One of the teaser posters shown at the San Diego Comic Con showed the blue hoodie worn by the Scarlet Spider, aka Ben Reilly aka the Spider-Clone, set ablaze. This fueled speculation that Marvel might bring Ben Reilly back to life after his death in 1996. Well prepare to add more fuel to that fire with the latest press release about the ongoing Spider-Island arc. Pay special attention the the text that I have marked bold for emphasis.
It’s the Spider-Man event of the year, and with so many twists and turns – there’s no telling what will happen next! But there’s one thing we can tell you, fans can get excited for the return of someone very important to the life of Peter Parker. Except where will he show up? With Spider-Island selling out across the board, it’s obvious that fans can’t get enough of the Wall-crawler, all 8 million of them!
Haven’t checked out Spider-Island yet? No problem! Marvel is pleased to announce that that it will be going back to press on a wide number of Spider-Island tie-ins including, Spider-Island: Cloak And Dagger #1 Second Printing Variant, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 Second Printing Variant, & Venom #5 Second Printing Variant! And with the Amazing Spider-Man #666 Second Printing Variant on the way, there’s no better time to get in on the action. So what are you waiting for? Head over to your local comic shop and get in on Spider-Island today!
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While fans in general loathed the Clone Saga there is a part of the fanbase who genuinely enjoyed the character of Ben Reilly. The subject of his return has long been taboo in the eyes of Marvel writers and editors. Whenever they were asked about it in the past a return was quickly shot down. So what’s changed their opinion now? I’m not sure but Ben’s return has been hinted at in the beginning of the Spider-Island arc, with Miles Warren, aka the Jackal, discussing a perfect clone.
The press release and promo art seem to hint at Ben’s return, however it does not appear to be long lived. Personally if they bring Ben back just kill him in a couple issues it seems like this is a move to appease the fanbase. One part will be happy Ben is back, even if its for a short time, and another section would be thrilled to see the Spider-Clone die yet again. There is a lot of hatred for the Clone Saga and it seems to taint a lot of opinions about Ben.
As for myself, I would love to see Ben come back and potentially have adventures of his own post Spider-Island. With all the superhero teams created due to the Initiative Ben could go anywhere and contribute. Plus there have already been other Spider-Men, wearing the Iron Spider-Man costume, serving in the Initiative.
I hope Marvel keeps Ben around for a while mostly because the brother-like relationship with Peter is a great story element. My worst fear is that if Marvel actually brings Ben back and keeps him alive he will end up with Mary Jane Watson. Marvel seems intent on keeping her and Peter apart with Brand New Day and this would be yet another way to do that. And something like that would shatter the relationship between Peter and Ben.