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The Untold Truth Of Spider-Man’s Clone, Ben Reilly

Think Peter Parker’s life is tough? Try being his clone.

Despite his decades of publication history and strong connection to Marvel’s most popular character, Benjamin Reilly never really caught a proper break. In the comics, he is a lab-created copy of one of Earth’s greatest heroes, with all of the powers and emotional baggage but none of the legitimacy. In reality, he started out as an extension of an “absurd” story idea, a throwaway concept that, were it not for corporate interference, would have been little more than a forgotten footnote in comic book history. And when Ben finally got his shot at stardom, it was sandwiched within a convoluted story arc that overstayed its welcome — one that was so reviled, even its animated adaptation took potshots at it (via Screen Rant).

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