2. Ben Reilly
This one is undoubtedly a fan favourite. The tale of the evil Jackal’s creation of a clone of Peter Parker was a harrowing twist in the web for our hero, as he even began to wonder whether he himself was real, or indeed just a clone of the ‘true’ character. Ben Reilly soon adopted the mantle of the ‘Scarlet Spider’, leading into an epic yarn which climaxed with the return of Norman Osborn and the truth of which Parker was the original.
Osborn just gets one or two references in the new film, acting as the head of Oscorp Industries from behind-the-scenes while the Lizard incident comes to light. Wouldn’t it be great if the not-yet-casted character could stay in the shadows for now, manipulating Spider-Man from off-stage until he brings him near breaking point, perhaps alluding to a Green Goblin forged out of darkness and corruption rather than a freak scientific accident? The idea of a psychological battle for Spidey involving Reilly would no doubt be an appealing one to fans, and as I say it might allow for a strong Osborn arc to develop in the process. I’ll return to this later!