BY MATT TUCK
Those 2099 titles from the 1990s have been heating up for years, and Oscar Isaac’s latest comments are causing a big stir for Spider-Man 2099.
THE KING OF SCI-FI?
Oscar Isaac is the belle of the nerdy ball. There’s no arguing his sci-fi credibility with Star Wars (albeit the sequel trilogy, but we won’t hold that against him), X-Men, Into the Spider-Verse, Dune, and he’ll top it all off with a turn as Moon Knight. Let’s not forget that he is the voice to the beloved Gomez in the animated Addams Family 2. What can’t he do? If he keeps up this pace, he could challenge Karl Urban for the king of sci-fi and fantasy.
With the theatrical and streaming release of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake, Isaac is making the press tours to promote his role as Leto Atreides. For Marvel fans, the bigger news is that filming for Disney+’s Moon Knight series has completed filming. Now the actor has stirred the pot for another of his sci-fi roles, Spider-Man 2099.
DON’T TEASE US, OSCAR
With so much happening in the MCU over the past three years, it’s easy to forget that he voiced Miguel O’Hara for a tongue-in-cheek post-credits scene in Into the Spider-Verse. In the three years since that hit movie, there have been plenty of questions and theories about the future of Spider-Man 2099, and a recent interview with the actor is leading to a new round of speculation.
Speaking to Fandom, Isaac was asked about the possibility of O’Hara returning for the Spider-Verse sequel. “I would love to inhabit that character for more as well, so let’s hope so!”
While that’s not much, it is likely to trigger a whole new round of investment speculation. At this point, there’s already been plenty of whispers about Spider-Man 2099’s return. Aside from the questions of whether or not he will return for Spider-Verse 2, there’s been a longstanding rumor that a live-action Spider-Man 2099 was in development for Disney+. Obviously that tree has yet to bear fruit, but it is a possibility, especially now that Loki and What If…? have opened the MCU to the Multiverse.
THE LOKI CONNECTION
With so many Marvel movies and series coming and going, Loki feel like ancient history. Don’t forget that the God Mischief and the Time Variance Authority teased the Earth-2099 universe. It came during the credits of the first episode, when we get a close up of Loki’s case file. Under the sector, it lists 1900-2099. Clearly, this was a nod to the world of Marvel 2099, though nothing else has come out of it. With second seasons of Loki and What If…? already on the slate, it stands to reason that one or both shows will give fans more from Earth-2099, and that will inject new life into Miguel O’Hara’s first appearances.
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #90
The first time readers saw the Spider-Man of the future was in a double-pager teaser in Web of Spider-Man #90. Since this is not the in-story debut, it is not technically the first appearance of Spider-Man 2099 and an advertisement, so it is not the top earner among those Miguel keys. Still, it is worth having in your collections.
Despite a handful of 9.8 sales in the $200 range, this comic usually brings less than three figures. Since May, they routinely sell for $80 and more. This month, prices have been rising. There was a record $349 on October 12, but toss that out, and the values are still on the move. Two days ago, one brought $138.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365
The official first appearance of Spider-Man 2099 was in a backup tale in ASM #365 with the oh-so-’90s holographic cover. This particular backup feature was a preview taken straight from the opening pages of Spider-Man 2099 #1. Still, it counts as Miguel O’Hara’s first appearance, and it has long been a staple among collectors.
Throughout October, the 9.8 has been consistently selling for $360-$365. In fact, four of the past five sales have been in that range. It is actually down from the $400 it was earning in August and September, and that’s nowhere near the record $775 one copy drew in April. Meanwhile, the high grade newsstands earn exceptional figures as newsstands tend to do. The last sale was for a record $1,740 on August 16.
Remember this is almost exclusively built around rumors and gossip, so imagine where the values will be whenever there is some confirmation of an Earth-2099 in development.
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1
Although Spider-Man 2099 #1 doesn’t carry the same price tags as ASM #365, it remains the most popular of Miguel’s key issues. This is the cover debut of Spider-Man 2099, and he is wearing one of the most loved Spidey costumes ever created. In fact, the cool costume and awesome cover art alone was enough to entice readers into spending money on the first issue.
By far, this is a much cheaper alternative to ASM #365. The direct edition 9.8s have a 90-day average of $155, and the most recent sale was for $145 on October 23. As for the newsstands, at a 9.8, those have averaged $793 for the past three months. The last time one sold was on October 3, and it brought $535 on that day. Keep in mind that September 1 saw a record-breaking $1,000 sale.
MARVEL PREVIEWS #7 (1992)
If there’s anything that indicates a hot market, it’s when the preview catalogs have become collectible. While 1992’s Marvel Previews #7 with the first printed image of Spider-Man 2099 on the cover does not compete with Marvel Previews #95 for fair market value, there is still a decent number of collectors who want this added to their sets.
Finding listings for this issue is a challenge, and the best I could find was the $40 listed on Key Collector Comics. Past that, your guess is as good as mine.
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #36
Just like every other version of Spider-Man, the hero needs versions of the classic villains to call his own. Thus, the 2099 Goblin, Vulture, and Electro were born. While these characters were not overwhelming favorites among collectors, the one who still resonates with fans is Venom 2099. This version of everyone’s favorite homicidal symbiote was featured in the Spider-Man Unlimited cartoon from the 1999.
As far as the market, there has not been much activity with Spider-Man 2099 #36 this year, and that is understandable. After all, there’s been nothing new on the Venom 2099 front. However, if there ever comes a day when Marvel announces a Spider-Man 2099 live-action series, look for this to be one of the first issues to benefit from the speculation.
When this issue was printed, there were two connecting covers. The main cover had Spider-Man 2099 while the variant featured the futuristic Venom. Of course, that first Venom 2099 cover is the one to get. Earlier this month, a 9.6 sold for $88. The last time a 9.8 traded hands online, it brought $100 in November 2020.
IS MARVEL 2099 ALREADY CANON?
Having the Multiverse at Marvel Studios’ disposal makes even the most odd stories potential MCU canon. Now that the Sony-verse is officially in the MCU, we can assume that includes Into the Spider-Verse. If that is the case, then Spider-Man 2099 is already in the animated half of the MCU. Connect that with the Loki casefile, and it would seem that 2099 is already Marvel cinematic canon.
Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and an international man of mystery. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog.