YMMV / Scarlet Spider

  • Author's Saving Throw: General reaction to Ben Reilly's new suit was overwhelmingly negative. It was later announced that he would return to his much more popular classic costume for "story-driven reasons".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Ben Reilly is considered by many fans to be the only good thing that came out of The Clone Saga.
    • Kaine via the 2012 series has won over many fans as well, primarily because he's snarky as hell.
      • And from that series, Kaine's "sidekick" Aracely due to being a walking Crowning Moment Of Funny.
      • In fact, the entire supporting cast from that series are Ensemble Darkhorses.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • My Real Daddy: Writer Chris Yost solidified Kaine's characterization as a snarky Jerk with a Heart of Gold with a propensity for #?$%! profanity.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Ben Reilly became this during the short time he replaced Peter as Spider-Man. Amazingly averted with Kaine, who, despite being originally a Base-Breaking Character and replacing Ben Reilly (who as the Scarlet Spider was an Ensemble Darkhorse), now rivals Reilly in popularity.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Kaine used to be considered a generic '90s Anti-Hero who was at best tolerable and at worse one of the many things wrong in the Clone Saga. Becoming the new Scarlet Spider did wonder for his popularity, turning him into an Ensemble Darkhorse.
  • The Woobie: Kaine, especially in the "Sibling Rivalry" crossover with Superior Spider-Man.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Kaine's costume. If you flipped the chest & back designs around, it'd look more like a superhero costume, but as it is, from certain angles it looks like Kaine's wearing a onesie on top of a black & red Spider-Man costume.
    • Ben's second Scarlet Spider suit. An overwhelmingly large majority of people hate the look, with many feeling like it's a bad combination of Spidercide and a male Spider-Gwen. The costume's colours and logo are off, and while it tries to invoke the original look with a hoodie, the less thrown-together nature of it makes it look like a copy of Spider-Gwen's hoodie. Then there's the visible mouth, which people thought was a rip-off of Deadpool. To say people are not pleased with the look is an understatement. With such huge backlash, Marvel relented and not only made it clear that Ben would go back to his original outfit as soon as possible, but even changed the cover of the first issue of his new series so that he was wearing his old outfit.
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