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Who I am, who I was, none of that matters. What counts is... who am I going to be now?
~ Ben Reilly.
...life is about redemption and forgiveness. By sacrificing himself to save you and your mom, I'd say he redeemed himself. In effect, he became a good man. Now you just have to learn to forgive him for the bad that was in him. I'm sorry your dad had to die to redeem himself, Stevie.
~ Ben Reilly.

Benjamin "Ben" Reilly, also known as the Scarlet Spider, is a fictional character in the Marvel comics and universe and is the second Spider-Man, and Spider-Carnage. He is a clone and ally of Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and is prominent in the "Clone Saga" story arc.

He was created by Gerry Conway and Ross Andru and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 149 in October of 1975.

History

Background

Created from Peter Parker's DNA by the Jackal, this clone was made to fight him as part of Jackal's torment to Spider-Man, blaming him for Gwen Stacy's death. In the fight, only one could survive in order to save Ned Leeds from a bomb. When the Jackal had an eye-opener and freed Ned, activating the bomb, seemingly dying and killing the clone. Spider-Man got the corpse and buried at an industrial chimney, but he was alive and managed to survive.

Then, the clone spent the next five years in exile from New York, believing himself to be a worthless clone. He dubbed himself "Ben Reilly", using his Uncle Ben's first name and his Aunt May's maiden name, Ben Parker and May Reilly respectively.

During this time Ben began working as a janitor in a Portland high school using the alias "Henry Jones". There, he rescued a woman from home invaders. He thought of himself as a worthless clone until he met a friend, Seward Trainer, who inspired him with confidence to be his own person. Returning to New York when he found out about Aunt May's failing health, Ben came face-to-face with Peter and had to explain his reasons for returning.

After initial distrust of each other, they became friends and worked side by side as Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider, until after some tests by Seward Trainer, it was revealed that Peter was the clone and Ben had been the real Peter Parker. This drove Peter almost insane and left Ben stunned. They agreed to keep their names since Ben still didn't feel like he deserved the name.

Peter soon gave up the webs when he found out that Mary Jane was pregnant, allowing for Ben to become Spider-Man. Ben enjoyed life as Spider-Man and had his own adventures, but meanwhile, Peter was getting suspicious over the results that he was a clone. He began delving into Seward Trainer's past in order to find out if he was to be trusted. Eventually, it was revealed that Trainer was working for Gaunt and Norman Osborn. Norman had survived the glider to his chest all those years ago and created the whole clone saga in order to drive Peter mad.

During a confrontation between the Green Goblin and the two Spider-Men, Norman impaled Ben Reilly with his glider and Peter watched as he seemingly disintegrated away, proving that Ben was the clone all along.

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Trivia

  • Ben dyed his hair blond to lesson his resemblance to Peter Parker.
  • In the Amalgam Universe, Ben was combined with Superboy, creating Spider-Boy.

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Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | New Goblin | Gwen Stacy | Aunt May | Curt Connors | Betty Brant | George Stacy | Uncle Ben
The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | George Stacy | Aunt May | Curtis Connors (Video Game) | Uncle Ben
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Aunt May | Harry Osborn | Felicia Hardy | George Stacy | Uncle Ben
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Spider-Man | Ned Leeds | Michelle Jones | Iron Man | Happy Hogan | May Parker | Betty Brant | Sue Lorman | Aaron Davis | Brad Davis | F.R.I.D.A.Y.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Miles Morales | Peter Parker | Spider-Woman | Spider-Man Noir | Peni Parker | Spider-Ham | Aunt May | Ultimate Spider-Man | Jefferson Davis | Rio Morales | Prowler
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man | Ned Leeds | Michelle Jones | Skrulls (Talos & Soren) | Nick Fury | Maria Hill | Happy Hogan | Betty Brant | Sue Lorman | Brad Davis | May Parker | Iron Man
Spider-Man: No Way Home: Spider-Man | Ned Leeds | Michelle Jones | Spider-Man (Earth-96283) | Spider-Man (Earth-120703) | Doctor Strange | May Parker | Wong | Matt Murdock | Doctor Octopus (Earth-TRN926) | Curt Connors (Earth-TRN928) | J. Jonah Jameson | Eddie Brock/Venom | Iron Man

Television
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Spider-Man | Iceman | Firestar | Aunt May

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Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | Lizard

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Spider-Man (2017)
Spider-Man | Ghost-Spider | Spy-D | Spider-Girl | Hobgoblin | Doctor Octopus/Superior Spider-Man | Max Modell | Aunt May | Mary Jane Watson | Grady Scraps | The Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Hulk & Ms. Marvel) | Ironheart | Totally Awesome Hulk | Moon Knight | Lizard

Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021)
Spider-Man | Ghost-Spider | Spin | Aunt May | Rio Morales | Ms. Marvel | Black Panther | Hulk

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