Spider-Man is on the search for his father, but he accidentally finds the Man of Steel along the way. Spider-Man #14 trips up Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy by throwing them through time and space for a short series of misadventures, one of which included DC’s Metropolis.
This post contains spoilers for Spider-Man #14.
Miles Morales’s Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey’s Spider-Woman have gotten themselves stuck in an interdimensional game of tag with Miles’s dad, Jefferson, while using a S.H.I.E.L.D.-issued, wrist-mounted interdimensional transporter (aka: a watch that opens portals from one dimension to another and sucks Miles and Gwen through them). On their journey to find Miles’s dad, the two stumble across a few familiar faces and places, scaring themselves more often than not.
The first stop is in a gray-scale city topped with zeppelins and inhabited by a black-clad, trenchcoated man who says, “You!” upon seeing Miles and Gwen in full Spider gear. Miles, being the friendly neighborhood Spidey that he is, responds with, “Hey!”
“Didn’t your mother tell you not to talk to creepy mysterious strangers living in the shadows?” Gwen quips.
“Not specifically,” Miles says right before the two are pulled through another portal.
The mystery man in black is none other than Spider-Man Noir, an alternative universe Spidey created by David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky, and Carmine Di Giandomenico. He’s part of the Marvel Noir universe and his story takes place during the Great Depression, specifically in 1933, hence the zeppelins and general duskiness of the city.
Next, Miles and Gwen are thrown onto the roof of a super futuristic-looking city (for about three seconds) that looks to be the world of Spider-Man 2099, created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi for Marvel’s 2099 comics line. In the year 2099, Miguel O’Hara is the new Spider-Man and the first Latino Spidey in the character’s history. But Miles and Gwen’s time there is incredibly short before they’re dropped into a world that doesn’t even belong to Marvel.
“What is that smell?” Miles demands immediately upon being brought to DC’s Metropolis, the Daily Planet globe partially hidden in the background and the telltale red streak of Superman flying to someone’s rescue right in front of the Spider duo.
From there, the two flop into a couple other worlds — the Marvel Zombies limited series and a universe where Gwen and Miles have been married for 20 years and have their faces plastered all over billboards — but Miles eventually finds himself in the right place: with his dad. It was only a matter of time before something went right for him.
Spider-Man #14 is now available from comic retailers.