Spider-Man 2099's Across the Spider-Verse Origin Sounds Remarkably Comics-Accurate
New merchandise for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has revealed the film's first character description for Spider-Man 2099.
An action figure for Spider-Man 2099 was recently spotted with the following character description written on the box: "Miguel O'Hara tried to manipulate the genetics of former Spider-people and accidentally turned himself into the best Spider-Man in the Multiverse!" This description closely matches the character's origin story from Marvel Comics, which centered on O'Hara attempting to re-create the abilities of the original Spider-Man in other people only to later accidentally cause half of his DNA to be rewritten with a spider's genetic code. Oscar Isaac will voice Spider-Man 2099 in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, reprising the role from the post-credits scene in 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Across the Spider-Verse was originally slated to hit theaters this October which explains why toys based on the film are currently available in stores despite the film no longer premiering until mid-2023. Development on the upcoming film began ahead of the first film's release and was officially confirmed by Sony in Nov. 2019. Set after the events of Into the Spider-Verse, the film will further expand on and explore Miles Morales's multiverse adventures.
The Spot Will Antagonize the Spider-Verse
Similar to Into the Spider-Verse, the upcoming sequel will find the various Spider-Men going up against multiple antagonists with their main adversary being The Spot, voiced by Jason Schwartzman. The official character description for the character explains that his "whole body is covered in interdimensional portals (made to feel like 'living ink') that can send him anywhere he wants to go. He can also make these portals appear out of thin air to transport objects and people at will." The film's co-director Kemp Powers recently added more insight on what made The Spot the perfect villain for the Spider-Verse sequel. "The Spot, from the very beginning, he just seemed like endless potential -- both visually and the arc of the character," he said. "By the way, that's not a costume, that's his skin he's wearing. He's not a guy in a polka dot suit, that's actually his skin. And the arc of Doctor Ohnn/The Spot does really complement, without giving away the story, the journey of Miles [Morales] in this film really well."
Across the Spider-Verse will also feature the Vulture as a secondary antagonist, voiced by The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone. Taccone previously voiced Norman Osborn/Green Goblin and the Spider-Man from the 1967 animated series in Into the Spider-Verse. The rest of the voice cast for the film includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis and Luna Lauren Vélez as Rio Morales with Shea Whigham as Captain George Stacy and Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opens in theaters on June 2, 2023.