- Spider-Man 2099’s role has significantly increased in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and fans are impressed by his new design, which makes him look more menacing and powerful.
- The character’s original comic book-accurate look in the first Spider-Verse movie was forgotten due to his minor role, but fans are now discovering and appreciating the design changes.
- The change in Spider-Man 2099’s design between the two movies was likely due to the character’s increased importance in the sequel and the creative team’s decision to give him a fresh and intimidating look as the leader of the Spider Society.
Spider-Man fans are impressed by how much Spider-Man 2099 changed between the original Spider-Verse movie and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Oscar Isaac made his debut as Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s post-credits scene. While the character had a minor comedic role in that movie, the Miles Morales sequel saw Miguel appear in a major role, with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse revealing Spider-Man 2099 is the leader of the multiversal Spider Society.
Spider-Man 2099’s increase in importance for the sequel also came with a new design for the character, which saw Miguel’s look go from a comic book-accurate depiction of Spider-Man 2099 to making the character become a powerhouse. Miguel looks extremely menacing thanks to his huge frame in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Due to the five years between the two Spider-Verse movies, as well as Miguel’s tiny role in the original film, fans had forgotten about Miguel’s original look and are now impressed after discovering the design changes. Check out several reactions below:
@Shots_SpiderMan started the debate by posting Spider-Man 2099’s two Spider-Verse designs.
@miles_e1610 liked the Spider-Verse recreation of Miguel’s comic book costume but thinks the new suit is a great addition.
@NobodyOfHarambe echoes the sentiment that the new design is amazing.
@KEVOSPACEBOUND2 thinks Spider-Man 2099’s new design is cooler than the original.
@_fishmann noticed that the new design included a better watch to travel the Spider-Verse too.
@3rsa__ is a fan of Spider-Man 2099’s new muscles for the sequel, even if they prefer his original symbol.
@Amazingspiral88 hilariously remarks that Miguel’s first thought after losing his daughter was to head to the gym.
@probablykie1782 makes a joke in reference to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Miguel scene, saying he got stronger to perform the Spider-Man pointing meme harder.
Why Spider-Man 2099’s Design Changed Between Spider-Verse Movies
There has been no concrete explanation for why Miguel O’Hara looks significantly different in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse from how he did in the original movie. However, the most likely reason behind the change comes from the first movie going for Spider-Man 2099’s classic comic book design for his short scene and the Spider-Verse team then choosing to redesign the character once he got a bigger role in the sequel.
As revealed by concept artist Hethe Srodawa, there were unused designs for Miguel in the Spider-Verse sequel that featured the character with the slimmer build he had in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The artist’s confirmation that the designs come from early in the process point toward the Spider-Verse creatives deciding that a fresh take was best for the character, with Miguel needing to look more intimidating due to his role as the leader of the Spider Society and an antagonist to Miles in the sequel.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse character designer Kris Anka revealed Miguel’s new design for the movie was only cracked by the artist after around 15 months of working on the character. That reveal cements that the change in design for Spider-Man 2099, from the slimmer to the bulkier version of the sequel, was a work in progress that evolved as the character’s story in the new movie became clear. In the end, it all worked out, as Spider-Man 2099’s new design in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is loved by most fans.
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