Last weekend saw the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the first animated Spider-Man film. As with every superhero nowadays, the film featured a post credits scene. We’ve got the details on it and why it may be important moving forward.
Obviously if you haven’t seen Into the Spider-Verse, we’re getting into some spoilers here. So consider yourself warned. At the end of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales and the Spider-People of the various universes have stopped Kingpin from tearing apart all of reality, and sent everyone back to their own worlds. When the credits finish rolling we get a glimpse of one more Spider-Man, Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. He’s told that Miles and his team were successful and that he may now be able to travel to other universes. He then travels to Universe 67 where he’s put into the old Spider-Man animated series and becomes part of a well-known scene from the show.
So who is Spider-Man 2099? In 1992 Marvel launched a new series of titles under the 2099 imprint, showing versions of their biggest heroes in the future. The line was cancelled after a few years, but Spider-Man 2099 has frequently popped up in various storylines, video games and cartoons. This version of Spider-Man was created by Writer Peter David and artist Rick Leonardi, and named after the late actor Miguel Ferrer. In the comics Miguel O’Hara is a brilliant geneticist working for Alchemax, hoping to recreate Spider-Man’s powers. After an accident in his lab, his genetic code is re-written to consist of 50% spider DNA.
Miguel is given the ability to shoot webs straight from his forearms, instead of creating the web shooters separately. He’s given enhanced vision– telescopic and night vision, talons on his fingers and toes that can be used as weapons and to help cling to walls, and venomous fangs on top of the usual Spider-Man powers. Miguel also creates a holographic A.I. that works with him named Lyla (an acronym for LYrate Lifeform Approximation). In the post credits scene Miguel is voiced by Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Lyla is voiced by Greta Lee (Chance). It’s unclear for now if Miguel and Lyla will appear in any subsequent Spider-Man animated films, but the scene at least opens up the chance for them to be involved.
As for the second half of the scene, and Universe 67. Miguel is entered into the universe of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series which has often been seen in various memes. The series ran from 1967 to 1970, lasting three seasons and 52 episodes. The series was the first animated series featuring the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and is well known for having an incredibly small budget. The production value on the show was so low that Spider-Man only had webbing on the mask of his suit, and clips from previous episodes were often used with re-recorded dialogue.
Sony has already announced plans for a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse as well as a spin-off starring Gwen Stacy and other female characters from the Spider-Man Universe. There’s a good chance that this won’t be the last we see of Spider-Man 2099, but for now we’ll have to make do with the short clip at the end of Spider-Verse.
Be sure to check out Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theaters, and you can read our review here. And keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for everything Spider-Man related.