An undercover FBI agent assigned to investigate the new Doctor Octopus, Carolyn Trainer, Joe Wade was discovered and forced to undertake a virtual reality graft. Carolyn turned him into a hard-light holographic duplicate of the Scarlet Spider in order to ruin his reputation.
In his Scarlet Spider guise, Joe was actually trapped in a virtual reality chamber, with his thoughts projecting the hologram.
Despite this, Joe was unable to stop himself from committing acts of violence. When the real Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly, attacked Doctor Octopus's lair, he damaged the machine while Joe was still inside. The damage to the virtual reality chamber caused the grafts to malfunction, and Joe became a real mechanized Scarlet Spider with amazing powers.
As the new Scarlet Spider, Joe was superhumanly strong and fast, and had claws on his fingertips; he could also fire webbing from his wrists, crawl up walls, and fire laser 'stingers' from his eyes.
It took both Ben Reilly (in the guise of Spider-Man) and the New Warriors to stop the cybernetic Scarlet Spider, and the FBI put him in custody and had him undergo medical treatments to remove the technology.
His fate is still unknown.
Like the original Scarlet Spider before him, his cyborg powers include super strength, speed, endurance, durability, healing, telepathic spider sense, and wall crawling powers, with the additional powers of sound weapon production and illusion making.
He is trapped in a virtual reality chamber, in his guise as the evil Scarlet Spider.
- 9 appearance(s) of Joseph Wade (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Joseph Wade (Earth-616)
- 6 image(s) of Joseph Wade (Earth-616)
- 1 quotation(s) by or about Joseph Wade (Earth-616)