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Spider-Man 2099 was the first title of Marvel Comics' Marvel 2099 venture.

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 and makes them highly addicted. 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 genetic code imprinted on him, 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 realized the horrors Alchemax and other corporations had caused in 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 it's known as in the future. As a result of Secret Wars (2015), the title was temporarily renamed Secret Wars 2099 and focused on a 2099 version of The Avengers. With the conclusion of Secret Wars 2099, the book was relaunched under its previous title, with a new Parker Industries-made costume for Miguel. This third volume lasted for twenty-five issues.


He also made a rather unexpected appearance in The Stinger of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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     The original series contains examples of: 
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The new Spider-man is half-Mexican, half-Irish.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Flipside, an android created back during the Heroic Age that was designed to mimic the powers of the first superhuman it came into contact with. That ends up being Spider-Man 2099, whose powers aren't exactly like classic Spider-Man, therefore it ends up mimicking the powers of the original Spider-Man and Venom.
  • Ax-Crazy: Flipside. Maybe it was laying around for however many years and being unable to fulfill its programming, but the android is completely nuts in both speaking patterns and mannerisms.
  • Back from the Dead: Vulture 2099, who Spider-Man lets fall to his death early on in the series, but shows up alive and well over 20 issues later with no explanation.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The O'Haras and Stones.
    • The father George O'Hara was a short-tempered man who was using physical punishment on his sons, and barely acknowledged Gabriel's existence while pushing Miguel to be perfect (especially messed-up once you realise that Miguel is not even related to him). It got to the point that Miguel hoped the man would grow really old just to suffer from all the perils and indignation of his advanced age.
    • The mother Conchata is outright mad (though the exact mental illness is unspecified), has Miguel as The Unfavorite, and is not above committing crimes. She has even has attempted both murder and suicide. And that's without getting into her past with Tyler Stone.
    • Miguel is a very troubled individual who has very strained relationships with his family (outright calls his mother crazy and wanted his father to suffer, while he barely gets along with his Gabriel), was this close to becoming a Corrupt Corporate Executive and then he finds out that his biological father is his greatest nemesis. Which has its own baggage right there.
    • Gabriel has a much better relationship with his mother, but is constantly at odds with Miguel due to their messed-up dating lives (Miguel has stolen Gabriel's girlfriend at least once) and extremely different life choices - the two barely stay in contact prior to the series. And then it turns out that he's the Green Goblin, while he knew that his brother is Spider-man.
    • Tyler Stone was Conchita's original lover and Miguel's biological father. He's the Big Bad of the series - a Corrupt Corporate Executive of the highest order - and is not above making Miguel addicted to an extremely dangerous drug just to keep him in his company (even if it turned out that was faked). He also doesn't form any real emotional attachments - while he claims one of his girlfriend s made him happy, he does not hesitate to order the execution of his own son Kron.
    • Kron Stone was a pathetic and entitled bully as a kid, regularly humiliating and attacking Miguel, and that got even worse as he grew up. He ends up bonded with the Venom Symbiote and wants revenge on his father for discarding him. He also tries to kill Miguel several times, apparently unaware that they're related.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Miguel was this at first, allowing Vulture 2099 to fall to his death, though his view improved over time.
  • The Bully: Kron Stone.
  • The Bus Came Back: Early in the issues a transdimensional portal coughs out the Prophet, a man with mysterious psionic powers. He leaves to Walk the Earth, but comes back several issues later (after the whole Venom debacle), accompanying Xina in her travels. And then they both vanish again.
  • 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 shapeshifter assuming Gabe's identity, averting this trope.
  • Can Only Move the Eyes: The result of being bitten by Miguel's fangs.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Following Spider-Man 2099 returning after the Age of Ultron, Peter David retconned everything that happened after he left the team behind Volume 1 when writing Volume 2 and Volume 3.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • John Tensen, A.K.A. Justice from Marvel's The 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: Miguel tries to tell his mother that he's Spider-man, but she does not believe him.
  • Censor Shadow: Miguel comes out of the genetic resequencer naked, and spends half an issue wearing nothing but an open labcoat and some very convenient shading.
  • 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.)
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Miguel's brother Gabriel quotes this to Miguel in issue #4, having been quoted it himself by his new girlfriend Kasey. Miguel initially scoffs at the idea, but after Kasey is kidnapped right in front of him after he failed to act, he starts to see the truth in it (after a fashion):
    Miguel: Wrong. Completely wrong. With great power comes great guilt.
  • 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. His creator, Peter David, explicitly took this approach.
    "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).
  • Corporate Samurai: The Specialist, happily leaning heavily on the "samurai" part. Also, Miguel's old job was basically to design guys like this.
  • Crapsack World: The Earth is this under Alchemax and the other big corporations.
  • Cue the Rain: Miguel has just found out that Tyler Stone, the man he hates more than anyone else in the world, is not only his father, but Stone never actually slipped the drug Rapture into his drink. This means that Miguel was never addicted to the drug and he therefore had no need to experiment on himself in order to kick the addiction. Thus, he never had to become Spider-Man at all. Naturally, this is when it starts to rain.
    Miguel: I turned into a spider freak to shake an addiction I never had. My entire life is a lie. Lord in Heaven, what else can happen to m— Cue the Rain
  • Deadpan Snarker: Peter David writes this series. It's a given. However, Miguel is only snarky when he's not wearing the costume.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Flipside towards Spider-Man. When Miguel rejects it, Flipside immediately tries to kill him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dana for Miguel.
  • Dirty Coward: How Xina viewed Miguel when they were kids at school, when Miguel never took the chance to stand up to Kron Stone. Turned on its head however when you consider that Miguel never did so because he was afraid that Kron wouldn't ever actually get expelled from the school due to his actions. Therefore, in the event that he did stand up to Kron, Miguel assumed that he would be stuck with him at school for the next few years, making it more of a pick-your-battles kind of thing than outright cowardice. And considering who Kron's father is, this isn't a bad assumption on his part. Miguel eventually gets over it; however, when Kron assaults Xina and later attempts to kill Miguel with a knife, fighting back against the other boy and testifying against him in a trial. However, he's almost proven right, when Tyler Stone steps in to strongarm the school into keeping Kron on. If not for the headmistress standing up to him, Miguel's prior assumptions would have proven true.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: How Miguel reacts after various civilians turn on him when Goblin 2099 convinces them that he's a corporate stooge, pointing out the number of times that he's fought on their side and defended them from corporations like Alchemax.
  • Easily Forgiven: Miguel and Dana carry on an affair behind Gabriel's back for three weeks and he's rightfully angry about it when he finds out from Xina. Miguel telling him that the relationship was already over and Xina telling him that it was dull also didn't help matters. Yet he almost immediately forgives both of them when Dana asks him to forgive Miguel, stating that she doesn't want to see the bond between brothers destroyed.
  • 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.
  • Exact Words: Tyler Stone talks Gabriel down, after he's pointed a gun at a bunch of officers, partially through mentioning that he won't even be arrested. After Gabriel has surrendered his gun, Stone then specifically tells the guards not to arrest him as he's walking away. He didn't say they couldn't brutally beat him, however.
  • 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 (its creator) wants nothing more to do with it.
  • Female Gaze: Part of the reason why Kasey is attracted to Spider-Man is because in her own words he has the tightest ass she's ever seen.
  • Foreshadowing: It's eventually revealed that Miguel's boss, Tyler Stone, is actually his biological father. While this comes as a complete surprise to him, there are a few hints earlier in the series to this revelation, such as the fact that Stone refers to a young Miguel as son and personally arrives to pick him up to take him to the Alchemax School for Gifted Youngsters, which is noted to be unusual.
  • Future Slang: "Shock", the 2099 equivalent of "fuck".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Miguel is much more mutated than Peter ever was; on top of the unnatural speed, agility, strength and Healing Factor, his eyes have turned red and are very sensitive to light, he was talons on each finger and tow, he has poisonous fangs and actual glands for shooting webs (unlike Peter who had to make both his web-shooters and the fluid). He is very upset with all the changes, openly calling himself a freak.
  • Hell Is That Noise: As always, the Venom symbiote remains vulnerable to sound and once Spider-Man discovers this it quickly loses any edge it had over him.
  • 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.
  • I Have No Idea What I'm Doing: Miguel in the early issues. He not only has no idea how to use his powers, he also has no real plan as to what he wants to do with them. He mostly just reacts to events as they happen. Eventually he gets into the swing of being a hero and a symbol of hope to the people.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Miguel's eventual goal is to turn himself back to normal; while he is getting increasingly comfortable with his powers, he makes it quite clear that he does not want them.
  • I'll Kill You!: Conchata O'Hara threatens to do this to Tyler Stone if he ever reveals to Miguel that he is his real father. Unknowingly to both parties however, Conchata just revealed this to Miguel herself, since he was listening in on the conversation.
  • 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. As well as legacy heroes like Thor, Captain America and The Punisher.
  • Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: The Trope Namer for this, the poem by Percy Shelley, is referenced and nearly recited in full word for word after Doom's fall in front of the destroyed White House. Could also be applied to the 2099 setting itself where the heroes of the Heroic Age, for all their glory and power, are now little more than footnotes in history, with most of them having faded into obscurity altogether.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Miguel is in love with and engaged to Dana D'Angelo, who was dating his younger brother Gabriel when they originally got together, when Miguel was already with Xina Kwan. Early on Gabriel still shows signs of having feelings for Dana and they even share a kiss, but he is already in a relationship, and in love with, Kasey Nash, who later breaks up with him after she falls in love with Spider-Man, which is Miguel's secret identity. The Miguel/Dana side of things is resolved when Dana is tragically killed and Miguel later gets back together with Xina, after which the two get married.
  • 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, and his eyes are a vivid shade of red, requiring that he wear tinted glasses to conceal them. He explains the sensitivity to light as a side effect of Rapture when questioned by Tyler Stone.
  • Love at First Sight: Miguel towards Dana, even though he was with Xina at the time.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: While eavesdropping on his mother and Tyler Stone, Miguel learns that Stone is his biological father.
  • Made of Indestructium: Flipside apparently. Not only did it survive in perfect condition for decades, it also effortlessly repairs itself after getting shot full of holes and getting blown apart by Spider-Man.
  • Mega-Corp: Alchemax (among others).
  • Memento Macguffin: It's eventually revealed that Lyla, the holographic assistant in Miguel's apartment, is this. She was designed based off of a tattoo that his former girlfriend Xina had of Marilyn Monroe. Miguel is shown to be fairly attached to her throughout the series, wanting her to be repaired after she malfunctions and attempts to kill him and Dana, even though his brother points out it would be much easier to simply get a new assistant.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Miguel has a Spanish first name and an Irish last name (O'Hara), reflecting his heritage.
  • Murder by Mistake: A group of police officers fatally shoot Dana when they shot Venom 2099 and their bullets went right through him, hitting her.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Early on, the AI in Miguel's apartment offers to change her appearance and switches between 3 or 4 different ones. The last one that offers to make him some warm milk and brownies looks exactly like Aunt May. After a not so subtle moment of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, when Miguel looks directly at the reader, he tells her that he doesn't like that option.
    • Issue #4 features Gabriel telling Miguel that "with great power must come great responsibility". Miguel later turns this on its head by saying his brother was wrong. "With great power comes great guilt".
    • When Miguel takes over Tyler's position in Alchemax, he begins looking around for someone to fill the role of his bodyguard. No one wants the job except one lady named April, who also happens to look exactly like Aunt May.
    • In issue #45, before running off to deal with a threat, Miguel claims that "this looks like a job for everybody's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man", even mentioning that it has a nice ring to it.
    • Issue #46 sees Miguel referring to himself as the "shockin sensational Spider-Man".
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Mig's costume is made out of unstable molecule fabric (the same material as the costumes of the Fantastic Four), which allows him to use his talons without tearing it, and protects him against knives and guns (though he still feels the impact of the attacks). However, the costume was actually for the Day of the Dead festival; the UMF feature was to protect it if things got rowdy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Due to just having had a run-in with his sister Risque, Miguel is already on edge the second time he meets Venture. He therefore immediately begins attacking the other man, assuming that Venture is attempting to capture him for Alchemax again. Only, as Venture reveals at the fight's conclusion, he wasn't. While he'd spent months since their last fight being angry at Spider-Man, as he himself notes, he had a lifetime of hatred towards his sister and was happy Spider-Man had defeated her. He mentions that had Spider-Man only listened to him they might have become friends, but because of his assault he'll be looking to kill Miguel the next time they meet.
    • Had Miguel not given Alchemax's officers the go ahead to use lethal force against Venom 2099, it is likely that Dana wouldn't have died, since using said force against Venom is what resulted in her death. Of course, seeing as she had been captured by Venom, she may have very well died anyways and not using lethal force against a monster like Venom would be pretty dumb.
  • 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.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After Kron Stone has been captured and stripped of the Venom Symbiote he initially refuses to give Alchemax any information on the Symbiote and mocks Miguel over the deaths of innocent people and Dana. Miguel responds by releasing Tyler from his cell and stating that if he can beat Miguel in a fight he can walk away a free man. Kron jumps at the offer. Naturally, he loses and it ends with Miguel beating him to a pulp, even after he's down.
  • Not So Different: It's seeing that there's a human inside the Venom symbiote that breaks Spider-Man out of his murderous rage and, along with Venom's begging, makes him think twice about killing him. Tyler Stone also believes this of him and Miguel, that they both destroy the people closest to them. Miguel vehemently denies this however.
  • 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.
  • Offing the Offspring: Tyler Stone attempts to do this with Kron after the whole Venom business is over, pointing out that Kron is little more than a lab animal since he was declared legally dead and that lab specimens are disposed of all the time. The only thing that saves Kron is that Tyler no longer has any authority at Alchemax when he gives the order.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Miguel runs into this after a strange adventure where he came across an old friend in the middle of the desert, along with a recently deceased friend, and a bunch of strange vampire bat-type bikers. The adventure started with the implication that it was just another part of 2099's strangeness. When it's over, however, Miguel wakes up on the side of the road as if it never happened, but he does find a barb that one of the bat bikers had in his dream, implying that it might have happened to some extent.
  • The Paralyzer: Miguel becomes this through the fangs he grows in his mouth.
  • The Paranoiac: Kron Stone, who at school was under the impression that Xina and Miguel were plotting against him, when Miguel really wanted nothing to do with Kron since he was a bully and he was certain that Kron would be protected from any actual punishment due to his father's authority.
  • Patricide: Attempted anyways. Kron Stone reveals that after bonding to the Venom Symbiote he was forced to retreat back into the sewer, after faking his own death, since he was so exhausted. He then returned to the surface when he heard his father was in the hospital, since he wanted to take "one last try at killing him".
  • Pet the Dog: Tyler Stone, who has shown no redeeming qualities thus far, sheds a tear when he finds out about Dana's death. He was dating her at the time.
  • Poisonous Person: Venom 2099, with the Symbiote having mutated to the point that it now secrets acid through touch.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: What Miguel hopes to be and strives to be after taking over for Tyler Stone as the head of Alchemax's Research and Development Division.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Miguel obtains red irises after the experiment and he's certainly one of the most dangerous people in his verse.
  • 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.
  • The Quiet One: Miguel when in Spider-man mode. He barely talks, if at all. Lampshaded in one of the crossovers with the original Spider-man, where one of the rogues comments that "it's a nice change of pace".
  • Sadistic Choice: Venom 2099 forces Miguel into this, asking him to pick who will live and who will die between Dana and Xina.
  • 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 Scorpion 2099 rather than Venom. A chemical incident mutates him into a hideous, possibly mindless scorpion-like monster.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Gabriel for Miguel, as he realizes his brother is Spider-Man at the start of the series, but doesn't tell him until much later. Tyler Stone later claims the same thing in issue #44. Gabriel explains how he figured it out, which is hinted at from the series start, Tyler however never does. Miguel also wonders in the same issue, when he reveals his powers to Tyler and his mother, whether his mother always knew as well.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Miguel is particularly fond of the all-purpose "shock".
  • The Sociopath: Tyler Stone. He pretended to get Miguel hooked to rapture, a drug that instantly hooks the user for life, in order to force him to continue working for Alchemax, the only company that provides the drug. The fact he was only pretending to do this, but made Miguel believe he was completely serious, possibly makes this all the worse. He flushed his son's ashes down a toilet, set up Spider-Man to kill The Specialist, shows a blatant disregard for the lives of other people on a regular basis, and, based on a conversation with Conchata O'Hara, murdered his own wife. Little surprise that his son Kron ended up as an entitled bully who has no qualms with attempted murder.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: Miguel, Xina, Gabriel, and Kasey all experience this to some extent when they return from Mexico, having spent the Day of the Dead there. They find that Doom has taken control of the White House as President, Miguel is offered Tyler Stone's old job as head of Alchemax's Research and Development department, Dana and Tyler are dating, and Spider-Man is no longer such a wanted man with Doom wanting to work with him.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: Doubles with Bungled Suicide for Conchata. She gets as far as holding the gun to her head and pulling the trigger, but a later issue reveals that she missed on purpose, having decided to live with her actions (she shot Tyler Stone and thought she'd killed him) and stand before a court of law to explain them.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Miguel is forced to wear them as his eyes are too sensitive to light.
  • 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.
  • Super Senses: Eyesight, in particular. Miguel has accelerated perception - something that completely throws him off initially - and Innate Night Vision. The latter however means that he's very sensitive to light, forcing him to wear Sunglasses at Night (and day) and keep the lighting in bis apartment at minimum.
  • Tempting Fate: Right after the whole affair with the Atlanteans...
    Miguel: God, what a day. How could it possibly get any worse?
    Conchita (pointing s gun at Tyler Stone): Not now, Miguel. Mother's conference.
    Miguel: Uh boy.
  • 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). It's telling that before she attempts to commit suicide, she leaves a message explaining why to Gabriel and not Miguel. Though by the end of the series, her relationship with Miguel has improved somewhat, with her admitting she has a lot to make up for in regards to him. And when she does die, her last words are that she loved both her sons.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: The reason that Miguel is The Unfavorite, as he always suspected. However, he's only half-right. As he later finds out, his mother doesn't dislike him because she fears he'll turn out like her husband, George O'Hara, but because she believes she sees him growing more and more like his real father everyday, Tyler Stone.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When Miguel saves the Specialist from falling, the Specialist doesn't halt his attack, instead chiding Miguel for having no killing edge.
  • Unwanted False Faith: Almost as soon as he shows up as Spider-Man, people begin hailing Miguel as the harbinger of Thor and the first sign of a new golden age. Eventually, he begins using this to help him in a few tight spots.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: At first, Tyler Stone wanted Spider-Man to be taken in alive, so Alchemax could study and replicate his powers. He even had the Public Eye officer who ordered his squad to fire on Spidey "fired... with prejudice" when it looked like his actions had killed Spider-Man.
  • Villains Want Mercy: After everything he has done, killing countless number of people, including Dana, Venom 2099 resorts to begging for mercy when Spider-Man finally defeats him.
  • Walk the Earth: Miguel does this for a while after finding out Tyler Stone is his father. Doubles as a Journey to Find Oneself.
  • Where It All Began: Dana ends up dying beside Miguel right outside the club where the two of them first met.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The first three issues revolve around Miguel reciting his origin to his holographic computer, Lyla.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Miguel began hooking up with Dana, his younger brother's girlfriend, when he was still with Xina. May even run in the family, since Miguel's mother had an affair with Tyler Stone, while married to her husband, which produced Miguel.

     The 2014 series provides examples of: 
  • All According to Plan: Hurrah, Miguel manages to fix Doom's time-machine, escape the Maestro and return to the present. Just like the Maestro wanted.
  • Back for the Dead: The Miguel from Exiles returns in issue #5... only for Morlun to effortlessly kill him.
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Volume 3, Miguel is killed by Tempest thanks to a psychic suggestion set up by Tyler Stone. However, he's warped back to 2099 and resurrected by Doctor Strange 2099.
  • 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 Daemos, 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: During the Civil War II crossover, versions of the 2099 Defenders and Avengers (from Secret Wars) appear, along with Daredevil, Moon Knight and some of the X-Men.
  • Call-Back: Miguel recognizes the Maestro from the encounter with him in Peter David's Captain Marvel.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Everything that happened in Vol. 1 after Peter David left is completely disregarded, as the amount of Time Travel involved means that Alternate Universe is in play.
  • 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.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Miguel curing Tempest of her cancer inadvertently turned her into a mutate bug monster that wants to eat him.
  • 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.
  • Disaster Scavengers: Miguel runs into a pair almost immediately on his return to 2099.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Inhuman Gloriana is a golden Reality Warper with power to move things through time and space. Her name is even a feminine version of Glorian's.
  • Everyone Is a Tomato: The Power Pack and J.J.J of 2099 Miguel meets in the Civil War II crossover are all deep-cover Skrulls.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Miguel doesn't play this straight in vol 2. He doesn't seem too bothered being eighty-five years in the past, or confused by it. Though he doesn't know what The Wizard of Oz is.
  • Foreshadowing: When Tempest gets turned into a spider-wasp monster, Lyla notes that this shouldn't have happened unless there was something going on with her already. After Secret Wars, it turns out her mother had superpowers.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • The T.O.T.E.M. assassin in issue 1 judges potential attackers and / or victims by their value to the timeline. If they or any potential unborn descendants of theirs are important, he won't kill them.
    • In the 2099 Miguel and Roberta Mendez visit in issues 14-16, that world's version of Roberta died when Alchemax tried to make her Captain America, and her husband / handler has become a reclusive wreck. Also, because of aforementioned dying, Roberta's kids weren't born.
  • Future Imperfect: The Hawkeye of 2099 is baffled when Hercules mentions that in ages past, people used to get the news on pieces of paper.
  • Get Out!: Tempest, after waking up to find Spidey in her apartment holding something he's just injected her with. Hard to blame her, really.
  • 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.
  • Hulking Out: Roberta Mendez, the Captain America of Secret Wars 2099, looks like an average woman most of the time. When her super-soldier serum kicks in, though, she quickly develops the build of a female weightlifter.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Early on in Vol. 3, Miguel goes to a Bad Future, and while there hears two attackers use Cosmic Marvel's handy all-purpose swear word "flark". Miguel, who liberally uses "shock", thinks this sounds ridiculous.
  • I Lied: Miguel, when he admits he had no idea what the forcefield holding Daemos would do when he broke free.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: Despite what it may initially appear; Miguel's original Spider-Man suit from the first 2099 run was black not blue, which has mislead many over the years including other artists. The reason why the suit looks blue was due to ink contrast limitations, as it was easier to print blues with blacks than it was to print blacks with greys.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Versions of the Sam Fisk Daredevil and Warda Wilson Deadpool exist in the Civil War II version of 2099, despite the fact the Marvel Knights 2099 and Deadpool 2099 realities are nothing like the "standard" 2099-verse or its alternates.
  • 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.
    Miguel: (after Tiberius leaves him behind to wait out a supervillain attack in his bunker) 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.
  • Lampshade Hanging: During the Spider-verse crossover, Lady Spider and Doctor Octopus get into a debate over the fact his group is called the Six of Sinistry. May points out that isn't a word (Ock insists it is).
  • Medium Awareness: Deadpool 2099's cameo in vol 3 issue 16 has her attempt at killing Skrull!Jonah Jameson spoiled by the issue ending, which she grumbles about.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Miguel versus the Maestro. Maestro's the one doing the mashing, hitting Miguel against the ground twelve times, and Miguel notes that, as powerful as he is, he could just as easily kill him. The only reason the Maestro is mashing him is for funsies.
  • Mistaken Identity: The Scorpion mistakes Miguel for the present day Spider-Man (which, considering Spider-Man had recently punched his jaw off, isn't good for Miguel).
  • My Beloved Smother: Tempest's mother is such a control freak that she makes Miguel think Tempest died after she and Miguel were caught in a terrorist attack that put Tempest into a coma. When she's in private, talking to her unconscious daughter, it's apparent that this is less about concern for Tempest's happiness than it is about having her own plans for Tempest's life. Later, though, it's revealed that her overprotective tendencies are because she herself has dangerous superpowers, and she wanted to keep Tempest from hurting somebody by accident if they turned out to be hereditary.
  • Neck Snap: Morlun disposes of an alternate version of Miguel's father like this.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The Doc Ock of Lady Spider's world uses a radioactive backpack, but since he lives in the 1800s, he has no idea about how nuclear safety works, and has given himself a fatal dose of radiation
  • Oh, Crap!: Miguel, in issue 9, after getting thrown into a cell and realizing he's sharing it with Doctor Strange 2099.
  • Retcon: Back in vol. 1, it was stated that cancer was still around in 2099, when an Alchemax scientist got fired for trying to sell a cure for free. In vol. 2, Miguel is able to acquire a cure when he returns to his own time, with the scientist claiming it's been kicking around since the 2040s.
  • 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.
  • Spotting the Thread: Liz Allen realizes Spidey 2099 must be an Alchemax employee in issue 1, because he appeared inside the Alchemax building without breaking in, and while he could have just been someone visiting, she notes this is too unlikely.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Miguel wears shades all the time, both due to his enhanced eyesight which makes him sensitive to bright lights, and to hide his deep red irises.
  • Tempting Fate: The Kraven of the Six of Sinistry declares that Miguel cannot break through the glass of his steampunk mecha's porthole. Miguel then proceeds to smash it with one punch.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Miguel's attempts to fix the future by changing the past result in a series of Bad Futures that converge thanks to the Hand cherrypicking supervillains.
  • 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.
    • Roberta Mendez (a.k.a. Captain America 2099) joins him in the present day after Secret Wars (2015), but thanks to her mental conditioning, she has no idea that she's temporally displaced or separated from her family when she isn't in hero-mode.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Miguel ends up helping Maestro get back to the past.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Tempest says this about Miguel's. She is, admittedly, very drunk at the time.
  • 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.


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