ByJames Valentine, writer at Creators.co
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James Valentine

Sleep easier now, true believers!

It seems that even the folks over at are as uncomfortable as the rest of us are when looking at the new costume (and its creepy smile). So it comes as good news that Marvel will be switching Ben Reilly's duds — announced a few weeks back alongside the new Scarlet Spider comic series — back to the classic '90s costume.

The new Scarlet Spider costume (left) and Classic '90s version (right) [Credit: Marvel].
The new Scarlet Spider costume (left) and Classic '90s version (right) [Credit: Marvel].

The new series will see the infamous Peter Parker clone return to the superhero fold (kinda), a controversial decision to bring the long-deceased character back from the dead as the main villain of the recently concluded , Clone Conspiracy story arc. The arc saw Reilly "resurrect" the many ghosts of Peter Parker's past — well, anyone who wasn't Uncle Ben, that is. (It is probably for the best that Marvel kept it that way, as no fictional uncle should ever have to witness their clone-nephew's violent affront to the gods of fashion.)

Marvel Has A 'Reason' To Make The Costume Swap

Ben Reilly's original costume (left) and Kaine Parker, the second Scarlet Spider (right) [Credit: Marvel].
Ben Reilly's original costume (left) and Kaine Parker, the second Scarlet Spider (right) [Credit: Marvel].

It’s safe to say that the new Scarlet Spider costume arrived to a less than welcoming reception. Marvel reportedly claims that the change in costume will, in fact, be "story related." Perhaps Ben wakes up from the nightmare that was the first costume, while frantically checking that he is indeed in classic attire?

[Credit: Marvel]
[Credit: Marvel]

To be fair, it is likely that the temporary nature of the costume is something that Marvel planned from early on, although the negative feedback from fans clearly had enough of an effect for Marvel to make this early announcement.

What Kind Of Ben Reilly Are We Getting?

Ben Reilly through the ages [Credit: Marvel].
Ben Reilly through the ages [Credit: Marvel].

Whatever his costume, it's good to have the character Ben Reilly back within the pages of Spider-Man, reminding us that the widely panned 1994 Clone Saga arc was not all that irredeemable in the end. In fact, for many young, comic book-reading whippersnappers in the late '90s (such as myself), Ben Reilly was the version of Spider-Man they grew up reading.

After Marvel killed off Ben Reilly, another (and admittedly cooler-looking) Parker clone, Kaine, would carry on the Scarlet Spider moniker — and still does currently. A worthy successor for sure, but still nothing on the original clone (if that is even a thing one can say) Ben Reilly, the original Scarlet Spider, stand-in Spider-man and creepy supervillain.

Now, if only Marvel could make an evil smiling clone of Uncle Ben!

Glad that Marvel is switching the Scarlet Spider costume, or did you like the new one? Sound off in the comments below!

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