[[caption-width-right:350:It's shocking awesome!]]

The Franchise/MarvelUniverse [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] {{Cyberpunk}}.

Roughly a century prior, a massive cataclysm brought about the end of the "Age of Heroes". The disaster also destroyed most of civilization, resulting in a much, much worse world than before. ([[CrapsackWorld And considering how bad it was before]], that’s saying a lot.) The world is now run by [[OneNationUnderCopyright massive Mega Corps]] (most notably Alchemax), the only police are the privatized Public Eye, and the entire planet is little more than a toxic deathball.

In the year 2099, however, four individuals suddenly get pulled into superheroism. Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist working for Alchemax, [[ComicBook/SpiderMan2099 accidentally splices Spider DNA with his own.]] Paul Philip Ravage, executive for an environmentalist Alchemax subdivision, discovers corruption in his employer and goes on the lam to fight it. In distant Latveria, a long-lost dictator suddenly returns, and prepares to retake his homeland. Jake Gallows, a member of the private police force, [[ComicBook/ThePunisher2099 becomes a violent vigilante when the law fails to condemn his family’s killer.]] Later, a [[ComicBook/XMen small group of mutants]] gather in the Nevada desert. An amoral Hollywood producer turns on the Knights of Banner and is [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk pelted with Gamma Rays.]] A hacker finds his personality trapped on the net, [[ComicBook/GhostRider2099 and is transported into a robot body to avenge his own death.]] Not to mention the many, many other heroes that began to crawl out of the woodwork...

''Marvel 2099'' was very much a product of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, with Liefeldian physiques and ridiculous future slang. Nonetheless, the first four series (''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'', ''Ravage 2099'', ''Doom 2099'', and ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'') sold extremely well. ''Spider-Man 2099'' would become the most well-known series, and would be the only one to directly interact with [[Franchise/SpiderMan the mainstream series.]] ''Doom 2099'' featured exceptional writing, turning Doctor Doom into an AntiHero while still keeping him a MagnificentBastard. Ravage was the only fully original character, and was written by Creator/StanLee for the first eight issues. ''Punisher 2099'' was... well, a Dark Age comic.

2099's best strength, however, was its continuity. Editor Joey Cavalieri worked overtime to make sure every issue of the series fit, while also giving the creative staff considerable leeway in what they created. As a result, the series was akin to Marvel's [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] work; several comics that didn't cross over every month, but at the same time were clearly in the same universe, with events occurred concurrently. In fact, the lines only actually crossed over once, for the "Fall of the Hammer" story arc, and even that was tightly managed.

Facing declining sales, the comics culminated in the "One Nation Under Doom" event, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Doom took over the United States.]] It was inconceivably awesome, mostly because it was written by Creator/WarrenEllis.

Unfortunately, that was pretty much the end of it. Marvel, due to the effects of UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996, decided in a desperate bid to cut costs to fire Cavalieri. [[WriterRevolt Nearly every writer quit in protest.]] The line limped along for a while, before every surviving series was canceled at once. In their place was "2099: World of Tomorrow," which ran for eight issues before also being cancelled. Finally, Marvel closed the universe off with "2099: Manifest Destiny."

Aside from some brief revisits, the entire 2099 franchise has largely become another part of geek trivia. Spider-Man 2099 has received some new attention from being featured in recent ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' video games, most notably ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' and ''VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime''. Oh, and he was also part of the Comicbook/{{Exiles}} for a while, and in the months just prior to Comicbook/MarvelNOW, writers tease the fans the Peter Parker's replacement in ''The Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' would be his 2099 counterpart, [[TrollingCreator though this would eventually be proven false.]] However, he ''was'' a major player in some arcs, which led to [[spoiler:Alchemax being created in Earth-616]]. Miguel now has a new ongoing series, and took part in the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' BatFamilyCrossover. In 2015, the 2099 timeline was one of the alternate universes featured in the third season of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', with Miguel appearing as one of the major characters. One of the mini-series featured in ''Comicbook/SecretWars2015'' was ''Secret Wars 2099'', a title focusing on the 2099 version of Comicbook/TheAvengers (featuring analogues of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/BlackWidow, and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}).

!!''Marvel 2099'' provides examples of:

* NinetiesAntiHero: It just drips with every 1990s cliché to have ever existed. It also subverts the trope at least as many times as it plays it straight. The 2099 comics were laced with quite a bit of satirical humor, laugh-out-loud moments, and optimism. The line was largely about people finding heroes to believe in again.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** Spider-Man is half-Latino half-white, Ghost Rider is half-Japanese half-white, ComicBook/DoctorStrange is a young woman who looks at least vaguely Asian and ComicBook/MoonKnight is a Muslim woman.
** The subsequent revivals of the line reveal that ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is a Latina woman, Comicbook/BlackWidow is an African-American woman, Comibook/IronMan suffers from dwarfism and ComicBook/TheVision is a woman. Two 2099 versions of Deadpool also exist, both of which are women [[spoiler:and the original's daughters, one being a mutant and the other half demon]].
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: While Doctor Doom's morality has always been DependingOnTheWriter, this version was of the NobleDemon PragmaticVillainy interpretation. As a man of his word who protects his subjects as long as they're loyal, he's demonstratively superior to the CorruptCorporateExecutive types who presently rule the world. He's still a absolute monarch and world-conquering tyrant but the conquered population [[spoiler: of the United States]] ironically has more freedom under him than their previous oppressors.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Spider-Man and the Hulk were both {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and not great people in their personal lives either, the Xavier analogue of the X-Men had a dark side in his backstory that resurfaced once or twice, and ''Doctor Doom'' is the closest thing to a BigGood. Despite that and more, the overall arc was fairly idealistic. See UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}} entry.
* CameBackWrong: An attempt to revive the previous ComicBook/BlackPanther is ruined thanks to the current Black Panther's intervention. He instead becomes a raging cyborg, dealing massive destruction to Wakanda before Doom can take him down.
* CharacterDevelopment: Doom 2099 is less bombastic, doesn't go into hammy rants, cares about others and will abandon his plans and risk his life to save innocent people. In one issue, he even ''bows'' to a Wakandan princess in a gesture of respect. When he time travelled to the past and met up with present-day Doom, he was less than impressed.
-->Doom 2099: Gad! Was I really such a boor?
* ChosenOne: Spider-Man is called the "Harbinger of Thor", and is prophesied to save the world. [[spoiler: Turns out he really was the Chosen One, and was the third person to wield Thor's Hammer (with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica being second.)]]
* ChurchMilitant: The Sisters of the Howling Commandments.
* ColonyDrop: Attempted in the crossover storyline ''Fall of the Hammer'' by the villains.
* ContinuitySnarl:
** About halfway through ''Manifest Destiny,'' the Watcher has Miguel and [[spoiler:Captain America]] gather all of Earth's surviving heroes for a final battle. Among them was [[spoiler:the Punisher 2099]], despite being, you know, ''dead for several years by that point.''
** The aforementioned death happened in ''2099 AD Apocalypse'' (see also DroppedABridgeOnHim below) which had Continuity Snarls of its own. The Punisher 2099 is suddenly back on Earth, while his own last issue (which came out the month before) had him in deep space. Hulk 2099 in turn had his appearance radically altered in his last issue, and is back to his old appearance without explanation. FanWank has pointed out that both of these characters had previously established doppelgangers, which might explain this.
** ''Manifest Destiny'' also explained that the Solar System was enveloped in a bubble of cosmic energy which formed a nigh indestructible barrier put there by aliens to isolate Earth from the rest of the galaxy. Conflicting with this is that several different alien species had previously shown up in various 2099 titles.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: They more or less run the world in 2099.
* CrapsackWorld: {{Cyberpunk}} is almost always grim, and this is no exception.
* CyberPunk: Especially ''Ghost Rider 2099'', who starts out as a stereotypical outlaw hacker pitted against a megacorporation.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim:
** [[spoiler:Ravage and the entirety of Hellrock]] are encased in liquid Adamantium, pulled up with a tractor beam, and hurled into space.
** ''2099 AD Apocalypse'' is nothing more than a series of bridge drops, mostly of the minor characters that never got their own books... with two exceptions. [[spoiler: Punisher 2099 is vaporized by a giant spider, and Hulk 2099 goes out via SuicideByCop.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Manifest Destiny'' ended the line this way.
* EmphasizeEverything: Ravage 2099 especially.
* TheExtremistWasRight: Doom liberally skirted around the MoralEventHorizon for most of his series, but when he finally took over the United States, his reforms greatly cut down on pollution, made necessary items more available, and generally improved life for everyone. About the only thing that got him some flak was the Punisher-run SHIELD. That is, until things got worse...
* FantasticDrug: Quite a few examples:
** Rapture was a legal designer drug developed by (and exculsive to) the Alchemax corporation that would be distributed to employees in order to keep them loyal to the company. A "very high-powered, mind-expanding hallucinogen," it causes the user to feel perfectly calm and collected... unless he tries to fight the drug's effects, in which case it causes him to hallucinate wildly, "seeing monsters everywhere." It also bonds with the user's DNA in short order, becoming so addictive "you need it the way you need air to breathe." Geneticist Miguel O'Hara, who would become the Spider-Man of 2099, was slipped the drug by his boss when Miguel tried to quit the company. He tried to rid his system of Rapture by rewriting his own genetic code using a stored file of his genome which he'd been using for experiments. Things didn't go as planned, and Miguel ended up with spidery traits in his DNA as a result.
** A similar drug, Rhapsody, was mentioned in an issue of X-Men 2099, in which it was revealed that the Synthia corporation secretly laced its food products with the drug, so that consumers would become addicted to eating Synthia food, at the expense of their health.
** Chameleon 2099 turned out to be a drug rather than a person, which not only manipulated a user's DNA, it allowed him to shapeshift (either partially or completely) into whatever animal happened to suit the user's mindset at the time of taking the drug. Users have been seen assuming the characteristics of animals like bulls, mice, felines, and dogs. It was an Alchemax-designed drug, but "unstable even by their standards" to the point that users often die painfully from the toll it takes on their systems.
** Chain is one of the most illegal of drugs in that era. In 2099 A.D. Genesis, it was revealed that the legislation on Chain had been upgraded from a "thirty-year stretch" (being physically aged by three decades) for possession to a "death penalty" for even having it on one's person. In his only appearance in the 2099 comics, the Daredevil of that era planted a dime bag of Chain on a drug dealer just to make sure the dealer never pushes drugs again. At the time, the dealer had been peddling a drug laced with "a rider chemical" that "causes communicable sterility". In short, Daredevil signed a drug dealer's death warrant for trying to ''sterilize everyone in Downtown''.
** Perhaps the most bizarre example was found in X-Nation #1. The main characters, a group of teenagers living at the Xavier Institute for Indigent Children, had slipped away to a bar and try a unique hallucinogen: milk. They attached diodes to their foreheads; drinking milk stimulated their brains into producing bizarre hallucinations. But as one of them insisted, "'s really good f'r your bones an' teeeeeth."
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica was frozen yet again in the last days of the Age of Heroes. Because he was able to give a first-person account, Miguel is able to avert another such disaster, and in the end save humanity.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Invoked twice. The first was when [[spoiler:Herod and a fake Captain America overthrew Doom, killed nearly all of the remaining heroes, and wiped out everyone in Latveria.]] The second was when [[spoiler:the Phalanx cause over half of the land mass to be flooded, forcing most of humanity to flee to the Savage Land… and then deal with the aliens.]]
* GenerationXerox: Played straight and subverted, DependingOnTheWriter. Some characters may share similar powers to their namesakes, but have almost entirely different personalities, personal lives, and overall goals. The villains differ even moreso from their main universe counterparts.
* HeroicAlbino: La Lunatica from ''X-Men 2099''.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Doom, giving up his life to destroy the Phalanx.]]
* HistoryRepeats: Twice--with the same character to boot! [[spoiler: John Herod's Captain America clone had "being refrozen in a block of ice to be freed later ''again''" as his cover story, though as mentioned above, this fate actually did befall the real Steve Rogers.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Punisher's grenazers. ''Grenazers''.
* IronicNickname: The proposal for Daredevil 2099 had "Daredevil" be one for the main character, who was to start out as a corporate lawyer who is perfectly content to get his paycheck from handling boring but safe cases.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: The final issue of ''Ravage 2099'' is one of the most thorough deck-clearing exercises in comic book history. Doom shows up, douses the entire island in liquid Adamantium with Ravage and his entire supporting cast on it, then fires the lot directly into space. The end. Even the ''letter column'' is pretty matter-of-fact about this.]]
* LeftHanging: ''2099: World of Tomorrow'' ends with [[spoiler: the mutant and human survivors trying to work something out in the Savage Land, Miguel leaving to search for his brother, and D/Monix trying to claim Ghost Rider. ''Manifest Destiny'' reveals that Miguel found his brother, and that the mutants and humans managed to barely survive each other, but Ghost Rider’s sole appearance makes no mention of the cliffhanger.]] That doesn’t even mention the few billion other plotlines the writers were forced to give up on.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: But of course.
* MultiEthnicName:
** Miguel O'Hara is Portuguese/Spanish and Irish.
** Kenshiro Cochrane is Japanese and Scottish/Irish.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: When Miguel O'Hara decided to leave Alchemax, Tyler Stone slipped him some Rapture, so he would either stay with Alchemax to get more, or die. When Miguel tried to remove it using a gene splicer, Aaron Delgato, Miguel's co-worker, sabotaged the attempt with Spider DNA. That wound up bestowing Miguel with spider-powers that would enable him to become one of Alchemax's biggest enemies.
* PresidentEvil: Believe it or not, [[spoiler: A fake, robotic]] ComicBook/CaptainAmerica of all people.
* RedRightHand: Pretty much every villain.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide:
** Inverted with Hulk 2099. The big green monster actually develops a heroic personality, while his human side, Eisenhart, verges on a sociopath.
** An odd example or maybe just a complete aversion, since Eisenhart was [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a horrible person]] before he became a Hulk but [[HeelFaceTurn became a much better person after that]]. He was GoodIsNotNice most of the time post-irradiation.
* SuperReflexes:
** Unlike [[Franchise/SpiderMan his namesake]], Spider-Man 2099 does not have a SpiderSense ''per se''. Instead, he has enhanced perceptions that happen to tune in more quickly to what's pertinent, such as an immediate danger or a general plot point. Unlike SpiderSense, it's limited by what his senses are focused on, and he can still be caught flat-footed.
** His counterpart in Timestorm ''does'' have Spider-Sense. However he was also given his powers at a much younger age.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Doom tricks the Phalanx into coming after him, waits until they’ve got him cornered... and then orders an orbital strike, killing himself AND destroying the Phalanx fleet in one swoop.]]
* TitleByNumber: All the books have ''2099'' in their title.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Spider-Man 2099 is of both Irish and Mexican descent.
* UltimateUniverse: The alternate 2099 seen in ''Timestorm 2009-2099''.
* UrbanSegregation: The New York of 2099 is a clear example of vertical segregation. The city's affluent classes live and work "Uptown" in luxurious skyscrapers built on top of the existing real estate. At the time of the comics, "Downtown" is a dimly-lit slum only for the poor and needy and desperate; Uptown citizens venturing Downtown are warned to proceed at their own risk.
* VillainProtagonist: Doom and the Punisher.