Even though Thanos has been trying his damnedest to get her attention for aeons, Marvel's abstract concept of Death has been spending the bulk of her time lately hanging out with Ben Reilly, Spider-Man's clone. In this week's Scarlet Spider, Death visited Ben for a friendly chat about her involvement in the 2016 World Series.
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Even by comic book standards, Ben Reilly has lived one of the most complicated and difficult lives that any fictional clone ever has. Introduced as a mentally unstable Spider-Man clone The Amazing Spider-Man #149, Ben truly believed himself to be the true Peter Parker before being forced to confront the truth.
Ben Reilly has had a hell of a rough life. First, there was the whole business where he eventually learned he was a clone of Peter Parker (and then died saving him). Then he got resurrected years later, horrifically tortured, and turned to supervillainy. Now, he's back in action as the Scarlet Spider... but he isn't quite all right.
When Marvel announced that the re-revived Ben Reilly would be getting his own series once more as the Scarlet Spider, the company also revealed that Ben would get a brand new suit to swing around in. It... was a bit off. Its creepy little smile defying all sense of comic book spandex weirded us the hell out. But it won't be around for long.
A few weeks ago, Marvel's ongoing Spider-Man event The Clone Conspiracy revealed the identity of the person behind Peter Parker's latest headache -- and it was definitely crazy. But now we have got a taste of just how this familiar face made their way back into the Marvel universe... and it's kind of horrifying?