Clone Conspiracy brings back classic Spidey villain, sets up next phase for Marvel Comics

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Feb 27, 2017

Marvel's Clone Conspiracy event is wrapping up, and the comic miniseries is certainly shaking up the status quo in the world of Spider-Man.

As far as clone stories go, this one wasn't half-bad — which is saying a lot for Spider-Man. The franchise is notorious for having atrocious clone storylines, so to have one not be a train wreck is a solid accomplishment. The series reintroduced pretty much everyone in Spidey's world thanks to cloning tech, though the biggest twist was the reborn Doc Ock clone breaking free and stealing a better clone body that should be able to sustain him. So, after being on the bench the past few years, Doctor Octopus is officially running wild in the Marvel Comics universe once again. It's about time.

But that's not all. The big twist of Clone Conspiracy was the reveal that the Jackal was actually Peter Parker clone Ben Reilly (aka the Scarlet Spider), and Reilly ends the episode on the run (having figured out how to stabilize his won clone body). Marvel is cooking up a new Scarlet Spider series, so it seems this is only the (new) beginning for Reilly. The real Jackal almost made an appearance, though he's seemingly killed after a brief tussle with Reilly (though, this being comics, you know he'll almost certainly resurface again at some point).

If you're looking to catch up on the series, pick up Amazing Spider-Man #24 for the latest.

(via io9)