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Cobra Kai Fans Want Dallas Dupree Young to Play Live-Action Miles Morales in the MCU

While Season 4 of Netflix’s Cobra Kai is mostly centered on the return of an old character (Thomas Ian Griffith’s maniacal Terry Silver), it’s a brand new character named Kenny (played by Dallas Dupree Young) who has the season’s most emotional (and, in some ways, heartbreaking) story arc. After taking the ride along with Kenny, Cobra Kai fans are not only appreciating the work he did in this show, but noticing another role that it seems like he might be perfect for: a live-action Miles Morales, the Brooklyn-based Spider-Man character featured in both the Marvel Comics and the Academy Award-winning 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

In his introduction scene, Kenny has a ton of positive energy; it’s his first day in a new school, and he’s excited. He dances all throughout his house, reads a note from his mom, and makes his way to the bus—only to be embarrassed by bullies, including Anthony LaRusso, from the moment he gets on board. Kenny’s story goes from a nice kid who gets bullied and humiliated to someone who eventually links up with Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) and learns to stand up for himself, and join Cobra Kai.

By the end of the season, though, Robby sees the error of what he’s done—the sweet Kenny from the start of the season is now filled with anger, and his new fighting skills are being used the wrong way. Robby’s going to have some work cut out for him in Season 5 to bring Kenny back from the dark side.

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But from the joy and happiness, to the dancing with headphones on, to the awkwardness, to the anger, these are all factors that are key in any depiction of Miles Morales; actor Shameik Moore captured them all perfectly in Spider-Verse, and fans certainly seemed to see those shades in Young’s performance in Season 4 of Cobra Kai.

And [SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME SPOILER!] if Spider-Man: No Way Home is any indication, we may be getting closer and closer to an actual live-action Miles Morales being introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the third act of the movie, after Jamie Foxx’s Electro is de-powered and defeated, he gets off one of the best zingers in the movie, telling Andrew Garfield’s Spidey that because he’s from queens, he’s got a cool suit, and he helps poor people, he thought he was Black. “There’s gotta be a Black Spider-Man out there somewhere,” Electro says as the scene ends and your theater likely broke into applause.

The seeds have already been planted elsewhere in the MCU too—Donald Glover played Aaron Davis (Miles’ uncle! The same character voiced by Mahershala Ali in Spider-Verse) in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. So the fans could certainly be on to something, at least in theory.

Let’s take a look at some of the tweets of fans making the case that Dupree Young should be the MCU’s Miles.

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Evan Romano
Evan is an associate editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE.

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