At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that Nick Spencer will be returning to the 2099 timeline, although the form the story will take has yet to be not revealed. Miniseries? Event? A 2099 imprint relaunch? What we do know is that this new 2099 thing builds out of a moment from one of Spencer’s many cliffhangers in a recent Spider-Man comic.
Amazing Spider-Man #25 was filled with various developments that will branch off to different stories. While there’s a Mysterio arc, a Dr. Strange team-up, and a Sinister Syndicate storyline on the way, the biggest eye-opener was a short scene of a college lecture about how all these major advancements in Marvel’s modern universe will one day cause massive destruction in the future.
Elsewhere, we see a time rift open in the sky as some kind of meteor impacts the ground. When the smoke clears, we see that the impact was in fact caused by an unconscious Spider-Man 2099.
As that happens, the professor notes, “The future is dying.” What does this mean? I guess we’ll find out in the months to come.
What is Marvel 2099, you ask? Back in the ’90s, the Marvel 2099 imprint was a bit of a fad that lasted for a few years but eventually wore out its welcome. It had all sorts of titles that were based on what writers in the extreme ’90s figured the Marvel universe would look like in another hundred years. We got a ridiculously over-the-top Punisher, a cybernetic Ghost Rider, Dr. Doom as the President of the United States, and most importantly, Miguel O’Hara as that era’s Spider-Man. There was also supposed to be a video game for the first PlayStation about those heroes, but that got scrapped.
Originally, Marvel 2099 wrapped up in 2099: Manifest Destiny, which had Spider-Man 2099 wielding Mjolnir and using it to hammer out peace in the universe over the course of 1,000 years. 2099 didn’t completely disappear, though. Spider-Man 2099 joined the Exiles for a bit and was featured heavily in the games Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. The 2099 continuity was also one of Dr. Doom’s “kingdoms” in the 2015 Secret Wars event. Gerry Duggan’s Deadpool run occasionally checked in on what Wade Wilson and his family were like in the 2099 timeline, too.
Oh, and you might remember Oscar Isaac showing up as Spider-Man 2099 in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Just thought I’d point that one out.
A time-displaced Spider-Man 2099 remained in the present for a while recently, tying into various Spider-Man crossovers and eventually getting his own series. Said series ended with his supposed death. But he in fact survived, but it’s one of those things where if he were to reveal his survival to his loved ones, it would screw up history completely. As the final scene of his series lined up with New Year and the year 2100, Miguel made it pretty apparent that he was going to screw up time completely so he could see his family again.
There’s nothing comics publishers like more than mining the past and Marvel has clearly realized that this is the time to strike. Why? Because Marvel kinda-sorta started in 1939, which means that right now, we’re at the halfway point between the beginning of Marvel and the year 2099. So it looks like we’re getting ourselves a revival!
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