We all know that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the latest installment of the entire Spider-Man Universe by Sony, and that means that we are set to see more versions of the web-crawling superhero in this film. Of course, one of the versions of Spider-Man that we are going to see in the upcoming movie is Spider-Man 2099. But there are those who believe that he could be the villain of the movie. So, is Spider-Man 2099 evil?
Spider-Man 2099 is not an evil Spider-Man and is not the villain of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. However, he will be one of the Spider-Man characters that Miles Morales is going to end up clashing with in the movie. And Spider-Man 2099 has always been regarded as a serious Spider-Man.
The fact that there are many different versions of Spider-Man is the reason why they all have different personalities. Of course, Spider-Man 2099 is unique because how he is so much more serious than most of the Spider-Men that we know. That is probably the reason why he may come off as evil. That said, let’s learn more about Spider-Man 2099 and his role in Across the Spider-Verse.
Who Is Spider-Man 2099?
After the massive success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which was the start of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, people were excited about the announcement of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which will be split into two parts. We’ve already seen the trailer, and one of the versions of Spider-Man that we saw was Spider-Man 2099. So, who is Spider-Man 2099?
Spider-Man 2099 is named Miguel O’Hara, who made his comic book debut back in 1992 and earned his own comic book series. He was the character that started the entire Marvel 2099 comic book series.
In the comics that he appeared in, society had lost its superheroes after a big civil war had wiped out all of them. As such, the planet continued on without superheroes, as it was already the year 2099. Society was able to clean itself up without the help of superheroes. However, even though heroes were no longer around, the people of 2099 worshiped Thor as a religious figure that they believed would return and become their prophesized savior.
Miguel O’Hara was a scientist that worked for a corrupt company called Alchemax. Due to the corrupt nature of the company, the boss himself got Miguel addicted to a drug so that he would not quit his job. Of course, due to this, Miguel started working on a genetic experiment that was meant to recreate the procedure that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man a long time ago. As such, he decided to try to rewrite his DNA using a backup of his DNA before he became addicted to the drug.
But the problem was that his experiment was sabotaged, as his DNA was merged with spider DNA. This allowed him to grow talons and fangs that were similar to a spider’s own features. Miguel eventually ran into a street prophet that told him that he could be the second coming of Spider-Man and that his transformation was going to usher in a new age of heroes, as Spider-Man himself was close to the original Thor. As such, they came to believe that Miguel’s transformation was going to lead to the prophesized return of Thor, who was said to be their savior.
Eventually, a new age of superheroes did emerge after Miguel started taking on the identity of Spider-Man. Several 2099 versions of classic characters, such as Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and Ghost Rider, emerged during Spider-Man 2099’s timeline. Of course, Thor also returned, but he was simply an ordinary man that was given Thor’s powers by Alchemax and was brainwashed into believing that he was the genuine Thor.
Miguel’s story as Spider-Man 2099 ended when he became worthy to lift the genuine Mjolnir, which slowed his aging. He spent the next 1,000 years building a utopia on Earth. But while his character arc did indeed end, Spider-Man 2099 eventually started appearing in other comic book series as well due to the fact that dimension-hopping is a thing in Marvel. That is also the reason why he is set to appear in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Is Spider-Man 2099 Evil?
As mentioned, Spider-Man 2099 is set to be one of the Spider-Men to appear in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. However, we did see him in the trailer on the opposite side of a battle against Miles Morales. So, does that mean Spider-Man 2099 is evil?
There was never a point in the Spider-Man 2099 comics where Miguel O’Hara was actually evil. Of course, the Spider-Man 2099 storyline is a bit darker compared to the mainline 616 Marvel universe. But the fact is that Spider-Man 2099 is not an evil version of the web-slinging character. He wouldn’t be able to be worthy enough to wield Mjolnir if he was actually evil.
The thing about Miguel O’Hara is that he is a more serious version of Spider-Man due to the things that happened to him. Of course, he also lived in an era where the superheroes of old no longer existed. As such, it is easy for him to be quite apprehensive of the fact that other characters were dressed as Spider-Man during the events of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
In the trailer, it was clear that he didn’t like the fact that Miles was dressed as Spider-Man, and that’s because Miguel knew that he was the only Spider-Man during his own timeline. That means that he is set to be one of the characters that Miles Morales’ version of Spider-Man will go up against in the storyline.
Of course, another reason why some people would think that Spider-Man 2099 is evil is the fact that he doesn’t have the sense of humor that has always been equated with Spider-Man, regardless of who is under the mask. Characters like Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Gwen Stacy all know how to let loose and crack a few jokes here and there during their run as Spider-Man. But the fact that Miguel has always been a serious person is the reason why he isn’t your usual friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Is Spider-Man The Villain Of Across The Spider-Verse?
One of the things that we do know about Spider-Man 2099 is that he will be one of the characters that Miles Morales will be clashing with during the events of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. But while we do know that he isn’t the villain of the movie, does that still mean that he is the villain of Across the Spider-Verse?
As of this writing, we already know from the official synopsis that Miles and Gwen are set to deal with a greater threat that is set to emerge in the multiverse. The same synopsis also says that they are going to clash with the other Spider-Men of the other universes, and that means that Spider-Man 2099 is not the only Spider-Man that they will be fighting in the movie.
Of course, while Spider-Man 2099 is clearly apprehensive of the fact that Miles is wearing a Spider-Man suit, there is a reason to believe that he isn’t the main villain. He could be a minor villain in the sense that Miles is set to clash with him. But that doesn’t mean that he is the true villain that is set to threaten the entire universe. And that’s because we already know that the real villain of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is The Spot.
Introduced as a character from the comics, The Spot is actually an entity that has the ability to manipulate portals using dark energy, and that is why he can access the multiverse at will. And because the entire Sony Spider-Man Universe dwells on a storyline that focuses on different Spider-Man versions from different universes, it makes sense that the true villain is someone that is capable of opening portals from one universe to another.
The choice of using The Spot as the main villain of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was quite questionable to a lot of different fans because of the fact that he isn’t even one of the most well-known characters in the comics. In fact, he is an obscure villain that not a lot of fans are familiar with. But the fact that he was chosen to be the main villain of the entire franchise makes sense when it comes to what this storyline is all about.
In that regard, The Spot could be the reason why Miles Morales will end up clashing with different versions of Spider-Man from different universes. Of course, as we’ve already discussed, he will clash with Spider-Man 2099, who isn’t necessarily the friendliest character when it comes to other superheroes due to the fact that he came from a darker universe that didn’t have any other superhero before he came.