Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), and Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.
3. Ben Reilly / Scarlet Spider
Into the Spider-Verse explored the idea of what it means to be a Spider-Man, letting the audience know anyone can be under the mask. But what happens if someone capable of killing and standing right in between the line of right and wrong gets super powers? Yes, we’re talking about Ben Reilly, A.K.A Scarlet Spider-Man.
A clone of Peter Parker that may be one of the most controversial heroes ever created. His latest comic book run saw him on a journey trying to redeem himself and his literal soul after all the bad actions he’s done. With all of this in mind, it’s safe to call him an anti-hero rather than a straight-up savior.
So why would such a complicated character make it into this list? Well, exactly for that. There isn’t any other Spider-Man quite like him, and he can add a layer of complexity to the sequel’s story. Into the Spider-Man featured protagonists that were good people by nature, and even if some of them made mistakes along the way (Peter B. Parker), they never did anything truly wrong.
However, the same cannot be said for Ben Reilly, and that could make for a morally-complex story. It could teach audiences anyone can redeem themselves and stand up as a hero when needed. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, but what you do right now with the abilities you have. He could be a sort of antagonist at the beginning, but the story ending with him standing up for good could be an interesting idea worth exploring.