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Spider-Man Could've Had A Ben Reilly-Inspired Suit In Captain America: Civil War

Although Peter Parker is the original and most famous Spider-Man, others have worn the webbed costume over the decades. Miles Morales is the most recent example (and he'll soon be leading his own animated movie), but back in the 1990s, when Peter decided to retire from the superhero life, he passed on Spider-Man duties to his clone, Ben Reilly. Ben's time as Spider-Man has long since passed, but during preparation for Captain America: Civil War, there was consideration into designing the Spidey costume to resemble the Ben Reilly version, as you can see below.

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Following up on his recent Valkyrie and Hulk postings, Marvel Studios character designer and Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding shared this concept art on Instagram of a Spider-Man suit inspired by the one Mark Bagley designed for Ben Reilly way back when. Although this Spider-Man costume does look remarkably similar to the Web-Slinger's classic outfit, there are some differences, like the spider-insignia's legs stretching out farther (a feature that's been passed to the "Iron Spider" suit Peter will wear in Avengers: Infinity War). But in the end, Captain America: Civil War decided to go for a more classic look for Tom Holland's Peter Parker, with his Tony Stark-designed suit resembling what the character wore in the Silver Age years, which was retained for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Although Ben Reilly was officially introduced in 1975 as a Peter Parker clone created by Professor Miles Warren, a.k.a The Jackal, it wasn't until the 1990s that the character started to be significantly developed, his name inspired by his uncle's first name and Aunt May's maiden name. Originally Ben fought crime as the Scarlet Spider, but he upgraded to being the main Spider-Man when Peter hung up his web-shooters. Years later, Ben died while battling Norman Osborn, though as is often the case in the comics, his death wasn't permanent. Ben recently returned in The Clone Conspiracy storyline, albeit as a villainous figure who was cloning every important person from Peter's life who had died. Following The Clone Conspiracy, Ben has returned to being the Scarlet Spider, although he has a long way to go before he can find redemption for his crimes as the new Jackal. Outside of the comics, Ben has most prominently appeared in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, though his costumes have been seen in Ultimate Spider-Man and video games like Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

While we can't guarantee that Ben Reilly (or any clones) will appear in the MCU Spider-Man movies, you can see Peter Parker swing back into action on May 4 for Avengers: Infinity War. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is scheduled for release on July 5, 2019. You can also look through our Marvel movies guide to see what else this franchise has coming down the pipeline.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.