Monday, June 14, 2010

Hero of the Week 2010 #23: Spider-man

Real Name: Miguel O'Hara
First Appearance: Spider-man 2099 #1 (November, 1992)
Group Affiliation: Exiles
Gaming Credentials: Spider-man (2000); Spider-man 2: Enter Electro (2001); Spider-man: Web of Shadows (2008)Marvel Super Hero Squad (2009); Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions (TBR/2010); Super Hero Squad Online (TBA)
Infinite Wars Ranking: DNR

From one futuristic hero of the week [Batman Beyond] to another, we arrive at Spider-man 2099!

Featured in several games as an unlockable costume swap for your regular, friendly neighbourhood, garden variety Spider-man -- Miguel O'Hara, the Spider-man of the year 2099, will make his first full fledged appearance as a playable character when Activision release the latest in their long line of titles this year, the reality-hopping epic, Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions.

Shattered Dimensions looks to reinvigorate the lagging Spidey license with the introduction of four new modes built around the classic adventures of Spider-man, and three alternate universe versions based on the comics. Spider-man Noir and Spider-man 2099 are the two confirmed alternate Spider-men who will be joined by a fourth mystery universe to be revealed at the coming San Diego Comic-Con, all piloted by a plot crafted by fan-favourite comics writer, Dan Slott.

Interestingly enough, this isn't the 2099 Spidey's first brush with playable gaming fame.
In the mid-nineties, Saffire were to develop a game called Marvel 2099: One Nation Under Doom; a title designed to place control over the various 2099 properties (versions of Ghost Rider, Daredevil, X-Men, Punisher, and others) in the hand of gamers. In 1996, it's fair to say it would've been a strange title to join the pantheon of games, but one that received coverage at SDCC at the time and was even previewed in some magazine publications. Alas; Marvel's Earth-928 (as it's now known) would have to wait until now to get a gaming realization.

Not your father's Spidey: Miguel O'Hara is a different Spider-man for a different time in Shattered Dimensions!
Spider-man 2099 tells the tale of Miguel O'Hara -- an intelligent student whose work with Alchemax, a sinister corporate science tank full of legal drugs and other nasty future predicaments, forced him to attempt genetic tampering to avoid the addictive effects of the incredibly addictive "Rapture" drug he'd been given by his evil overlords. Jealous skullduggery meant his sciencey solution was altered and he was given the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider (not unlike a certain Peter Parker). With a sinister Spidey-looking costume ready and waiting for celebrating the Day of the Dead, Miguel O'Hara leaps into the world as the Spider-man of the year 2099!
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