Real Name: Peter Parker
Identity/Class: Alternate reality
(Earth-98311) human mutate
Group Membership: Formerly Spider-Army (Arachnido, Jr. of Earth-15349, Doppelganger of Reality-616, Scarlet Spider/Kaine Parker of Earth-616, Spider-Boy/Pete Ross of Earth-9602, Spider-Jameson/John Jameson of Earth-78327, Spider-Man of Earth-66115, Spider-Man/Hulk of Earth-200527, Spider-Man/Miles Morales of Earth-1610, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-80219, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-96211, Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928, Spider-Prime/Kevin O'Brien of Earth-93060, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew of Earth-1610, Spiderman of Earth-313710, numerous others), Spider-Men (Armored Spidey/Peter Parker of Earth-31198, Octo-Spidey/Peter Parker of Earth-11983, Powerless Spider-Man of Earth-38119, Six-Armed Spidey/Peter Parker of Earth-39811, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-92131)
Curt Connors, Spider-Army, Spider-Men;
Reality-92131 natives: Beyonder, Madame Web
Enemies: Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Inheritors of Earth-001 (Bora, Brix, Jennix, Verna), Kingpin, Dr. Ohnn, Spider-Carnage (Peter Parker), Ultimate Slayer Smythe (Alistair Smythe), Miles Warren
Known Relatives: Ben (uncle, deceased), May (aunt, deceased)
Aliases: Ben Reilly
Base of Operations: New York City, New York,
formerly Madame Web's abandoned fortune telling shop
First Appearance: Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (January 31, 1998)
Powers/Abilities: Scarlet Spider, like most Multiversal Spider-totems, possesses spider-like abilities including superhuman strength, agility and the ability to cling to solid surfaces. While he has not displayed this power, he likely also has a danger-warning "Spider-Sense."
He also uses mechanical, wrist-mounted web-shooters that can project chemical webbing, usually in the form of strands, and he can adjust the shooters to project Impact Webbing, balls of webbing that explode on impact and cover opponents.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 167 lbs.)
Hair: Brown (dyed blonde)
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter II: Farewell, Spider-Man" (fb)) - As a young child, Peter Parker and his Uncle Ben went fishing and Peter struggled to reel in a fish. Blaming his "rotten luck," Peter was ready to give up but Ben reminded Peter that luck meant nothing and a person just had to be prepared. Peter successfully reeled in the fish.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter II: Farewell, Spider-Man" (fb) - BTS) - Growing up, Peter Parker was taught by his Uncle Ben that with great power came great responsibility. Some time later, Peter Parker was bitten by an irradiated spider and gained spider-like powers, an act that made Parker feel like the world misunderstood him and his life proved tougher when he lost his Uncle Ben.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb) - BTS) - Parker used his newfound abilities as the heroic Spider-Man.
cartoon episode, "Spider
Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb)) - After losing his
Aunt May, a distraught Peter Parker crossed paths with scientist Miles Warren, who created a
clone of Spider-Man. The confused clone immediately knocked aside Dr.
Warren and escaped into the night.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel
Universe A to Z HC Vol. 5 - Alternate Earths Appendix - BTS) -
Spider-Man was somehow fooled into believing he himself was the clone.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb)) - Still thinking himself to be the clone and attempting to stay out of what he considered the real Peter Parker's life, the former Spider-Man took on the new identity of Ben Reilly, dyed his hair blonde and cut it short to differentiate himself from the "true" Peter, who had similarly been fooled into thinking he was the real Peter Parker. Not recalling where he came from or anything about his supposed past, Reilly soon took on the costumed heroic identity of the Scarlet Spider, an act that angered the cloned Peter, who had assumed Reilly's former identity of Spider-Man and already had pent up hatred for what Miles Warren had done. When his friend Dr. Curt Connors did a genetic structure test on Scarlet Spider and theorized on the possibility that Spider-Man could be the clone and Scarlet Spider the original Peter Parker, the news sent Spider-Man over the edge. During a subsequent mission in which Scarlet Spider was attempting to stop the Kingpin, who had created interdimensional portal technology, Scarlet Spider was brutally attacked by Spider-Man, who wished to kill him. The two fought until the Carnage symbiote emerged from the Kingpin's interdimensional portal and bonded with Spider-Man, driving him insane and transforming him into Spider-Carnage.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb) - BTS) - Scarlet Spider was tested by Reality-92131's Madame Web to determine whether he might be worthy of leading a group of Multiversal Spider-Man against Spider-Carnage but he ultimately did not prove a capable leader in Madame Web's eyes. Madame Web and her reality's Beyonder did recruit the Scarlet Spider into the Spider-Men team, however, and he waited with the others while Madame Web and the Beyonder continued recruiting. When Spider-Carnage began setting into motion a plan to destroy all reality by magnifying the blast of a Matter Disintegrator Bomb through an interdimensional portal, he sent the Green Goblin and Hobgoblin to acquire the Microwave Broadcaster from J3 Communications, warning the Goblins about his clone. Spider-Carnage also warned the Kingpin, whom he tricked into providing the interdimensional portal technology, about his supposed clone, Scarlet Spider.
(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones") - When Earth-92131's Spider-Man was transported to Earth-98311, he encountered the Goblins, who assumed he was the supposed clone Spider-Carnage had warned them about. The Goblins soon escaped and Spider-Carnage himself got involved, snatching up Spider-Man-92131 and also assuming he was the Scarlet Spider wearing Spider-Carnage's old costume. Spider-Man-92131 was soon whisked away from Spider-Carnage's clutches by Reality-92131's Madame Web and when Spider-Man-92131 reappeared inside the abandoned business of Earth-98311's Madame Web, Scarlet Spider and a small group of alternate reality Spider-Men were there to greet him. When Scarlet Spider removed his mask to reveal blonde hair amongst all of the brown-haired Peter Parker counterparts, Spider-Man-92131 remarked that he wasn't sure he even wanted to hear the Scarlet Spider's story. Madame Web insisted that they all must hear the Scarlet Spider's story as they were in his reality and Scarlet Spider recounted his origin, revealing his thoughts of possibly being his reality's supposed clone of Peter Parker. Explaining how his reality's Peter Parker had bonded to the Carnage symbiote, Scarlet Spider then watched with the other Spider-Men as the Beyonder gave them all a glimpse of Earth-33489, a world where Spider-Carnage succeeded in destroying reality. Realizing the seriousness of failure against Spider-Carnage, Spider-Man-92131 was tasked with leading the Spider-Men and he suggested they depart to stop Spider-Carnage. Infiltrating the Kingpin's Crime Central headquarters alongside the Spider-Men, Scarlet Spider assisted in deactivating the Kingpin's security systems but they soon drew the attention of the Kingpin's guards. The Hobgoblin soon got involved as well and during the fight, Scarlet Spider used his impact webbing to take down a small group of guards about to attack Earth-31198's Armored Spidey, prompting the Armored Spidey to wonder why he hadn't thought of impact webbing himself. After Earth-11983's Octo-Spidey was accidentally gassed by the Armored Spidey and transported away from the battle by the Beyonder, Scarlet Spider held an elevator door open for the other Spider-Men to venture further into Crime Central. When Spider-Man-92131 subsequently suggested they bypass the Green Goblin and more guards, the Armored Spidey arrogantly announced that he never shyed away from a fight and jumped headlong into battle, prompting Scarlet Spider to call the Armored Spidey impetuous before Spider-Man-92131 suggested the adjective "obnoxious" instead. During the subsequent fight against Green Goblin, Scarlet Spider dodged a blast from the Goblin's paralyzer ray and later helped web up the defeated Green Goblin alongside Spider-Man-92131 and Earth-39811's Six Armed Spidey. With the Armored Spidey paralyzed in the fight with Green Goblin and transported away as well, Scarlet Spider and the remaining Spider-Men ventured further into Crime Central to confront Kingpin and Spider-Carnage personally. Kingpin ordered the Ultimate Slayer Smythe to stop the Spider-Men and a blast from the Ultimate Slayer Smythe knocked a piece of machinery onto Scarlet Spider. Spider-Man-92131 immediately lifting the machinery off of Scarlet Spider, who rejoined the fight and helped Spider-Man-92131 web up the Ultimate Slayer Smythe. The Six Armed Spidey managed to stop Spider-Carnage and Kingpin but his mutation disease flared up and he transformed into Man-Spider and turned on Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man-92131. As Spider-Carnage and Kingpin escaped further into Crime Central, Scarlet Spider picked up the Six Armed Spidey's dropped sonic grenades but the Man-Spider grabbed both Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man-92131.(Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter II: Farewell, Spider-Man") - Man-Spider hurled Scarlet Spider into a piece of machinery as the Ultimate Slayer Smythe recovered and attacked Spider-Man-92131. When Man-Spider focused his attack on the downed Scarlet Spider, he yelled for assistance and Spider-Man-92131 jumped back into the fight against Man-Spider. As they battled Man-Spider, Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man-92131 witnessed Spider-Carnage complete and activate the Kingpin's interdimensional portal device. After the Beyonder managed to transport Earth-38119's Powerless Spider-Man to Earth-98311 and transport Man-Spider away, Scarlet Spider and the other two Spider-Men attempted to convince the Kingpin that Spider-Carnage had tricked him into helping in his scheme to destroy reality. When Crime Central rumbled due to the opened interdimensional portal outside, Scarlet Spider readied a sonic grenade as the Kingpin began to realize the truth in the Spider-Men's words. Spider-Carnage immediately yelled for the Spider-Men to shut up and he enveloped Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man-92131 in symbiote tendrils, ranting about obliterating everyone. The Kingpin responded by tackling Spider-Carnage, freeing Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man-92131, but Spider-Carnage captured Kingpin and activated the countdown for the Matter Disintegrator Bomb. Spider-Man-92131 quickly leaped to disarm the Bomb and ordered Scarlet Spider to disable the interdimensional portal device. Scarlet Spider then located the portal device but Spider-Carnage attempted to ensnare Scarlet Spider once more to keep him from destroying the device. Spider-Man-92131 then kicked Spider-Carnage and Scarlet Spider ripped the portal device free, disabling the portal outside. Spider-Carnage immediately snatched the portal device from Scarlet Spider's hands and opened a portal into another reality. Despite Scarlet Spider's and Spider-Man-92131's attempts to stop Spider-Carnage, Spider-Carnage fled into another reality with the portal device. With Spider-Carnage gone, Scarlet Spider reminded Spider-Man-92131 that they still need to disarm the Bomb which, even without being magnified, was powerful enough to destroy the building. Unfortunately, the countdown timed out and Scarlet Spider, the Powerless Spider-Man and Spider-Man-92131 were all transported out of the exploding Crime Central as the Bomb exploded. Scarlet Spider then listened as Madame Web explained that the Beyonder had returned to Reality-92131 to recuperate and he watched as Madame Web discovered that Spider-Carnage had fled to Earth-31198, the home reality of the Armored Spidey. He then watched as Spider-Man-92131 volunteered himself to be the only one of the Spider-Men to travel to Earth-31198 to stop Spider-Carnage. Once Spider-Man-92131 was on Earth-31198, Scarlet Spider and the other remaining Spider-Men watched his actions via a scrying portal Madame Web created and when Spider-Man-92131 stopping chasing Spider-Carnage to determine how best to appeal to him, Scarlet Spider wondered if Spider-Man-92131 had forgotten what he had learned from Madame Web's earlier testing of him. Scarlet Spider was later present with the other Spider-Men when Spider-Man-92131 returned following Spider-Carnage's death and with the reality threat over, Madame Web announced that Scarlet Spider and the other Spider-Men could now return home.
(Spider-Verse I#2/5 (fb) - BTS) - Scarlet Spider was drawn into the battle against Earth-001's vampiric Inheritors alongside numerous other Spider-totems from across the Multiverse.
(Spider-Verse I#2/5) - Scarlet Spider participated in a massive battle against the Inheritors alongside the Multiversal Spider-Army.
Comments: Created by John Semper, James Krieg, Mark Hoffmeier and Dell Barras (see Appearances list for list of other artists involved).
While the cartoon episodes leave it a
little vague as
to whether or not Scarlet Spider was truly the clone or the original
Peter Parker (Scarlet Spider recalling escaping Miles Warren & not
recalling anything before that, for example), Scarlet Spider was
confirmed as the real Peter Parker in the Official Handbook of the
Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 5 (2008) in the entry on Earth-98311 in
the Alternate Universes Appendix. Big thanks to Copeinator123 for
pointing out the confirmation!
In two past Twitter posts, Spider-Verse writer Dan Slott mentioned wanting to include all of the Spider-Men from the 90s cartoon in Spider-Verse I#2 but ultimately decided to remove the Armored Spidey and Six Armed Spidey from the original art of Spider-Verse I#2 because different reality counterparts of them (Earth-14132 & Earth-92100, respectively) had already died in the story prior to Spider-Verse I#2 and he felt including those two might confuse readers. In his post, he doesn't mention not including Scarlet Spider though and at the time of Spider-Verse, Scarlet Spider-98311 would've been the only Ben Reilly still active as Scarlet Spider (and not, say, active as Spider-Man). That stands to reason that the Scarlet Spider appearing in Spider-Verse I#2 is Scarlet Spider-98311 based on the intention of the original art in that story & Dan Slott's explanation of why the Armored & Six Armed Spideys were not present. Therefore, I've included the Spider-Verse appearances here in this profile but if something definitively comes along to disprove this, I will update the profile to reflect that.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-98311's Scarlet Spider should be distinguished from:
|--Spider-Man cartoon episode,
"Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb)
Earth-98311's Miles Warren was a scientist genetics expert much like his Earth-616 or Earth-92131 counterparts. When a distraught Peter Parker crossed paths with him, Warren created a clone of Parker that quickly knocked Warren aside and escaped into the night. At some point, the clone began to think he was the true Peter Parker and, hating Warren for what he had supposedly done, the clone Parker began to also hate the true Parker (who was equally confused and thought himself to be the clone) almost as much.
episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (fb) -
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter I: I Really, Really Hate Clones" (January 31, 1998) - John Semper (story, teleplay, producer, story editor), James Krieg, Mark Hoffmeier (teleplay), Dell Barras (character design), Wayne Schulz (prop design), Donn Greer, J.C. Ponce, Moon Choi (additional character & prop design), Lawrence Kim, Enzo Baldi, Brad Morris, Fred Carillo (background design), Floro Dery, Gary Graham, Bill Riling, Dick Sebast, Bob Souza, Clint Taylor, Rick Hoberg, Jim Janes, Ken Laramay, Hank Tucker, Kuni Bowen (storyboard art), Jerry Eisenberg, John Ahern, Jason So (additional storyboard art), Dennis Venizelos (art director, background painter), Kronos Digital Entertainment, Inc. (3D computer backgrounds), Hae-Sang Jung (layout art), Richard Bowman, Mike Svayko, Frank Andrina, Bob Treat, Bob Kirk, Joe Morrison (animation directors), Yeun-Byung Kim (episode director), Mark Deimel (editor)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "Spider Wars, Chapter II: Farewell, Spider-Man" (January 31, 1998) - John Semper (writer, producer, story editor), Dell Barras (character design), Wayne Schulz (prop design), Donn Greer, J.C. Ponce, Moon Choi (additional character & prop design), Lawrence Kim, Enzo Baldi, Brad Morris, Fred Carillo (background design), Floro Dery, Gary Graham, Bill Riling, Dick Sebast, Bob Souza, Clint Taylor, Rick Hoberg, Jim Janes, Ken Laramay, Hank Tucker, Kuni Bowen (storyboard art), Jerry Eisenberg, John Ahern, Jason So (additional storyboard art), Dennis Venizelos (art director, background painter), Kronos Digital Entertainment, Inc. (3D computer backgrounds), Hae-Sang Jung (layout art), Richard Bowman, Mike Svayko, Frank Andrina, Bob Treat, Bob Kirk, Joe Morrison (animation directors), Yeun-Byung Kim (episode director), Mark Deimel (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 5 (2008) -
Spider-Verse I#2 (March, 2015) - "It's the Little Things" story - Dan Slott (writer), Ty Templeton (art), Nick Lowe, Ellie Pyle (editors)
First posted: 08/02/2022
Last updated: 08/09/2022
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