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Synopsis for "Spider-Man Forever"

Ben Reilly sits atop a building brooding in the pouring rain thinking about how his life has gone up to this point.[Continuity 1] He thinks about happy he was growing up as a kid under the name Peter Parker with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. However, that all changed on the day when the radioactive spider bit him as a teenager. Gaining spider-powers, Ben remembers how he created his web-shooters and Spider-Man costume in order to cash in on these new abilities. It was after a television appearance that Spider-Man refused to stop a crook that his life turned tragic. Later, hie Uncle Ben was murdered and when Spider-Man tracked down the killer he discovered it was the burglar he let get away earlier. Learning that with great power comes great responsibility, young Peter Paker then began using his spider-powers to fight crime.[Continuity 2]

Reilly then thinks about all the villains he fought over the years including the Vulture, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin. None of them beat him until the day the Green Goblin murdered his first true love, Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 3] He never full bounced back by this, and it was Gwen's death that continued to haunt him. Eventually, the Jackal -- deranged by the death of Gwen Stacy, created a clone of Spider-Man to fight him.[Continuity 4] As far as Ben understands it, there was a mix-up, Ben Reilly was thought to be the clone and seemingly perished in battle. His body was dumped in a smokestack and left for dead.[Continuity 5] However, he survived and thinking himself to be the clone of Peter Parker, Ben Reilly changed his name and left New York to start a new life.[Continuity 6] Over the next five years, the man that is now known as Peter Parker lived his life and went on to marry Mary Jane.[Continuity 7]

Learning that Aunt May is dying, Ben Reilly return to New York City where his life too yet another twist.[Continuity 8] He reconnected with Peter Parker and later became the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 9] That's when the Jackal resurfaced and turn their lives upside down once again.[Continuity 10] After a series of tests, Ben was told he was the original Spider-Man and Peter Parker was actually the clone.[Continuity 11] With Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man, Ben knows that the world still needs a hero and decides that, now and forever, he will be Spider-Man.[Continuity 12]

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Continuity Notes

Clone Saga Reading Order
Prelude
The Double
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Parker Legacy
Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
The Lost Years
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
Act One
Power and Responsibility
Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
The Exile Returns
Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
Back From the Edge
Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
Web of Life
Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
Web of Death
Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
Funeral for an Octopus
Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
Smoke and Mirrors
Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
Players and Pawns
The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
Aftershocks
Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
Mark of Kaine
Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
Crossfire
Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
The Trial of Peter Parker
Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
Planet of the Symbiotes
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
Act Two
Maximum Clonage
Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Alpha Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
Growing Pains
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
The Exiled
Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
Time Bomb
The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
The Greatest Responsibility
Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
Act Three
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
Virtual Morality
Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
Cyberwar
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
Nightmare in Scarlet
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
The Sensational Spider-Man
Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
The Final Adventure
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
Act Four
Media Blizzard
Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
The Return of Kaine
The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
Web of Carnage
Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
Blood Brothers
Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
Redemption
Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
Peter Parker Returns
Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
Loose Ends
Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
Revelations
The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  1. This story has multiple references as to how Ben Reilly is the real Spider-Man and how Peter Parker was a clone. This was told to Reilly in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this was a deception orchestrated by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  2. Spider-Man's origins and the death of his Uncle Ben were chronicled in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  3. Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  4. The Jackal's first revenge scheme against Spider-Man occurred in Amazing Spider-Man #142-149.
  5. Peter Parker disposed of his clone's body in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
  6. Ben's discovery that he was a clone was depicted in The Parker Legacy event.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
  7. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be considered a common-law couple here.
  8. Ben Reilly resurfaced in Web of Spider-Man #115. Aunt May suffered a stroke around this time in Amazing Spider-Man #391. At the time of this story everyone believed Aunt May died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. This woman is actually an impostor as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  9. Peter and Ben were reunited in Web of Spider-Man #117. Reilly became the Scarlet Spider during the Web of Life story arc.
    Web of Life
    Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
  10. The Jackal returned during the Smoke and Mirrors story arc.
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
  11. This deception was revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
  12. Peter Parker retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.

Publication Notes

  • This Mini-Comic was published by Wizard Magazine in conjunction with Marvel Comics. It was bagged with Wizard: The Comics Magazine #52.

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