When Marvel Comics first announced that Ben Reilly would return to the mantle of Scarlet Spider in a brand new series, the cover by artist Mark Bagley showed the Peter Parker clone donning a new costume.
However, Newsarama reports by the time the first arc of “Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider” comes to a close, the hero will be wearing his classic blue hoodie.
The costume change was announced at the ComicsPRO annual meeting being held in Memphis, Tennessee. According to Marvel, “this costume change isn’t back-tracking the creators of the book, but rather a story-driven change leading to Reilly back to the hoodie.”
Bagley even redrew the original cover to “Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider” #1 to depict Reilly back in the blue hoodie to mark the announcement. You can see the original and redesigned covers below.
Ben Reilly, the clone of Peter Parker created by the villainous Jackal, re-entered Spidey’s life as the hoodie-clad hero known as the Scarlet Spider in the mid-’90s, before taking over the Spider-Man identity full time in 1996, as storylines briefly established Ben as the “real” Peter Parker. Ben’s tenure as Spidey was as controversial as it was short, and both it and his life seemingly came to an end in December 1996’s “Spider-Man” #75, which saw Peter Parker reclaim the webbed mantle.
“Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider” #1, by Peter David and Mark Bagley, arrives in April from Marvel Comics.