Kaine / Tarantula / Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker, Marvel Prime)

General rule of comics is that if a character has a clone (or clones in the case of Spidey), one of them usually turns out to be evil. At least until they prove themselves to be a hero. Introduced in Web of Spider-Man #119 (1994) by Terry Kavanagh and Steven Butler, Kaine was the first of Peter Parker’s clone to be created by Jackal. However, since Jackal hadn’t perfected the clone process, Kaine had developed a skin degeneration, which caused him to become deformed and mentally unstable. Instead of killing him, Jackal abandoned him. Kaine blamed Peter for his existence but thought that Ben was the real Peter Parker. So while Ben traveled the country after originally fighting Peter, Kaine followed him and began attacking Ben. He also began protecting Peter as he believed that he was the same as him (a clone) and attack many of Spidey’s enemies.

He was eventually sent to prison after he confessed to a crime that Peter got blamed for. He eventually escaped and started working with Jackal in order to find a cure for him. However, he sacrificed his life to save Peter but the Jackal held him in a recovery pod. After Ben became Spider-man, Kaine made peace with him and eventually handed himself into the authority. He eventually escaped and tried to kill Norman Osborn. After teaming up with the villain Raptor, who blamed Peter for the death of his family, he was attacked by Kraven’s children but tried to escape to warn Peter. He eventually allowed himself to be captured by the Kravenoff who sacrificed his life in order to bring back their father’s life.

Kaine then resurrected by Jackal but transformed into a Spider-like man known as Tarantula during the Spider-Island arc. When he was sent to stop Horizon Lab from creating a cure, he was cure of the Spider-disease and his skin degeneration. After that arc, he took one of Spider-man’s suit and traveled Houston, Texas where he reluctantly became the city’s hero, dubbed by the media as Scarlet Spider, something he hated. He eventually accepted the Other’s offer and joined up with the New Warriors.  It was during this time that, Daemos of the Inheritor attacked the team in order to get Kaine but he was rescued by the Spider warrior and joined up with a alternate Ben Reilly and Ultimate Spider-woman, where they discovered that the Inheritor were clones. When Ben was killed, he transformed into a man-spider and attacked the Inheritors home world where he was killed by Morlun. After the Spider-verse, he was revived and became a secret agent of the Weaver where they discovered that a number of worlds had been affected by a zombie like Carrion disease. He teamed up with Spider-Gwen and they helped stop an insane Ben Reilly, who he later began hunting down. He has since forgave Ben and allowed him to continue as Scarlet Spider.

Unlike Ben, Kaine was never really a popular character until he became the Scarlet Spider. Since then he has had a number of his Scarlet Spider version done in figure form. He had one in the Rocket Raccoon wave but that was done on an outdated buck. He later got a MU figure. He is getting an updated figure in the upcoming SP//DR.


Spider-man Suit


Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Hobgoblin wave – Classic Spider-man (AKA the pizza eating Spidey) OR Marvel Legends Vintage wave 1 Spider-man

  • Background:
    • Just like Ben, Kaine has worn Peter’s classic costume on more then one occasions. One such occasion was when he tricked the Kravenoffs into thinking he was really Peter and killed him in order to resurrect their father. He alter worn it after he was cure of the Spider disease and Peter had to trick his friend into thinking Kaine was Spider-man
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Just like Ben or any other character, I wouldn’t recommend getting this for Kaine but instead for Peter.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No. No. A thousand times no. Spider-man has had this costume done so many times it’s ridiculous.

Stealth Suit


Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Armin Zola wave – Big-Time Spider-man

  • Background:
    • After being resurrected and helping to defeat the Queen, Ben took one of Peter’s stealth and tried to began a new life in Mexico. Because of the suit function to change into a new design, it was eventually transformed into his Scarlet Spider suit but would be used occasionally, like when he tried to sneak into the X-mansion to killed Wolverine.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • There is a reason that ShartimusPrime refers to this as the big let down Spider-man. The paint app on this figure is bad and is on an outdated build. Only get this for your Spider-man wardrobe but other then that it can be skipped.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. Really needs a new figure on the Pizza Spidey buck.

Scarlet Spider


Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-man SP//DR wave – Scarlet Spider

  • Background:
    • This is actually the exact same suit as the Stealth Suit, which had the function of changing it’s design to whatever the user was thinking. Kaine used it reluctantly to save some people in Houston while he was trying to get to Mexico. The media dubbed him Scarlet Spider, which he hated because that was Ben’s name.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While Hasbro already released this figure, it is now a really bad figure. The upcoming figure is a brand new buck and will come with some nice accessories, like the Other stingers. This is a figure to Spidey fan and New Warrior member but is an absolute most for a Spider-verse display.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.


Below is a gallery of costumes that still need to be made. Click on the image to see chances of it being made. Please note that this is my personal opinion and not fact. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.


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