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Quote1 You don't know what it feels like to be -- bigger than you want to be. It's hard out there. Quote2
-- Ganke src
 

Ganke Lee is a Korean American, the best friend of Miles Morales, and one of the only people whom Miles had shared his secret with. It was Ganke who figured out that Miles carried similar abilities to Spider-Man. He was first alerted to his friend's newfound powers when Miles came bursting into his room and explaining the events that transpired to give him such abilities. Thrilled at Miles's "cool" powers and making the initial assessment that he was a mutant, Ganke made suggestions that he should be a superhero and embrace his abilities; though Miles was much more reluctant to use his powers and wanted to ignore them in pursuit of a normal life. Ganke later made the correct deduction that Miles's abilities were not a product of mutant DNA, but as a result of tampered genetics.

Ganke served the purpose of covering for Miles as he later assumed his duties as the new Spider-Man and became his confidant. He received information about the obstacles Miles faced while he was Spider-Man, and tried to offer his input on how to deal with the situations he encountered. For instance, Ganke suggested that Miles battled his Uncle Aaron, the Prowler, instead of finding an alternate option; he believed that fighting him was the only way to put an end to the problem. Ganke later suggested Miles join up with the Ultimates, saying that they needed his assistance.

Marvel Universe

As a consequence of the reality-ending phenomena known as incursions, Ganke's entire universe came to an end,[3] leaving him and Miles two of the few survivors of the universe's destruction.[4] When he found himself in a world composed of the remnants of destroyed realities called Battleworld, Miles helped the omnipotent being that was keeping it together, the Molecule Man.[5]

As a repayment to Miles' help, when the Molecule Man's native universe, Earth-616, was brought back from its own destruction by Mister Fantastic, the Molecule Man transported Miles, his family and his friends into it, doing so in such a way it was as if they had always lived their entire lives there.[6] Ganke was one of these people brought to Earth-616, still attending the Brooklyn Visions Academy together with Miles and Judge.[7]

The arrival of former X-Man Fabio Medina to the institute caused a rift between Miles' and Ganke's friendship, due to the former's inability to understand why was Ganke so excited for Medina's presence. In an ill-conceived, and partially ill-intentioned, attempt at helping Miles have somebody to share his super-heroic experience with, Ganke revealed to Fabio that Miles was Spider-Man. Miles was initially upset with Ganke,[8] but they eventually patched up and became both friends and roommates with Fabio.[9]

After Spider-Man disappeared, he convinced Danika Hart, a famous YouTube blogger crazy about Spider-Man due to his skin color, to publish a video asking her viewers to warn her if they found out anything about him. Although hesitant at first, she agreed and they spent the night in her perch looking at the sky, while waiting for some news.[10]




  • Ganke is a big fan of Fabio Medina, the former X-Man known as Goldballs.[11] This is because both share a similar body type, and Fabio's mild celebrity status helps Ganke feel represented and empowered, according to himself.[8]
  • Ganke is named after a classmate of one of writer Brian Michael Bendis' kids.[12]
  • In the film Spider-Man: Homecoming, its interpreation of Ned Leeds is extremely similar to Ganke, down to sharing a similar physical appearance, personality and computer skills. Brian Michael Bendis adressed these similarities, expressing that he didn't know if Ned was meant to have been inspired by Ganke.[13]

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