'Scarlet Spider' headed to 'New Warriors' after solo-series finale
(CBR) Kaine Parker, the man beneath the mask in title character of Marvel Comics' recently concluded "Scarlet Spider" series, is a genetic clone of Peter Parker right down to his spider powers, but he wasn't lucky enough to have an Uncle Ben and Aunt May to teach him about power and responsibility. Instead he was raised by his creator, the villainous Jackal, who instilled in him the belief that he was a defective monster because of a flaw in the cloning process that left him with a degenerative and fatal disorder.
It was no surprise that Kaine turned to a life of crime and villainy. Recently, after being cured of his degenerative disorder, he tried to atone for his past by becoming the Scarlet Spider, Houston's very own super hero. That came to an end in "Scarlet Spider" #25, the final issue of the series by writer Chris Yost and artist David Baldeon, which concluded with Kaine leaving Houston and believing he was not a hero.
That doesn't mean Kaine's heroic journey is over, however. This February, the Scarlet Spider reluctantly finds himself embroiled in the adventures of a new version of an established Marvel team when Yost and artist Marcus To kick off an all-new "New Warriors" ongoing series. We spoke with Yost for a look back at his run on "Scarlet Spider" and how the events of the final issue will impact "New Warriors."
CBR News: Chris, with "Scarlet Spider" you inherited a character who had done a lot of bad stuff but wanted to repent and do some good. Having read the last issue of "Scarlet Spider," I'm wondering if Kaine's quest was sort of doomed from the start because he believes he can't be forgiven for what he's done and on some level will always be a monster and the defective being his creator made him believe he was. Is that true?
Chris Yost: It wasn't doomed from the start, but that's what we wanted to examine. You can make the lives of characters like Daredevil miserable because he's such a strong character. You know he's going to climb out of the depths and be okay, but with Kaine you've got a character where that's not necessarily true. His journey isn't just about redemption. It's also about examining someone who may not be able to be redeemed.
Do you think Kaine was a victim of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his "father?" And if so do you think he's dealt with that?
The minute he was born his father figure tried to kill him, so he was rejected on every level. Plus he was dealing with the fact that he was dying and that there was a perfect clone of Peter Parker out there in the form of Ben Reilly. So his life was a mess and that's led to him being messed up. He just assumes that good things can't happen to him, and that's a very common thing with the survivors of any kind of abuse.
Over the course of "Scarlet Spider" Kaine made a lot of violent and perhaps poor choices, but many of them were to protect his friends. It was interesting to see his encounters with Wolverine in issues #17-19 go so sour because Wolverine did and still does many of those things, yet he is widely accepted as a hero. Do you think if he and Logan had become friends that Kaine would have gotten some perspective on who he was and who he could become?
Kaine and Wolverine have very similar issues. They both at their core believe they are monsters, or animals in Wolverine's case. They're also both trying to do right, but at the same time they're both very violent people who use very violent means to accomplish whatever end they're after. So the arc that guest starred Wolverine was almost like putting two of the same kind of creature in a room together. You'd think that it would work out, but they're more likely to kill each other.
One person who had a definite effect on Kaine's perspective in this series was Otto Octavius, whose consciousness currently resides in the body of Kaine's "brother," Peter. How did it feel for Kaine to be utterly rejected by Peter during the "Sibling Rivalry" crossover between "Scarlet Spider" and "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up?"
In a year where we were trying to make everything as bad as possible for Kaine to have Peter Parker, the guy who put him on this path, say to him, "You're an abomination of science. You're never going to be a hero. You should be destroyed" is devastating. That was said out of anger not sadness, but it just reinforced everything Kaine was thinking. So it's kind of like for every step forward he takes about 100 steps back.
In your final issue Kaine's friends reject him because they see his monstrous "Other" form, but Aracely stands by him. Why does he allow her to stay with him? He claims that he's out to reunite her with her parents, but does Kaine need her friendship right now?
One of my favorite things at the end of the issue is they're both sitting on the beach together and Kaine is like, "I'm not a hero. I'm a monster. I can't be a super hero. This is never going to happen." Then on that last page though you realize that Kaine actually did go back and save those tourists. So despite everything that he says and thinks he believes he still did the right thing. There's still that little tiny part of him that shines. So there's a little hope at the end there.
This is a guy who wants to be alone and is pushing everybody away, but still is somehow allowing this really headstrong girl push him around. So there's all these signs that point to a part of Kaine that still is trying to be better. He knows that if he goes out on his own it's over.
Kaine is not an easy guy to be around either, but Aracely sees something in him. She views him as her champion. She knows this in her gut; at a visceral, core level. Plus, she's seen him in his Other form before. When he was in that form he tried to kill her and if that's not going to put her off him perhaps nothing will.
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