NYCC | Scarlet Spider returns, hits the road in January

After months of teasers, Marvel broke their silence at the New York Comic Con and announced a Scarlet Spider ongoing series by writer Christopher Yost and artist Ryan Stegman that will kick off in January.

As for who is under the mask, well, that remains a mystery, but Yost has confirmed it is someone who has a connection to Spider-Man.

"After the events of Dan Slott's amazing #spiderisland, Scarlet Spider's entire life has been turned upside down," Yost told MTV Geek. "ScarSpi (like ScarJo) has one motivation -- get the hell out of New York. For reasons that are as yet unrevealed, ScarSpi is on the run, heading down Mexico way. But as the story progresses, those motivations will change because life gets in the way."

The original Scarlet Spider was Ben Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker who first appeared as a part of the infamous Clone Saga back in the 1990s. Reilly assumed the identity for a brief time before taking over as Spider-Man from Peter Parker. Later a villain took the name. Reilly eventually died saving Peter Parker from the Green Goblin. More recently, three "Scarlet Spiders" appeared in Avengers: The Initiative, wearing the "Iron Spider" armor Tony Stark once gave to Peter Parker.

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