Comic Book: Spider-Man 2099
was the first title of Marvel Comics
' Marvel 2099
Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist for the Mega Corp.
Alchemax, was working on a way to splice a person's genetic codes to give them superpowers. He bases his ideal creation on one of the heroic age's greatest super-heroes, Spider-Man
, hoping to create the ultimate "corporate raider". When an experiment goes awry, resulting in the death of the volunteer, Miguel decides to quit. However, his boss, Tyler Stone, tricks him into taking some Rapture
, a drug that bonds with the user's genetic structure, so they need it like they need air to breathe. As Alchemax is the only legal supplier of the drug, Stone believes Miguel will have no choice but to stay with Alchemax.
Refusing to accept this, Miguel sneaks into his lab that night, hoping to use his genetic imprint (Which he had used as a base in his experiments) to restore him to the way he was before. However, a jealous co-worker sees him and sabotages the machinery, hoping to kill him. Instead, Miguel emerges with the Spider-Man code, having gained fangs, claws, and enhanced strength and vision.
After being forced to run from Alchemax security, Miguel finds himself chased by Venture, a Cyborg
sent by Stone to capture him so he can be studied. Donning an outfit he wore for a Day of the Dead festival, Miguel takes on Venture, and beats him, signalling the beginning of his career as the Spider-Man of 2099.
Although Miguel started off looking for a cure for his condition, he soon realised the horrors Alchemax and the other megacorps had caused the world, and made it his mission to make things better.
Spider-Man 2099 was by far the most prolific Marvel 2099 title, with the character surviving long after the franchise's end, appearing in such series as Exiles
. After guest-starring in the Superior Spider-Man
series, Miguel gained a brand new series in 2014, which showcases Miguel's attempts to prevent Alchemax from becoming the company its known as in the future. As a result of Secret Wars (2015)
, the title will be renamed Secret Wars 2099
and focus on a 2099 version of The Avengers
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The original series contains examples of:
- Black and Gray Morality: Miguel was this at first, though his view improved over time.
- Cain and Abel: Miguel's half-brother, Kron Stone, becomes Venom 2099.
- Played with in Miguel's half-brother, Gabe. Gabe was originally set up by Peter David as a red herring for the identity of Goblin 2099, but it became canon due to Executive Meddling, playing this trope straight with Miguel and Gabe battling each other. However, 2099: Manifest Destiny later Retconned it so Goblin was a shape-shifter assuming Gabe's identity, averting this trope.
- Canon Immigrant: John Tensen, A.K.A. Justice from Marvel's New Universe line is brought into the 2099-verse by an Alchemax scientist.
- Miguel himself is one in the second series, being as he is now in the "mainstream" Marvel Universe.
- Chosen One: Spider-Man 2099 is called the "Herald of Thor", and is prophesied to save the world. Turns out he really was the Chosen One, and was the third person to wield Thor’s Hammer (with Captain America being second.)
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Miguel is this to the original Spider-Man; Whilst Peter Parker was reserved, and Spidey a wisecracker, Miguel is the opposite, mouthing off as a civilian, while not talking much in his heroic identity.
"Pretty much every place where Stan (Lee) zigged, I zagged... whereas Peter Parker is a high school student, Miguel is a fully-realized adult working in a laboratory. Whereas Peter was shy and reticent and didn’t know how to talk to girls but talky and outgoing as Spider-Man, Miguel O’Hara was a fully-confident wiseacre with a fiancée…and as Spider-Man, relatively mute."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tyler Stone (And most of the other corporation heads).
- Crapsack World: The Earth is this under Alchemax and the other big corporations.
- Deadpan Snarker: Peter David writes this series. It's a given. However, Miguel is only snarky when he's not wearing the costume.
- Evil Twin: Flipside; he was an inactive Super-Adaptoid with files on various supers, and becomes a combination of Spider-Man and Venom after scanning Miguel. He didn't recognize the new hero, so he turned into the closest approximation of him that he could based on appearance. Oh, and he's pretty much Deadpool.
- Fantastic Drug: Rapture is a legal designer drug developed by (and exclusive to) the Alchemax corporation, 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."
- The Chameleon is reimagined as a designer drug that alters the user's DNA and allows largely uncontrollable shapeshifting that, more often than not, results in a slow and agonizing death. It's so volatile that even Alchemax (it's creator) wants nothing more to do with it.
- Future Slang: "Shock", the 2099 equivalent of "fuck".
- Hot-Blooded: Mig (What do you expect, with him being half-Irish and half-Mexican?)
- I Am A Humanitarian: The Vulture of 2099 is a cannibal.
- Insufferable Genius: Miguel has this air when he first appears.
- It's Personal: A Public Eye officer goes against Stone's orders and has his squad fire on Miguel, due to the fact that Miguel had badly cut up his son (also a PE officer) a few weeks before with his talons.
- Legacy Character: Besides the title character, there are also 2099 equivalents of Spider-Man foes like the Vulture, Venom, Green Goblin, Chameleon, and... Namor.
- Locked into Strangeness: Miguel's accident gave him talons on his fingers and toes, enhanced eyesight (which makes bright lights a problem) and fangs. He learns to retract the talons, but can't do anything about the fangs.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: While eavesdropping on his mother and Tyler Stone, Miguel learns that Stone is his biological father.
- Mega Corp.: Alchemax (among others).
- My God, What Have I Done?: Miguel briefly experiences this after he lashes out at the Specialist (An agent of Stark-Fujikawa sent to attack him), slitting his throat.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Miguel tried to remove the Rapture in his system, Aaron Delgato, Miguel's supervisor, 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.
- Not Quite Flight: Miguel's cape is made of a material called "light byte" that allows him to catch wind currents and lessen his descents.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Kron Stone first appeared in The Punisher 2099. After Jake Gallows stabbed and left him for dead in a sewer, the Venom symbiote found and bonded with him, and Kron went after Miguel.
- Sarcastic Confession: When Miguel's brother, Gabriel, asks him why he's mumbling, Miguel tells him it's because he's grown fangs, and if he opens his mouth too widely, Gabriel will see them. Gabriel thinks he's just making a bad joke.
- Scary Scorpions: In the Timestorm 2009–2099 crossover, an alternate version of Kron Stone is transformed into a scorpion-like monster.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Miguel is particularly fond of the all-purpose "shock".
- Super Reflexes: Unlike his namesake, Spider-Man 2099 does not have a Spider-Sense 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 Spider-Sense, it's limited by what his senses are focused on, and he could still be caught flat-footed.
- The version of Miguel, by coincidence in his late teens, who appears in Timestorm, however, does have the Spider-Sense in addition to the regular Miguel's powers.
- Title by Number: Like all the titles in the Marvel 2099 family.
- Twofer Token Minority: Miguel is of both Irish and Mexican descent.
- The Unfavorite: Miguel's mother prefers his younger brother, Gabriel (She admires Spider-Man, though).
- Ungrateful Bastard: When Miguel saves the Specialist from falling, the Specialist doesn't halt his attack, instead chiding Miguel for having no killing edge.
- Whole Episode Flashback: The first three issues revolve around Miguel reciting his origin to his holographic computer, Lyla.
The 2014 series provides examples of:
- Back for the Dead: The Miguel from Exiles returns in issue #5... only for Morlun to effortlessly kill him.
- Bad Future: When Miguel gets back to his own time, it's a future where Maestro, the future Hulk, rules what's left of humanity. Alchemax ended up doing something that led to nukes flying and blew everything up.
- Batter Up: Punisher 2099 versus Morlun's brother Daimos, who states that a baseball bat won't do anything to him. Jake points out that it's made of titanium. It still doesn't do much, though.
- BFG: Gabe O'Hara just so happens to have one of these in his apartment. Apparently his ex left it there, just in case.
- Cassandra Truth: When asked who he is by people in the modern day, Miguel just tells them the truth.
- Cover Identity Anomaly: Liz Allen takes less than a day to figure out that Miguel's the most likely candidate to be Spider-Man 2099, because his Social Security Number belongs to a dead man, and none of his other credentials check out.
- Cross Through: Miguel shows up in the final issue of All-New X-Factor, where it turns out a character from there is an old acquaintance of Miguel's, and a former employee of Alchemax, out to destroy the company before it was ever made, using the heroes of the modern age.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Maestro vs Spider-Man 2099. It goes as exactly how you would expect it to.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: So far Miguel hasn't yet played this straight in vol 2. He doesn't seem too bothered being eighty-five years in the past, or confused by it.
- Grandfather Paradox: Miguel tries to stop Tyler Stone from traveling back in time to ensure the creation of Alchemax, and then has to stop the Superior Spider-Man from killing his grandfather Tiberius.
- I Lied: Miguel, when he admits he had no idea what the forcefield holding Daemos would do when he broke free.
- It Runs in the Family: You only need to be around Tiberius Stone for about five seconds to see where his son got it from.
Hard to believe he's my grandfather. (Beat
) No, wait. It's pretty easy.
- Insane Troll Logic: T.O.T.E.M. sends a man to kill Miguel for illegal time-travel, rather than, say, just sending him back to his own time. Miguel even calls the guy out on it. The guy's basic response to Miguel calling his orders insane was "I know. Go argue with the law."
- Jerkass: Tiberius Stone, and Liz Allen.
- Neck Snap: Morlun disposes of an alternate version of Miguel's father like this.
- Sarcastic Confession: Whenever Miguel lets something slip that would tip off a person that there's something off about him, he simply admits he's from the future. By the end of issue #2 he's gained a bit of a rep as a jokester when it comes to these kinds of things.
- Sunglasses at Night: Miguel wears shades all the time, due to his enhanced eyesight.
- Trapped in the Past: Miguel begins the series stuck in the Marvel 616 universe and trying to undermine the nascent Alchemax. And when he does get back to the future, it's an alternate one because Alchemax ended up destroying the world.
- Zeerust: Invoked when Miguel tries to look "futuristic" to Liz Allen, donning something that wouldn't look out of place in TRON to sell the idea.