Kaine: "What did you call me?"
Wally: "The Scarlet Spider. That's your super hero name, right? I heard it on the news."
Kaine: "...I swear to god, I'm being punished"
- Scarlet Spider Vol.2 #5Scarlet Spider
is an alias that has been used by multiple characters in the Marvel Universe
. With a common trait of them to be clones and the two most famous to bear the title being clones of the famous superhero Spider-Man
and created from The Clone Saga
The original character to handle the title was Ben Reilly, one of the clones of Peter Parker, who used it as a distinction from Peter. The character was one of the few things well-received in the otherwise infamous clone saga. Eventually, Ben took over as Spider-Man after a complicated story that made it unclear who of him or Peter was a clone. He was eventually Killed Off for Real
by the Green Goblin
, and Peter Parker re-assumed the Spider-Man identity.
The next time Scarlet Spider was actually a team of 3 Super Soldier
clones of a recently killed Avengers Initiative
recruit Michael van Patrick, that wore variations of Spider-Man's then recent Iron Spider armor. Named Micheal, Van and Patrick, they briefly aided Peter Parker
in attempting to cover up his recent reveal of his identity during the events of Civil War
. Afterward during the course of their adventures they discovered their clone heritage but by the end of the series only one of the three was still alive and went public with his story to help bring the darker elements of the Initiative to justice.
Another of Peter's long-disappeared clones, Kaine
, who was also part of The Clone Saga
, came back during the Grim Hunt
arc, where he made a Heroic Sacrifice
for Peter Parker and was seemingly Killed Off for Real
. Kaine returned in the Spider Island
arc, where he returns
as a mutated minion of the Jackal. He was eventually cured - with enhanced powers identical to the ones Peter once possessed - by Spider-Man, and helped him defeat the arc's Big Bad
. After that, he left Manhattan, taking one of Peter's new stealth suits with him, and tried to leave for Mexico. When passing through Houston, Texas on the way there, after breaking up a human trafficking ring on his way out of town
, he finds himself linked to a young girl and a group of Houston residents and eventually decides to stay. Due to the suit's previous color modification being stuck
, local media and people dubbed Kaine the Scarlet Spider
. Compared to Ben Reilly, Kaine's incarnation of the Scarlet Spider is darker and more violent due to his past and struggles with his heroic impulses
Kaine Parker is the current Scarlet Spider and star of the ongoing series started in 2012 written by Christopher Yost
. While his title is set to be cancelled in Issue #25, he'll be appearing in the Marvel NOW reboot of New Warriors
, also written by Yost.
Recurring Scarlet Spiders Tropes
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Spiders.
- Cloning Blues: Both were cloned from Peter Parker by the Jackal, though Kaine was dismissed as being defective.
- Expy: of Spider-Man of course; justified in that two of them are clones of him and the other three wore copies of his suits.
- Legacy Character: initially subverted to the deception of some fans. Then Kaine took the title.
Tropes Applying to Ben Reilly:
- Badass Biker
- Civvie Spandex: His original "costume" was simply a red spandex suit and mask with and a sleeveless hoodie with a spider on it. The point was Ben didn't have a lot of money and made his costume out of what he could afford (which wasn't much).
- Clone Degeneration: The way it was confirmed he was the clone and not Peter.
- Cool Loser
- Important Haircut: He wears his hair differently than Peter and bleaches it blonde to differenciate himself.
- Killed Off for Real
- Meaningful Name: He is named after Peter's deceased uncle Ben and uses Aunt May's maiden family name.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Well he is Peter's clone; what did you expect?
Tropes Applying to Kaine:
- Anti-Hero: Kaine is far less restrained than Peter and Ben were.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Unlike Peter and Ben, he is more than willing to cross the line of killing.
- The Atoner: He doesn't try to dwell on it but his past does eat at him from this from time to time
- Berserk Button: Don't confuse him with Spider-Man.
- Do not mess with his friends. A group of robbers learned this the hard way after one of them took Annabelle hostage.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: One of the new abilities he has gained since his revival are his "stingers".
- Broken Pedestal: Peter actually Otto in his body after Issue #20.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: A Continuity Nod to Peter Parker, since his revival and recovery from the clone degeneration, he gets black out drunk after 3 beers.
- Came Back Strong: After being killed by Kraven's wife Ana, Kaine is resurrected by Ero as an anthropomorphic spider and is "reborn" during Spider Island with the powers Peter acquired during The Other arc. note After being killed by the Lobos siblings, Ero resurrects him a second time by getting him to embrace his Inner Spider in the same manner Peter did in The Other, though Kaine comes back significantly more monstrous than Peter did.
- Chameleon Camouflage: His new suit allows him to pull this trick off.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Which Kaine refers to as the Parker legacy.
- Clones Are People Too: Zigzagged. He wonders if they are abominations but he still tries to save the Gwen Stacy clone.
- Clone Degeneration: Main reason why his powers and his physical appearance looked so different before his resurrection during Spider Island. As of issue #20, it seems to be back, but is an illusion instead.
- Cloning Blues
- Colourful Theme Naming: More so then any of the previous incarnations.
- Cursed with Awesome: According to Word of God, Kaine's Clone Degeneration gave him his precognition - amplifying his Spider-Sense.
- The Mark of Kaine was also said to be an amplified wall-crawling trait, specifically using his wall-crawling/clinging powers to stick his hand to someone and then rip it off, leaving a perfect hand-shaped mark. Of course, Peter Parker's "stick-em" powers are powerful enough to do the same, but most of his opponents only have their face exposed, so the results could be very gruesome.
- Didn't Think This Through: Kaine usually acts before actually considering any consequences.
- Evil Clone: Kaine to Peter, originally. Lampshaded by Wolverine when they meet.
- Expy: Kaine's version of the Scarlet Spider often gets confused for Spider-Man except for the uniform color, the Wolverine-like power ( his "stingers") and attitude.
- During the Minimum Carnage event, a victim of Cletus Kasady aka Carnage confuses Kaine for the killer.
- Heel-Face Turn: Originally, considered more of a Anti-Villain but within recent years he has mellowed.
- Hero Stole My Bike: Houston doesn't have enough tall buildings to get around everywhere, so Kaine is not immune to improvising.
- Hot-Blooded: Kaine is more likely to pick a fight than Peter or Ben were.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Post-resurrection #2, Kaine almost eats Aracely, but she uses her powers to restore his human form.
- I Am a Monster: Kaine feels this about himself due to his past and later due to his Inner Spider following his second resurrection.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Kaine constantly tells people he is not a superhero, and not a hero at all. This is despite the fact that he routinely saves people's lives, which he can probably blame on those damned Parker genes.
- Insistent Terminology: He is not a superhero.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Not the nicest person.
- My Greatest Failure: Killing the love of his life in "The Lost Years" because she was a Dirty Cop. Also, losing Ben Reilly.
- Name of Cain: Kaine
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Especially during his Nineties Anti-Hero phase.
- Scars Are Forever: Kaine's scars - which vanished after his first resurrection - reappear after he confronts the Jackal. Turns out to be an illusion.
- Sociopathic Hero: Tries to do good but has very little problem using underhanded and almost villainous methods to get the job done.
- Sir Swearsalot
- Superman Stays out of Gotham: His attitude toward most superheroes and their issues endangering his new hometown of Houston.
Scarlet Spider (2012) comic series contains examples of:
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: The Armadillo in issue 16. Though it's really just another example of Love Makes You Dumb.
- Achilles in His Tent: Kaine after failing to save over two dozen Houston citizens from dying at the end of Minimum Carnage.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Kraven got killed like he wanted. Even though Kaine revived him, he doesn't need him to kill him anymore and he managed to leave Meland critically injured.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: Kaine vs Salamander in the hospital, and later Kaine vs Ana Kraven in Issue 6.
- Call Back: Kaine's resurrections have connections to both Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 3 Issue 15 and The Other.
- Christmas Episode: Issue 12.
- Create Your Own Villain: Kaine does this with Zoe at the end of the Second Master arc, as shown by her later appearance in Issue #24.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Kaine vs. the Assassins Guild members that came to kill him.
- Darkest Hour: The Into The Grave arc.
- Deal with the Devil: Kaine makes a deal with the Assassins Guild to stop the contract they have on Dr. Donald Meland by the only remaining family of a former patient.
- After being killed by the Lobos siblings, Kaine makes a deal with Ero to be reborn in the same manner Peter was after being killed by Morlun during The Other story arc.
- You should be starting to see where the no responsibility Tagline comes from... Kaine makes one with Fisk to get the Assassin's Guild off his back, by agreeing to soften them up so they could be forcibly taken over.
- Death Seeker: Kraven the Hunter's sole goal now is to have Kaine kill him, since he's the only one who can. He succeeded.
- Didn't Think This Through: Kaine's MO including sleeping with Zoe right after saving her as Scarlet Spider, and therefore revealing his (and possibly Peter Parker's) identity to her.
- To be fair, when he does have a plan it goes to hell quickly anyway of usually winds up with people hating him for involving them.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Aracely has a dream like in Issue #24.
- Friend on the Force: Officer Wally Layton Right up until Meland gets critically injured.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Notable especially during the In the Midst of Wolves arc for several including drug usage and a scene with the main character being eaten alive.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Kraven and his clan.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kaine shoves his stinger into Carnage's brain, and later into Wolverine's heart.
- In-Series Nickname: He is often referred to as Scarlet Spider by the cops and media, but Carnage liked to call him "Not Spider-Man".
- Kid Sidekick: Aracely, who may actually be the Aztec sun/war god Huitzilopochtli. She later becomes this in full by taking on the alias Hummingbird and helping Kaine chase down Wolverine, infiltrating the X-Men's school.
- Mega Corp.: Roxxon who were responsible for hiring the Lobos to bring over Aracely as a test subject and awakening Mammon.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Lobos siblings give Kaine one of these in issue 13, the ending isn't pretty. Kaine later returns the favour.
- Not So Different: Kaine and the villain known as The Mark.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: The Lobos Cartel.
- Professional Killer: The Assassin's Guild.
- Shapeshifting Seducer: A Shapeshifter sleeps with Kaine while in the form of his current girlfriend. The real one shows up later.
- Sharing a Body: According to Beast, Aracely is sharing a body with something else. Could be why everyone is trying to kill her.
- Super Team: The Rangers are (apparently) the Southwest's only heroes, barring Kaine, and consist of Texas Twister, Firebird, Fifty-One, Living Lightning, Shooting Star and Red Wolf. They tried to welcome Kaine into the group afterwards... he rejected the offer. Violently.
- He's also been announced as joining the newest incarnation of the New Warriors along with Aracely (taking up the Hummingbird mantle full time).
- Symbol Swearing: Actually happens quite a bit in the series and not just limited to Kaine.
- The Team Benefactor: Kaine thanks to his stealing money from human traffickers and drug dealers.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Turns out Kaine came up with a plan to take down the Assassin's Guild with Wolverine and the fight in Issue 17 was the set up... at least until he put the stinger into his heart after going evil for a moment. He topped it with another one in the next issue by revealing he had Wilson Fisk absorb the Assassin's Guild after they softened them up.
- Wire Dilemma: Kaine and Wally have this issue after locating a nuclear Time Bomb, they spent most of the issue trying to find it and not knowing what to do after they found it. Kaine simply resorted to ripping out the wires. He reasons they were screwed either way.