Back in the hallowed 90s, Marvel Comics decided that one era of heroes wasn’t good enough, so they decided to take readers to the future, the year 2099 to be precise. Punisher, Doctor Doom, The Hulk, Ghost Rider, The X-Men, all had doppelgangers 100 years after the existence of the present day Marvel Universe, but naturally, the most popular was Spider-Man 2099. And because everything old is new again, we’re going to revisit the world of 2099 when Peter David brings the 2099 Spidey, and his alter ego Miguel O’Hara, to the present day in the all-new Spider-Man 2099.
The new series will follow-up on the Superior Spider-Man storyline where Miguel is stranded in the present day after time anomalies brought him to present day New York from the future. Stuck in the past, and in need of a job, Miguel becomes the assistant to his grandfather’s younger self at the nascent start-up that will become the future evil corporate empire known as Alchemax.
“Miguel becomes determined to try and transform his grandfather, Tiberius Stone into a decent guy in the hopes that it will wind up informing the raising of Tyler Stone, and perhaps make him a better person,” said David in an interview with Marvel.com. “In short, he’s hoping that he can influence the development of both the present and future of Alchemax. He’s going to find that’s not as easy as he’d hoped.”
If there’s anyone qualified to start screwing around with Spider-Man 2099’s past, present and future, it’s David, he co-created the character with artist Rick Leonardi in 1992. This time, David will team-up with artists Will Sliney (Superior Spider-Man Team-Up) for the interiors and Simone Bianchi (Detective Comics) for covers.
“It’s going to be a huge year for all things Spider!” added series editor Ellie Pyle in a Marvel press release. “This is your chance to get to know Spider-Man 2099 before the Spider-Man universe gets more crowded, and Peter and Will have prepared quite the introduction!”
News about the new Spider-Man 2099 series comes hot on heels of Marvel’s announcement that the publisher is launching the Spider-Verse storyline this fall, which will feature the epic team-up of all Spider-Men across all times and costume changes. It’s pretty likely that Spidey 2099 will play a big part of that. In the meantime, let’s enjoy some new, original Spider-Man 2099 artwork including a full-color cover design and some black-and-white sketches of Spidey 2099 in action:
Spider-Man 2099 will be on comic book store shelves this July.