Monday, February 21, 2011

Power Man and Iron Fist – What’s in a Name? - Ben Rosenthal

The following takes place in the year 2104 – 5 years after 2099 (obviously). Previously, Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099 has discovered that all of the corporations that rule the 2099 world fall under the control of just one man - Mr. Hikaru, CEO of Stark-Fujikawa. As such, Mr. Hikaru rules all of North America. He is not a kind dictator. The following scene is the first time Miguel and Mr. Hikaru meet each other. Miguel has crashed into Mr. Hikaru’s office via a window.

1. Miguel O’Hara crouches in his Spider-Man suit. His mask is off.

You’re through ‘Power Man’. Or ‘Iron Fist’, or whatever name you’re going by now.

2. An elderly Japanese man stands in an expensive office. He looks both feeble yet threatening at the same time, dressed in traditional Japanese wear. Both of his hands are behind his back, with splinters of glass from Miguel’s entrance littering the floor surrounding him. This man is Mr. Hikaru CEO of Stark-Fujikawa, and as Miguel has only recently found out, the man his late father reported to when he ‘owned’ Alchemax.
Behind Mr. Hikaru is a desk. A large window stands behind the desk. Out that window we can see the world of 2104 – cars flying past, large skyscrapers, etc. There is a large hole in the window where Miguel has broken through.

I prefer Master, young O’Hara. Something your father learned to call me. As will you, in time.

3. Miguel is coiled into a classic Spidey pose. Close to the floor, ready to pounce. He is angry.

I am not my father, and you are anything but my Master!

4. Miguel is in mid-air, talons outstretched, ready to strike.

5. A fist which appears to be made completely of metal has punched Miguel across the jaw.


6. Miguel is crumpled on the ground, holding his broken jaw. The fist of iron is visible in the right hand side of the panel.

The names ‘Power Man’ and ‘Iron Fist’ do not only refer to the way I rule this company, and this country, young O’Hara.

7. Mr Hikaru is standing, smirking with his fists clenched. Both of his arms are coated in metal, with a yellow surge of power, almost looking like electricity, covering him. It appears to be emitting from his eyes. He looks powerful.

No, unfortunately for you the meaning is quite literal.


  1. Hmmm... To me, this is like writing a "Spider-Man" page about an Arachnologist. Just sayin' :)

  2. Wow, I certainly didn't expect to see a 2099 story during Power Man & Iron Fist week! Hats off to you for thinking waaaay outside the box. :)

  3. Ben, this is certainly interesting, but I just feel a little lost about it all. I wish I understood this guy just a little more - but that final visual would look awesome!

  4. I love the way you embraced the potential of the character/s here, Ben. I remember an old debate about how it could be argued that Luke and Danny had the wrong names... Luke could easily be Iron Fist (because of his steel hard skin) and Danny Power Man because of the power inside him. By combining both names in one character - and coming up with logical reasons for both (in a business context) you have impressed the hell out of me.


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