Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene, explained

The animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse mixes things up by introducing a whole bunch of Spider-people, one of the elements that makes it easily the best Spidey movie ever.

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.

Spider-Man 2099 has been around since 1992.

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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.”

Miguel travels to Earth-67, the reality of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series. That’s the one with the glorious theme song and the first animated Spidey. Thus “the beginning” here.

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

Spider-Man 2099 was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi, and made his debut in 1992’s Spider-Man 2099 No. 1, the lead series in Marvel’s 2099 imprint.

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.

You can unlock the Spider-Man 2099 costume in the PS4 Spider-Man game.

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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.

He’s also the first Latino character to become Spider-Man. His costume is available in Spider-Man PS4, and he was a playable character in 2010’s Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and its 2011 sequel, Edge of Time.

Such intense pointing.

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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.

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