There are many stories stretching across decades of Spider-Man comics that are worth adapting. Then there's the Clone Saga.
Once we dig ourselves out of the endless winter, we'll be seeing a new Amazing Spider-Man movie. But while we stare into the heartless void that is January, Sony needs to remind us that there's a Spidey light at the end of the tunnel. And they do that with viral media like the official Daily Bugle on tumblr. Usually we get things we like.
This time, though, we got something we didn't. Here's the relevant text:
Manhattan’s Empire State University announced a new class for the 2014 fall semester in advanced biogenetics that will actually require the successful cloning of a living creature. Introduction to Live Cloning, taught by noted geneticist Professor Miles Warren, is the first class of its kind anywhere in the world.
It sounds suspiciously as though they may be leading up to an adaptation of the infamous Clone Saga. And in case that doesn't ring a bell, the story goes something like this:
For 20-some years Spider-Man wasn't really Spider-Man -- he was a clone created by the Jackal. The real Peter Parker wasn't doing much of anything, really, but then showed up under the name Ben Reilly and started gallivanting around as a superhero again under the name "The Scarlet Spider."
But don't worry, because Ben Reilly isn't really Peter Parker and the Spider-Man we thought was Spider-Man really is Spider-Man, because the Green Goblin was behind it all and ... yeah.
It doesn't even stop there. The Clone Saga was the gift (we use the term liberally here) that kept on giving. And while, with time, some good has grown from that steamy bit of fertilizer, we aren't particularly overwhelmed with a desire to revisit it.
And in case you think this tumblr post is just a coincidence, note that the "author" of the article is Ken Ellis, who was the man at the Bugle who first gave the Scarlet Spider his name.
Now the Spider-Man movies don't tend to keep very true to the source material, so this clone thing could go in any direction. But that doesn't make us any less wary.
What do you think? Is there any way to make the Clone Saga work if it's retooled?