Fans love Scarlet Spider in ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ poster

Consider the meme where Spider-Man points to Spider-Man. Now multiply by 12 or 13.

That’s roughly the number of spider-like heroes throwing webs Tuesday on Marvel’s poster for the highly anticipated animated movie “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning movie “Into the Spider-Verse.” ”

The new poster prominently shows an upside-down bust of young Spider-Man Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), with ripped marks on his suit. There are dozens of spider people right behind him.

Fans are already perusing the poster like expert arachnologists, pointing to returning Gwen Stacy’s Ghost Spider (Hailee Steinfeld) and Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) featured in the 2018 movie. The poster also revealed several heads to the left and right of the bust, respectively, of Spider-Woman (Issa Rae) and Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), new characters in this story.

Jessica Drew (Issa Rae) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”

(Sony Pictures Animation)

But some fans’ spider-like senses were tingling about Scarlet Spider, who appears to the far left and front of Miles in the new poster.

Known for his Scarlet Spider and his punk blue hoodie with torn sleeves, the iconic spider costume has become a cult classic in a controversial 1990s comic book story.

In this saga, Ben Reilly, who is usually the person under the Scarlet Spider costume, is a clone of Peter Parker. The originally unnamed clone first appeared in the comics in 1975, and was believed to have been killed after a battle involving Parker’s Spider-Man at Shea Stadium.

However, in 1994 fans learned that the clone survived and left New York City before returning as Ben Reilly, still struggling to process his identity as a clone. Ben nervously picks up a spider hoodie from a spider museum exhibit’s gift shop to make his iconic costume, before heading off to face the city’s villains and eventually meet a tragic fate.

Since then, Scarlet Spider has continued to be a fan favorite, with Marvel making fun of concept art from recent Spider-Man movies that pay homage to Parker’s clone. The new poster shows Scarlet Spider wearing her iconic ripped hoodie, which has sparked nostalgia on social media.

“The fact that as a kid in the ’90s we’re getting a big animated movie that hit theaters with both Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man 2099 does something to the nostalgia corridors in my brain.” Wrote film programmer Rob Saucedo.

“I remember collecting Spindelmannen comics in the ’90s,” remembered a user after the poster was published. “I think the me/Scarlet Spider arc or the clone arc was really good. The ending was very sad though.”

Bharat Reddy, a product manager at Twilio, also praised the poster description and reminded him of the importance of the character.

“Man I see Scarlet Spider on the poster!” red Wrote. “The revelation of her identity was probably the first major pop culture event that made an unforgettable impression on me #90sbaby”

The poster’s release comes a week after Sony Pictures Entertainment shared a trailer for “Across the Spider-Verse,” which features an evocative voiceover of Miles’ mother Rio Morales (Lauren Velez) talking to her as she faces trouble. new set of threats. The trailer also gave fans a few glimpses of the many spider heroes to come, but Scarlet Spider clearly didn’t appear among them.

An illustration of Spider-Man Miles Morales kicking a white figure as he soars through the air between tall buildings.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) take on Spot (Jason Schwartzman) in “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”

(Sony Pictures Animation)

Marvel said in a statement that in the new movie, Miles encounters other Spiders throughout the Multiverse who are there to protect him. He clashes with the Spider-people team over how to deal with a new threat.

Last week’s trailer concluded with a dramatic chase sequence in which Miles’ Spider-Man tries to escape a pack of Spider-humans. As the hero is swallowed by the group, one of the Spider humans asks, “Who do you really think you are?”

“Across the Spider-Verse,” co-directed by Joaquim Dos Santos. Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson hits theaters on June 2.

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