Across the Spider-Verse: Who is Spider-Man 2099 and How Does He Fit In?

Who is Spider-Man 2099?

Miguel O’Hara made his comic book debut in a preview backup in Amazing Spider-Man #365 in 1992, followed shortly after by Spider-Man 2099 #1. He was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi and was the beginning of the Marvel 2099 line of comics.

In the initial comics, records of the Marvel Universe’s present were rare and mostly missing. The gist of it was that some big civil war happened, the age of superheroes ended, society collapsed, society cleaned itself up, and then…the future! While superheroes were a thing of the past, 2099’s society worshiped Thor as a religious figure, with many believing he would one way make his big return and save them all.

Miguel was a scientist working for a corrupt corporation called Alchemax, located in Nueva York. They were so corrupt that his boss got him hooked on a highly-addictive drug that only they had legal access to just to keep him from quitting. Miguel was already messing with genetics in a failed attempt to recreate the accident that caused Peter Parker to become Spider-Man, so he figured he’d just rewrite his addicted biology with a DNA backup of who he used to be. Due to sabotage, Miguel’s DNA was merged with spider DNA and he grew talons, fangs, and so on.

During his origin, Miguel ran into what was essentially a cross between a Thor cosplayer and a street prophet, who believed Miguel to be the second coming of Spider-Man. This stranger saw this as a major development, as it was the beginning of a foretold new age of heroes. Heroes from the past would be reintroduced, leading to the prophesied return of Thor!

He wasn’t wrong. Over time, there was a Fantastic Four 2099, Hulk 2099, Ghost Rider 2099, Doom 2099 (who became President of the United States!), Punisher 2099 (age 36…caliber!), X-Men 2099, Moon Knight 2099, and so on! When Thor did seemingly return, it was just a guy given Thor’s powers and brainwashed to believe himself to be the real deal.

46 issues of Spider-Man 2099 later, the 2099 imprint’s existence initially came to an end. In 2099: Manifest Destiny, “Spider-Man 2099 begets Thor’s return” was revealed to mean that Miguel was worthy to lift Mjolnir. Using the hammer to slow his aging, Miguel spent the next thousand years creating a galactic utopia, bringing a fitting end to his story arc.


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