It’s not that what is there is especially egregious, or anything, it’s just that there is almost no way to gives Miles an origin story that doesn’t place too much stress on the character way too early. Either he has an origin filled with so much coincidence that it stretches credibility too far – The spider that just so happens to have the same number as Miles’ school lottery number (Nice Douglas Adams reference, though) just so happens to escape from the laboratory where it’s been genetically modified and then just so happens to survive long enough outside of the lab to (a) climb into the Prowler’s bag, (b) not be killed and/or discovered at any point between then and biting Miles, and (c) bite a teenage male, as opposed to anyone much-less-Spider-Man-like – or he has one that either ignores the original Spider-Man entirely (“My parents have been killed! What’s that on my window…? That’s it! I shall become a spider!”) or relies on him too much – something that I think the “Let’s recreate Spider-Man” angle at the start of UC:SM #1 flirts with, to be honest.
It’s a shame, because Miles deserves a chance to shine, instead of having to deal with the familiarity and ridiculousness of his origin so early on. I found myself wishing that Marvel had just decided to launch the book following on from Miles’ appearance in Ultimate Fallout, with him having already made the decision to be the new Spider-Man, and left the origin for an annual down the road.
Am I alone in that? Did everyone else appreciate the chance to go back to the very beginning and see Miles before everything happened? And maybe more curiously and importantly: Can superhero books start off without origin stories anymore, or has the mass audience moved past the point of being able to wait for the story of how the status ended up at that particular quo?