Plus, as with Venom and movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a little bonus for fans who sit through the credits (which are stylish and fun to look at anyway). But maybe wait until you’ve seen the Golden Globe-nominated film before reading on and unpacking those last few minutes.
A trip to the future… and the past
We meet another pair of Spider-Men, one from the distant future and another from more than 50 years ago, before they end up in an intense (and meme-worthy) bout of literal pointing.
The first of these is Miguel O’Hara, better known as Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), who’s been monitoring the action with his holographic assistant Lyla (Greta Lee) and sees that everyone has returned to their own realities. With the multiverse saved, Miguel decides to go on his own reality-hopping adventure.
“Let’s start at the beginning.”
He encounters the Spider-Man of this universe, and the pair end up arguing over who pointed first — a moment based on the famous pointing meme that’s been around since 2011. We even get a cameo from Earth-67’s J. Jonah Jameson.
What it means
Miguel is a gifted geneticist living in New York (renamed Nueva York) in 2099, an era when a dystopian US is run by evil megacorporations like Alchemax, a company that plays a big role in the Spider-Verse.
While trying to replicate the abilities of original Spidey Peter Parker for Alchemax, Miguel is forced by his unethical boss, Tyler Stone, to take an addictive drug. In an effort to shake the addiction, Miguel accidentally splices his DNA with that of a spider and gains a similar set of abilities as the original Spider-Man.
In the post-credits scene, Miguel travels to Double Identity, a Season 1 episode of the 1967 animated series. It focuses on an actor impersonating others to throw off police as he commits crimes. The pointing scene is from a moment when he pretends to be Spider-Man, and it inspired one of the many memes based on the show.
It’s not clear why Miguel is traveling through the multiverse, but the casting of a big name like Oscar Isaac suggests it’s more than a throwaway joke.