What’s this? A special Saturday launch of a new guide for Pledgeonaut Patron supporters of CK? You betcha! What can I say, I found myself with some free time without a brand new RuPaul’s Drag Race episode to recap. I’ve wanted to add this guide to the site ever since 2014, and it makes more sense to add it now than ever before – and not just because I just updated the Guide to Exiles or because this character is about to hit the big screen. I’m happy to announce my Guide to Spider-Man 2099!
Hmm… while I’m at it, do you think I should just make a guide to every 2099 title Marvel has ever published? Really? Well, okay, since you insist – also exclusively for Pledgeonaut Patron supporters of CK…
I mentioned above that I first wanted to launch this Guide to Spider-Man 2099, because that’s when Dan Slott brought Miguel O’Hara back from the vast unknown of the 2099 continuity to the present day in Superior Spider-Man just ahead of the original Spider-Verse event.
But, if I had created his guide back then, I might not have paired it with a guide to all of Marvel 2099 … because it wasn’t clear if it existed!
Before that, Marvel 2099 continuity had been in limbo since the original Marvel 2099 imprint ended abruptly in 1998 with the 2099: Manifest Destiny OGN. (Really, the abruptness started two years earlier when Marvel fired line editor Joey Cavalieri, which resulted in several writers walking of their titles and the line being consolidated into a single bi-monthly title, 2009: World of Tomorrow.)
After the end of that original run of Marvel 2099, the reality had been shuttered and considered defunct – perhaps a victim of shifts in the timestream. Marvel had revived the 2099 brand twice since then, for some Marvel Knights one-shots in 2004 and for a mini-series in 2099, but neither seemed to be consistent to the existing continuity we knew from the 90s.
That changed when Dan Slott brought Spider-Man 2099 back to the present day, using the excuse of Brian Bendis monkeying with timestream in Age of Ultron to give Miguel a reason to travel back in time. Peter David, Miguel’s co-creator and original series writer Peter David, launched him into his own series in 2014. Spider-Man 2099 was back to stay! And, as the series (and its 25-issue 2015 sequel) pressed on, it became clear that Miguel O’Hara was essentially the same character he had always been.
Since he was whisked to the present day from 2099, that implied there was still a 2099 to return to.
However, Marvel stayed cagey on what that world of 2099 might look like. Nick Spencer briefly rebooted it during his run of Amazing Spider-Man, but the story was a confusing mess spread across nine one-shots. The world of 2099 started to regains some coherent when Steve Orlando wrote Spider-Man 2099 in his own timeline in Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022). Orlando returns to the character and the world in the upcoming Spider-Man 2099: Dark Genesis (2023) – which, based on its cover reveals, feels a lot like a full-on reboot of the 2099 continuity.
Marvel seems to agree, not only scheduling a pair of Spider-Man 2099 omnibuses. Sure, he’s about to pop up next month in a little film called Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, but that doesn’t explain why Marvel also announced an X-Men 2099 Omnibus! (Unfortunately, that book appears to have been pushed back to 2024 – but, there’s no indication it has been cancelled.)
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