You have absolutely no idea how excited I got upon first seeing the second image below. In case you weren't aware, I'm a huge fan of the Scarlet Spider. Or perhaps I should say Ben Reilly. At San Diego, Marvel teased us with the following image.
It was specifically said that the Scarlet Spider wasn't coming back. This image could have been intended as the final nail in the coffin. I've made my case why I believe Ben Reilly is still alive. I also wrote about the possible teases during the current Spider-Island story, involving the Jackal, the man who created Ben.
The problem is, the burning image above and recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man make me believe that while the Scarlet Spider might be coming back, it won't be Ben Reilly under the hood.
To confirm that Scarlet Spider is actually returning, check out this image from the Spider-Man panel today at New York Comic-Con.== TEASER ==
We'll update as soon as we get more information!
According to MTV Geek, beginning in 2012, Chris Yost and Ryan Stegman will be bringing us a new, ongoing Scarlet Spider. If you read this week's Amazing Spider-Man #671, you have a strong idea who I think will be wearing the costume. After the events of Spider-Island, apparently Scarlet Spider will be on the run and headed to Mexico.
Sadly, I'm afraid it won't be Ben Reilly. We'll have to wait. But supposedly we'll find out sooner rather than later.