When Does Spider-Man: Miles Morales Take Place?

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales picks up Miles' story after the events of the first game, but exactly how much time has passed? We have the answers.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales
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Miles Morales takes center stage in Insomniac’s latest Spider-Man adventure on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. After beginning his training with Peter Parker in Marvel’s Spider-Man, Miles is ready for his final test. With Peter off on vacation in Europe, it’s up to Miles to protect NYC from a whole new threat that could destroy Harlem, Miles’ new home.

The hero finds himself in the middle of a war between the sinister Roxxon Energy corporation and a terrorist group known as the Underground, which is led by the villainous Tinkerer, the game’s central antagonist. If you’ve read the Marvel comics that inspired Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you know that the Tinkerer is a formidable foe for a Spider-Man who’s still a bit green. Saving Harlem and taking down both the Tinkerer and Roxxon will keep Miles busy for the duration of the approximately 15-hour story campaign.

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Those who have been anxious to revisit the comic book-inspired world created by Insomniac since the 2018 game released to critical acclaim should know that the game doesn’t pick up right after Peter’s adventure. When we reunite with Miles, some time has passed since he helped Peter take down Otto Octavius. In fact, according to the studio itself, Miles Morales takes place about a year after the events of the first game.

While Miles is not yet a seasoned crime fighter, he is starting to find his own rhythm and style. An early fight with Rhino at the start of the new game shows that he can definitely hold its own against some of Spidey’s heavyweights. As our reviewer mentioned in his write-up of the game, Miles’ fighting style is a bit scrappier than Peter’s to match the new Spider-Man’s rookie status. Without going into spoilers, all I’ll say is that players should expect to see Miles continue to develop as a crime fighter and as a teenager. You should expect some life-altering moments in this game that will continue to shape Miles for many games to come.

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One thing we can say is that Miles is set to learn a few new tricks during this adventure, including the power to electrocute enemies as well as the ability to turn invisible for a short time. And despite Peter being overseas, Miles will be able to count on some new allies to help him during his fight against Roxxon and the Underground. One ally in particular has already taken the internet by storm. We’re of course talking about Spider-Man the Cat — or Spider-Cat — the masked feline that Miles can recruit in the game to help him fight crime. If that’s not enough reason to get this PlayStation exclusive, we don’t know what is!

Miles also has a whole lineup of new suits to unlock and choose from in the game, including the very cool 2020 suit that features quite a bit of RGB lighting as well as the Into the Spider-Verse suit that’s ripped right out of the hit animated movie. We chose our 10 favorite Miles Morales suits and broke down how to unlock them here.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is out now on PS5 and PS4.