Or – “Power And Responsibility Transcending Time And Space…”
The modern Heroic Age of the modern universe gave rise to legends that have endured for decades, both in-universe and out. Among those is the legend of Spider-Man, a colorful hero whose battles against foes large and small taught everyone a lesson involving the responsibilities of having super-powers. About a century later (depending on comic-book time, of course) a new hero rose, taking his name as a tribute to the old and heralding, like his predecessor, a new heroic age. And, like Peter Parker, he was considered an unlikely hero, but one who quickly came to embody the best that his generation had to offer. This, then, is your Major Spoilers Hero History of Miguel O’Hara of the year 2099, who took up the mantle of a fallen legend to become Spider-Man 2099!
Our tale begins in the future, a world where corporate entities are all-powerful, and the most profitable are run as fiefdoms until themselves, with names like Stark-Fujikawa and Alchemax carrying the weight and authority of our modern nations. The all-seeing Public Eye sentries are quick to take down any hint of dissension in the populace, and the masses are numbed with the historical one-two punch of bread and circuses. Aaand, in the midst of it all, the Spider-Man comes a’callin!The appearance of such a bizarre figure sets the Public Eye in motion, trying to bring the new menace down, but like his predecessor, this Spider-Man is fast, strong and agile, and leaps from building to building. Can he swing on a web? You’re darned tootin’ he can! He can also make the jack-booted foot-soldiers who forcibly keep the peace look like schmucks, something that the average man in the streets of 2099 New York has never seen. After his first foray in the (you should excuse the expression) public eye, Spider-Man returns home to his apartment, revealing himself to be the genius bio-geneticist Miguel O’Hara, an employee of the mighty Alchemax conglomerate. Miguel, like Peter Parker before him, is brilliant, but not exactly the most socially adequate of people, meaning that Lyla (the artificial intelligence who runs his home) may be his closest friend, and even his own family doesn’t really know what’s going on in his head. Miguel’s powers, like those of his legendary predecessor, were entirely accidental, stemming from an experiment designed to genetically engineer corporate raiders (or, more honestly, superhuman cannon fodder) for whatever nefarious purpose Alchemax might intend. Miggy’s initial idea for their abilities comes from the mists of what is his history, a remnant dating back to the original age of Marvels… Though highly respected at Alchemax, Miguel is not universally loved, but he DOES have more of a conscience than many of his compatriots. When a test subject dies as a result of his experiments, Miguel is moved to tell his boss, Tyler Stone, that he is quitting and leaving the business to find a less morally ambiguous line of work. Stone’s response sets in motion the events that will lead Miguel to the rooftops of NYC… Having dosed Miguel with the hyper-addictive drug Rapture, Stone believes that he now has a perfectly loyal lapdog, that Miguel will now toe the company line and give him the superhumans that he desires. What he DOESN’T count on is O’Hara’s brilliance. Recalling that he recorded his own genetic template in an earlier lab test, Miguel sets off to use his clearance and his invention to rewrite his own DNA, without the Rapture addiction… Reminds me of what television scientist David Banner did right before he was irradiated with enough gamma rays to make Australia glow green. Like Doctor
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