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Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider writer Peter David on making us root for a bad clone

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Jan 8, 2019, 11:00 AM EST (Updated)

Back in April, we took a first look at Marvel Comics' Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider, and one of our first big questions was whether Peter Parker's clone would enjoy his new lease on life as a good guy, a bad guy, or something nebulously in between. Well, it appears the book's Eisner Award-winning writer, Peter David (The Incredible Hulk), had the same question, which is partly why he wanted to work on the new series in the first place.

"Generally speaking, having a character with such a skewed viewpoint of the world seemed very intriguing, the more I thought about it," David tells us in our exclusive interview below, while also recounting his intitial hesitations about working on the title. He then recounts how those hesitations have helped the legendary writer develop the story.

"In issues six and seven, we're going to be having something that is going to be fairly major in terms of the Scarlet Spider's development that I cannot tell you about, except to say that a number of fans have been saying the same thing that I have been concerned about," says David. "He's a villain, how are we supposed to root for him when he's a bad guy?"

While David doesn't reveal too much more about exactly how the series is going to answer that question, he does delve into plenty of other details about how the story came to be, and where it's spoiler-free going. So check it out, then let us know if you'll be reading along.