephew," Feige added. "He has a nephew."
As for whether Miles himself will appear in the MCU any time soon, that question remains up in the air. However, Peter Parker actor Tom Holland chimed in to add that he's up for a Spider-Men style crossover.
“That would be something that I would be very up for doing, it’s something that I would really, really hope to happen,” Holland explained. “I think Miles Morales is a great character, I think it would be fantastic to have an actor of color playing a superhero on screen and I just think it’s going to be something very cool and something very exciting for this universe.”
Newsarama theorized in July 2016 that Glover would be playing Davis, a character with connections to both the Tinkerer and the Vulture in Marvel's now-defunct Ultimate Universe. Whether Glover's version of Davis will share his comic book counterpart's secret identity remains to be seen. Sony has an untitled animated Spider-Man film featuring Morales as the lead character planned for a December 2018 release.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters July 7.