Spider-Man has already made his triumphant debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man instantly stuck a chord with fans, and the sour taste left by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was instantly cleansed from our collective palette. Moving forward, #SonyPictures and Marvel are releasing the highly anticipated Spider-Man solo film: Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming recently dropped, and it gave us a better idea of who the #MCU version of Spider-Man is. Tom Holland’s #PeterParker is trying desperately to discover who he is as a hero, all while juggling school, his relationships, and coping with his “great responsibility."
There are a lot of elements in this trailer which will feel familar to #SpiderMan fans, but there are also some intriguing new elements. One such element is the homemade suit that Peter Parker wears after #TonyStark confiscates the hi-tech suit Spider-Man wore in Captain America: Civil War. If it looks familiar, it is because it is extremely similar to the suit worn by a very important character in Spider-Man’s history: #BenReilly, the Scarlet Spider.
Ben Reilly's Scarlet Spider Suit In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
The second suit shown in the #SpiderManHomecoming trailer is Peter Parker’s original homemade suit, which he used before Tony Stark makes him a new one. We didn’t get a good look at the suit in Civil War, but the second trailer shows us everything, and it’s awesome. The suit looks homemade, but it still has a level of competency to it (unlike Tobey Maguire's pajamas when he fights Bonesaw in Spider-Man).
It’s basically the #CloneSaga version of Ben Reilly’s Scarlet Spider costume with a steam punk twist. It’s spandex underneath, complete with white eyes, and a sleeveless hoodie. The colors are even the same, but they are reversed, with a red hoodie and blue spandex underneath. The similarities to the Scarlet Spider's suit are striking, and it might be hinting at things to come in the future of the franchise. Could we see a Clone Saga storyline and Ben Reilly in the MCU?
Could They Introduce Ben Reilly And The Clone Saga In The MCU?
It is possible that Peter Parker’s homemade suit could just be a nod to fans of the Scarlet Spider, but the MCU is very methodical when it comes to planning. The fact that Peter wears this suit for what looks to be the better part of the third act suggests it might be paving the way for the Clone Saga — and, of course, Reilly himself.
In the original Clone Saga, Peter's biology teacher Miles Warren (The Jackal) creates clones of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey (who he was obsessed with). Jackal kidnaps the original Peter Parker and forces him to fight the Spider-Man clone. There is a big mix-up, and readers don't know who is who. The story ends with a version of Peter Parker being incinerated, but it wasn't revealed to be a Peter Parker clone until later issues.
It was revealed later that a clone had survived the first Clone Saga, who had been living in secret for years. The clone assumed the name Ben Reilly, which is a combination of Uncle Ben’s first name and Aunt May’s maiden name. The second iteration of the Clone Saga revolves around Ben Reilly, and figuring out who is the original Peter Parker. Reilly becomes Spider-Man for a while, and Peter Parker retires. In the conclusion of the second Clone Saga, Ben Reilly creates his own moniker: The Scarlet Spider.
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The version of the Clone Saga where Ben Reilly is introduced was extremely convoluted, involving many separate reveals and a lot of people coming back from the dead with no explanation. To this day, it is still reviled by many fans, and it would make sense for the MCU to avoid it. However, they could adapt parts from the much more widely accepted 2009 Clone Saga, and it could be a fresh direction for the Spider-Man franchise.
For example: At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we could see Peter Parker throw out his homemade suit, and see a villain (maybe Jackal) pick it up. In future films, this villain could create a clone Spider-Man from his DNA, and give him the suit to become the new Spider-Man. This could kick off a live-action Clone Saga, and give us a second Spider-Man in Ben Reilly. If done correctly, it could set this iteration of Spider-Man apart from the other 5 films, and be a great path for the new franchise.
We'll have to wait and see Spider-Man: Homecoming before we know how the suit plays in to the bigger picture, but at this point it looks like Marvel Studios and Sony have a solid plan for the character. It is possible that this version of Peter Parker could just be an amalgamation of several Spider-Men, and we have already seen elements from Spectacular Spider-Man and Mile Morales in the trailers. The Ben Reilly suit could be added to the list of influences, but the comic book nerd in me believes that it’s hinting at the Clone Saga. Make sure you catch Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7, 2017.
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