Scarlet Spider

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Scarlet Spider
Scarlet Spider combined.jpg
The four versions of Scarlet Spider in the main Marvel Universe. Counter-clockwise from top left:

Ben Reilly as the Scarlet Spider on the cover of Web of Scarlet Spider #1. Art by Steven Butler.
Joe Wade as the evil cybernetic Scarlet Spider. Art by Paris Karounos.
Red team Scarlet Spiders on the cover of Avengers: The Initiative #7. Art by Stefano Caselli.

Kaine as the Scarlet Spider on the variant cover of Scarlet Spider vol. 2 #1. Art by Mark Bagley.
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Publisher Marvel Comics

Scarlet Spider is an alias used by several fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. In Marvel's main universe, this includes Ben Reilly, Peter Parker, Joe Wade, a trio of clones known as Red Team, and Kaine.

Benjamin "Ben" Reilly[edit]

The first Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly is a clone of Spider-Man created by the Jackal.[1]

Peter Parker[edit]

Peter Parker used the alias while his clone Ben Reilly pretended to be him in prison.[volume & issue needed]

Joe Wade[edit]

Joe Wade is the only character to operate as a villain under the Scarlet Spider alias. An undercover FBI agent assigned to investigate the second Doctor Octopus (Carolyn Trainer),[2] he is discovered and turned into a hard-light holographic duplicate of Ben Reilly to ruin the latter's name.[3]

In his Scarlet Spider guise, Joe is actually trapped in a virtual reality chamber, and his thoughts power the hologram. Despite this, Joe is unable to stop himself from committing acts of violence. When the real Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) attacks Doctor Octopus's lair, he damages the machine while Joe is still inside.[4]

The damage to the virtual reality chamber causes the grafts to malfunction, and Joe becomes a real mechanized Scarlet Spider with amazing powers. As the new Scarlet Spider, Joe is superhumanly strong and fast, and has claws on his fingertips; he can also fire webbing from his wrists, crawl up walls, and fire laser 'stingers' from his eyes. It takes both Ben Reilly (as Spider-Man) and the New Warriors to stop the cybernetic Scarlet Spider, and the FBI put him in custody and have him undergo medical treatments to remove the technology.[5][6][7]

Scarlet Spiders (Red Team)[edit]

The Scarlet Spiders, secretly all clones of a man named Michael Van Patrick, work with the Initiative and wear advanced versions of the Iron Spider armor.

Kaine Parker[edit]

Kaine, a Spider-Man clone, adopts the Scarlet Spider alias for a time, starring in his own series.

Other versions[edit]


Felicity Hardy makes her debut as Scarlet Spider. Art by Pat Olliffe.

In the alternate future MC2, Felicity Hardy, daughter of Felicia Hardy and Flash Thompson, adopts the Scarlet Spider identity to irritate her mother. She attempts to convince Spider-Girl to take her on as a sidekick, but the latter refuses.[8] Undeterred, she continues to fight crime until several near death experiences cause her to give up the identity. Although she has no actual powers, she is skilled in martial arts and gymnastics and utilizes an array of spider-themed weaponry.


The Spider-Gwen universe's Mary Jane Watson dresses as the Scarlet Spider for Halloween.[9]

In other media[edit]


  • The Ben Reilly version of Scarlet Spider appeared in the 1990s Spider-Man TV series, voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes.
  • The Scarlet Spider alias appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series. The alias is used as Flash Thompson's wannabe superhero identity in the third season Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors. A hybrid of Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker appears in the fourth season Ultimate Spider-Man Vs The Sinister Six. This variation wears Kaine's outfit, has a scar on his face, and is given the name Ben by May Parker. Originally, he was seen trying to kill Doc Ock multiple times, and was very reluctant to ally himself with the other SHIELD Academy Students. But it is revealed he is a spy as a part of the Sinister Seven, only to turn on Doc Ock, supposedly sacrificing himself to stop a super weapon. However, not only is Ben alive, but he is also revealed to be one of Doc Ock's Spider-Slayer clones.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #149-151
  2. ^ The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
  3. ^ Scarlet Spider #2
  4. ^ The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  5. ^ Web of Scarlet Spider #3
  6. ^ New Warriors #67
  7. ^ Web of Scarlet Spider #4
  8. ^ Spider-Girl #45-46 (June 2002)
  9. ^ Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #13