|First appearance||As Peter Parker's clone:|
The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October 1975)
As Ben Reilly:
Spider-Man #51 (October 1994)
As the Scarlet Spider:
Web of Spider-Man #118 (November 1994)
Sensational Spider-Man #0 (January 1996)
As the Jackal:
The Clone Conspiracy #3 (December 2016)
|Created by||Gerry Conway|
(based upon Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
|Full name||Benjamin Reilly|
|Place of origin||The Catskill Mountains, New York|
|Team affiliations||The New Warriors|
New U Technologies
The Midnight Sons
|Notable aliases||The Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man, Spider-Carnage, Peter Parker, Henry Jones, the Jackal, the Man in Red, Canadian Spider-Man|
|Abilities||As the Scarlet Spider:
Spider-sense helps against enemies excluding Venom
Benjamin "Ben" Reilly (//), also known as the Scarlet Spider, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Grown in a lab by the Jackal (Miles Warren), he is a clone of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) tasked with fighting the hero but instead becoming an ally, later even regarded as a "brother". Created by writer Gerry Conway, the character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October 1975) and is seemingly killed in the same issue. The character returned and featured prominently in the 1994–96 "Clone Saga" storyline, adopting the "Scarlet Spider" alias. In this identity, he has a costume similar to Spider-Man's consisting of a red spandex bodysuit and mask complemented by a blue sleeveless hoodie sweatshirt adorned with a large spider symbol on both sides, along with a utility belt and bulkier web-shooters. This Scarlet Spider costume was designed by artist Tom Lyle.
When Peter Parker temporarily left the Spider-Man role during the "Clone Saga", Ben became the new Spider-Man, wearing a new variation of the costume designed by artist Mark Bagley. At the end of the "Clone Saga" in Spider-Man #75 (October 1996), Reilly dies at the hands of the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), sacrificing himself to save Parker who then resumes the Spider-Man role.
In 2017's Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy story, the character is revealed to be alive, his mind forcibly transferred to new clone bodies repeatedly before his resurrection was successful. Driven mad by the experience of being reborn and dying repeatedly, he became the new Jackal and started his own criminal enterprise. After being defeated by Spider-Man and others, Reilly reclaims his Scarlet Spider identity in the series Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider. Reimagined as an antihero, he first hopes to escape his past then embarks on a spiritual quest to redeem himself. This arc is completed in "Spider-Geddon" (2018), during which he sacrifices himself to protect others when his life force is absorbed by an enemy who inadvertently absorbs his many death traumas as well. Ben is then resurrected in a new clone body, his mind healed and restored. Due to his many resurrections in different clone bodies, the 2017-2018 comic series Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider states he has died and returned more than anyone else in the Marvel Universe.