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Is Miguel O’Hara really a vampire in Across the Spider-Verse?

It may seem strange to wonder if Miguel O'Hara is a vampire but Spider-Verse 2 definitely implies Spider-Man 2099 is a blood-sucker like Morbius.

Christopher Lee and Miguel O'Hara but which is the vampire?

Is Miguel O’Hara really a vampire in Across the Spider-Verse? We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re huge fans of Spider-Man and the Spider-Verse movies, and one of our favorite things about these films is the myriad of unforgettable new characters they introduce.

Characters like Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, who serves as one of Spider-Verse 2’s main antagonists. We loved Miguel (Oscar Isaac) and his ever-so-slightly fanatical quest to protect the multiverse (read our full Across the Spider-Verse review for more on that). Still, we did have one question after watching the animated movie.

Is Miguel O’Hara really a vampire in Spider-Verse 2? That sounds like a strange thing to ask, but if you’ve seen the other Spider-Man movies, you’ll know that’s actually a pretty reasonable thing to wonder. Anyway, let’s sink our teeth into this particular issue.

Is Miguel O’Hara really a vampire in Across the Spider-Verse?

In Across the Spider-Verse, Miguel is referred to as being a “vampire” at least once, but if he’s anything like his comic book counterpart, then, no, he isn’t really a creature of the night. 

So how do we explain the claws and fangs? Well, it all comes down to how Miguel got his spider powers. You see, the Spider-Man of 2099 didn’t get his powers the traditional way. Instead of being bitten by a radioactive spider, he deliberately spliced his genetic code with a spider’s.

This gave him similar powers to Peter Parker, but some key differences exist. The most notable is that Miguel grew claws, which he uses to wallcrawl, and fangs. His sharp teeth are for drinking blood, though they contain a potent paralyzing toxin similar to a spider’s venom, allowing him to subdue his enemies quickly.

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Here’s a list of all of Miguel O’Hara’s powers:

  • The proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider.
  • Increased healing
  • Organic webbing
  • Wallcrawling talons
  • Venomous fangs
  • Enhanced hearing and vision
  • Miguel (in the comics, at least) lacks Spider-Sense

If you love the Wallcrawler (you can pick and choose who your favorite is) as much as we do, then you’ll want to check out the tonne of Spider-Verse content we’ve written. We’ve got a how-to-watch Across the Spider-Verse guide, a breakdown of the Across the Spider-Verse ending, a full list of the Spider-Verse 2 cast, and explained what exactly Earth-42 is.

Excitingly, we also sat down with Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld to talk about the film.

If you want to know more about the upcoming films and TV shows featuring the Web-Head, then you need to read our article explaining how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order.

We’ve also got guides breaking down everything you need to know about the Spider-Verse 3 release date, the Spider-Man 4 release date, the Venom 3 release date, and the Spider-Man Freshman Year release date. That’s a lot of info to swing through!