Scarlet Spider
The four versions of the 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 Parker as the Scarlet Spider on the variant cover of Scarlet Spider vol. 2 #1 art by Mark Bagley
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The Scarlet Spider is an alias used by several fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, most notably Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker, both of whom are genetic replicates of the superhero Spider-Man.

Both the Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker incarnations of Scarlet Spider appear in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.[1][2]

Fictional character biography

Ben Reilly

Main article: Ben Reilly

Benjamin "Ben" Reilly, a clone of the original Spider-Man created by the Jackal,[3] is the first major version of the Scarlet Spider.[4][5]

Peter Parker

Main article: Spider-Man

To continue his superhero activities, Peter Parker was forced to use the Scarlet Spider identity due to all of his Spider-Man costumes being ruined, while Ben Reilly pretended to be the former in prison.[volume & issue needed]

Joe Wade

Joseph "Joe" Wade is the only character to operate as a villain under the Scarlet Spider alias. An undercover FBI agent, he was assigned to investigate the second Doctor Octopus.[6] However, Doctor Octopus discovers Joe and traps his body in a virtual reality chamber before using his thoughts to power a hard-light holographic duplicate of the Scarlet Spider to tarnish his name.[7] Despite this, Joe is unable to stop himself from committing acts of violence. The true Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) attacks Doctor Octopus' lair, damaging the machine while Joe is still inside.[8] This turned Joe into a mechanized version of the Scarlet Spider with superhuman strength and speed, claws on his fingertips, the ability to fire webbing from his wrists, crawl up walls, and fire laser "stingers" from his eyes. After the imposter goes on a rampage, the second Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) joins forces with the New Warriors to stop the cybernetic Scarlet Spider before the FBI put him in custody so Joe can undergo medical treatment to remove the technology.[9][10][11]

Scarlet Spiders (Red Team)

Main article: Michael Van Patrick

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

Kaine Parker

Main article: Kaine Parker

Kaine Parker, a clone of the original Spider-Man also created by the Jackal, is the fifth major version of the Scarlet Spider.[12]

Other versions


Felicity Hardy as the Scarlet Spider. Art by Pat Olliffe.

In the alternate future MC2, Felicity Hardy, the daughter of Felicia Hardy and purportedly Flash Thompson, adopts the Scarlet Spider identity both to irritate her mother, and because she suspects Peter Parker may be her real father. She attempts to convince her possible half-sister Spider-Girl to take her on as a sidekick, but the latter refuses.[13] 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.[14]

In other media

See also: Ben Reilly § In other media, and Kaine Parker § In other media



Video games

See also


  1. ^ a b Polo, Susana; Patches, Matt; McWhertor, Michael (2022-12-13). "Every new Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse character, explained". Polygon. Retrieved 2022-12-13.
  2. ^ a b Team LatestLY (2022-12-14). "Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Trailer: From Insomniac's Spider-Man to Kaine Parker, Fans Find Crazy Easter Eggs in Promo of the Animated Marvel Film!". LatestLY. Retrieved 2022-12-14.
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #149-151
  4. ^ Web of Spider-Man #118 (November 1994)
  5. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4654-5550-5.
  6. ^ The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
  7. ^ Scarlet Spider #2
  8. ^ The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
  9. ^ Web of Scarlet Spider #3
  10. ^ The New Warriors #67
  11. ^ Web of Scarlet Spider #4
  12. ^ Scarlet Spider #2 (April 2012)
  13. ^ Spider-Girl #45-46 (June 2002)
  14. ^ Spider-Gwen vol. 2 #13
  15. ^ "The Scarlet Spider's '90s Animated Debut Wasn't in an Episode of Spider-Man" -
  16. ^ "Hydra Attacks Pt. 2". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 4. Episode 2. February 21, 2016. Disney XD.
  17. ^ "Agent Venom". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 3. Episode 3. September 7, 2014. Disney XD.
  18. ^ "Horizon High Pt. 1". Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 1. August 19, 2017. Disney XD.
  19. ^ Peters, Megan. "Spider-Man: Homecoming Concept Art Reveals Scarlet Spider Suit Design".
  20. ^ "Andy Samberg To Voice Scarlet Spider in 'Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse' (Exclusive)". One Take News. 2023-04-28. Retrieved 2023-04-28.
  21. ^ "Scarlet Spider Costume Announced For The Amazing Spider-Man". Just Push Start. 23 June 2012.