Art by Michael Bair
|First appearance||The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 (March 1995)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco
(based upon Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
|Abilities||Possesses all of Spider-Man's powers. Can grow and shrink in size. Can turn body semi-liquid and form blades. Limited Shapeshifting.|
Spidercide is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain appearing in publications by Marvel Comics. He is a clone of the superhero Spider-Man, serving as an enemy and a foil to both his original counterpart and Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly), who was also a clone and an ally of Spider-Man.
Fictional character biography
During the Clone Saga, in addition to Ben Reilly, Kaine, Jack and Guardian another clone of Spider-Man was introduced, Spidercide. He was a red herring that was introduced to make him seem to be the real Peter Parker who was locked in a pod for roughly five years. While still in denial of the fact that he was a clone, Spidercide died during a battle with Spider-Man, Ben, and Kaine. Scrier recovered his remains and reanimated him, granting him the unique ability to turn into other materials and shapes in the process.[volume & issue needed] While Spidercide returned to the Jackal thereafter, his loyalty was always to Scrier from that point on. Spidercide harbors intense hatred to both Peter Parker and Ben Reilly, jealous of Parker of having a life with Mary Jane Watson as his wife and sharing Kaine's belief that Reilly is the original. His actions are in contrast with Reilly's, he does not share Spider-Man's morality, and would kill in order to claim Peter Parker's life as his own, thus resulting the development of his insanity. He later mortally wounded Kaine by impaling him through the chest, causing an enraged Ben Reilly to throw him into a power grid, electrocuting and seemingly killing him. His new powers allowed him to regenerate and he came back once more. He ultimately betrayed the Jackal, sending a copy of all of the Jackal's data to Scrier. The Jackal found out and tried to kill him, and Spidercide was once again incapacitated when he fell off the top of the Daily Bugle building during the fight, splattering his protoplasmic body into a pile of inert goo. His remains were taken away by police and he was placed in a state of suspended animation to keep him from returning.
The Jackal has recently acquired a fresh sample of Kaine's DNA. Ignoring his own advice of never cloning a clone, Jackal plans to create Spidercide 2.0.
Powers and abilities
Spidercide possesses all of Spider-Man's powers. In addition, he can shapeshift, turn his body into a semi-liquid form, and grow and shrink in size. His body is extremely durable and he can regenerate even after being pushed to the brink of death. As with many of Spider-Man's other clones, Spidercide does not trigger Spider-Man's spider sense; Spider-Man does not trigger Spidercide's spider sense either.
- Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega
- The Amazing Spider-Man #404
- Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha
- The Amazing Spider-Man #399
- Scarlet Spider vol. 2 #20
- Bio at Spiderfan.org
- The Clone Saga Timeline
- Spidercide on the Marvel Universe Character Bio Wiki
- Spidercide at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe