During Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel Comics wrapped their "Spider-Man And His Avenging Friends" panel in teasery fashion by flashing an image of a burning Spider hoodie across the screen. Many noticed the article of clothing as belonging to clone Spider-Man Ben Reilly who's brief status as Marvel's "official" web slinger in the '90s keeps him equally one of the most mocked and asked after characters in the publisher's stable.
Speculation on a return for Reilly has ran on message boards and blogs for years, often getting a chilly reception from Marvel executives, however today, Marvel gave hope to fans who want to see the hero again (and perhaps fodder for his detractors) by releasing San Diego's teaser image to the public with an explicit tie to the just-launched "Spider-Island" crossover story:
As "Spider-Island" deals with "Clone Saga" mastermind villain The Jackal, CBR News asked "Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott whether a mysterious character hidden in one of the Jackal's tubes could be Reilly during a recent interview on the crossover. "I feel it's a shame to waste any thought on Ben as a character because, well, he dissolved into a pile of goo," Slott said then. "So why waste time thinking about goo? I mean HOW COULD THAT GOO POSSIBLY EVER COME BACK? How? It's goo! It's almost like you'd need a Jell-O mold in the shape of Peter Parker to bring him back. Wait a sec...
"Look, all we know about 'Tubey McGee' is that he is a guy. The biggest clue we have about him is what the Jackal says, 'He's perfect. Down to the last cell. For all my years of obsessing over Parker's DNA, I have to admit I always dreamed of studying this prime specimen.' Hmm... Interesting."
See Marvel's full press release on the teaser below, and stay tuned for more "Spider-Island" news on CBR.
Official Press Release
It's the Spider-Man event of the year, and with so many twists and turns - there's no telling what will happen next! But there's one thing we can tell you, fans can get excited for the return of someone very important to the life of Peter Parker. Except where will he show up? With Spider-Island selling out across the board, it's obvious that fans can't get enough of the Wall-crawler, all 8 million of them!
Haven't checked out Spider-Island yet? No problem! Marvel is pleased to announce that that it will be going back to press on a wide number of Spider-Island tie-ins including, Spider-Island: Cloak And Dagger #1 Second Printing Variant, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 Second Printing Variant, & Venom #5 Second Printing Variant! And with the Amazing Spider-Man #666 Second Printing Variant on the way, there's no better time to get in on the action. So what are you waiting for? Head over to your local comic shop and get in on Spider-Island today!
Curious to who will be returning? Join the conversation on Twitter with #SpiderIsland!
SPIDER-ISLAND: CLOAK AND DAGGER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL118069)Written by NICK SPENCERArt by EMMA RIOSCover by MIKE CHOIFOC - 8/29/11, ON SALE - 9/21/11
SPIDER-ISLAND: DEADLY FOES #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL118068)Written by DAN SLOTT, CHRISTOS GAGE & FRED VAN LENTEArt by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & MINCK OOSTERVEERCover by STEFANO CASELLIFOC - 8/29/11, ON SALE - 9/21/11
VENOM #5 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL118070)Written by RICK REMENDERArt by TOM FOWLER & TONY MOORECover by TONY MOOREFOC 9/1/11, ON SALE - 9/28/11
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUN118171)Written by DAN SLOTTArt by STEFANO CASELLICover by STEFANO CASELLION SALE 8/31/11