By now it is generally accepted as fact that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is very, very good in basically every way. It had the emotional realness and technical prowess to place it in the upper echelons of superhero movies, animated movies, and movie movies — and that’s before you add in Spidey Nic freakin’ Cage. Really, it was a wholly satisfying cinematic experience all on its own. But if you hung around through the end credits, you may have noticed an additional something… “interesting.” Two somethings, actually!
In the midst of the credits scrolling through the insane voice cast there appeared an unexpected, unannounced, but rather exciting name: Oscar Isaac, who apparently portrayed “Interesting Person #1.” And next to his name was Greta Lee as “Interesting Person #2.” Now if you’re like me, you probably sat in the theater trying to figure out how you possibly missed the audible hotness of Oscar Isaac until the credits finally stopped rolling… at which point it all became clear. Because Isaac wasn’t actually in the movie at all. He doesn’t appear until after the credits, in a funny scene that introduces him as yet another Spidey: Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099!
Miguel hails from Nueva York, the NYC of the future, where a genetic experiment gone awry rewrote his DNA to be 50 percent spider and he frequently tangles with the Alchemax corporation (which you may recognize as the maker of the glitching spider that bit Miles earlier in the film). In the end credit scene Miguel is introduced talking with his personal AI assistant, Lyla, who is Greta Lee’s Interesting Person #2. Lyla gives Miguel a wristband that allows him to travel the multiverse without that whole cataclysmic black hole nonsense. And he uses it to go back to the beginning… which in this case was the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon series!
What seems like a very serious, spoilery scene setting up the future of Sony’s own animated Spider-Verse then devolves into basically a jokey easter egg, as Miguel and ‘67 Spidey recreate the pointing Spider-Man meme:
But that doesn’t mean there’s no real future (get it?!) for Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man. We know from the end of the film that Miles heard from Gwen, across dimensions, and if there is another threat to the multiverse, it certainly looked like Miguel may already be investigating it. And in the Marvel comics event called “Spider-Verse” (which inspired the film), Miguel was just one of the many Spider heroes being hunted by the villain Morlun — so there is plenty of plot already available that a future film could draw from to continue this franchise.
We’ll have to wait and see where Sony takes Miles and the other Spideys next, but something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Oscar Isaac, or seen of Miguel O’Hara…*
* and not just because I plan to watch Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse over and over again until it’s encoded in my own DNA
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