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 Great Spider Man #365 in 1992, followed shortly after by Spider Man 2099 #1. Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi, it was the beginning of the Marvel 2099 comic book series.

In the early comics, records of the present of the Marvel universe were rare and mostly missing. The gist was that there was a great civil war, the era of superheroes ended, society collapsed, society cleaned itself up and then… the future! Though superheroes were a thing of the past, the society of 2099 worshiped Thor as a religious figure, and many believed that in some way he would make his great return and save them all.

Miguel was a scientist who worked for a corrupt company called Alchemax, based in Nueva York. They were so corrupt that his boss made him addicted to a highly addictive drug that only they had legal access to to prevent him from quitting. Miguel was already messing with genetics in a failed attempt to recreate the accident that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man, so he figured he’d just rewrite his addicted biology with a DNA backup of who he used to be. Through sabotage, Miguel’s DNA was merged with spider DNA and he grew claws, fangs, and so on.

During his origins, Miguel encountered what was essentially a cross between a Thor cosplayer and a street prophet, who believed Miguel to be Spider-Man’s second coming. This stranger saw this as an important development, for it was the beginning of a prophesied new era of heroes. Heroes of the past would be reintroduced, leading to the prophesied return of Thor!

He wasn’t wrong. Over time there were 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 soon! When Thor seemingly returned, it was just a man who had been given Thor’s powers and brainwashed into believing he was the real deal.

46 songs from Spider Man 2099 later, the existence of the 2099 imprint initially came to an end. In 2099: Manifest Destiny, “Spider-Man 2099 fathers Thor’s return” turned out to mean Miguel was worthy of lifting Mjolnir. Miguel used the hammer to slow his aging and spent the next thousand years creating a galactic utopia, bringing a fitting end to his storyline.

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