On November 10, on Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada’s weekly Newsarama column, New Joe Fridays Week 21, the topic of the Scarlet Spider and Clone Saga was brought up.
Q: “Andrew” – I’m just wondering, from a business and a fan perspective, do you believe that Marvel bringing back the Scarlet Spider or any other elements from the “Clone Saga” to the current Spider-Man titles would be disastrous sales-wise, or do you think that enough time has passed (10 years) that elements could be incorporated again and as long as it is written well, fans will enjoy it and not drop the books en-masse like they did a decade ago?
Quesada: No, I don’t believe it would be disastrous in any way. As a matter of fact, I think it would sell like crazy but it would have to be good. Make it mediocre and fans will deplore it. You have to remember, the “Clone Saga” was huge, arguably the biggest Spider-Man event ever, and in many ways, that’s where the problem lied. Because it was so successful, I believe that Marvel decided to keep it going way too long. So, while many people consider it a bad period for Spidey, commercially, it may have been the greatest period ever. Also, at this point, I think it has also become that thing of legend. While there may be people who read the original, there are many who never did and perhaps want to judge for themselves.
Q: There are still many Spider-Man fans clamoring for some of the loose ends of the Clone Saga to finally be tied up, and given Marvel’s revisiting of other decade-old events in Age of Apocalypse last year and Onslaught/Heroes Reborn now, can we expect to see any type of Clone Saga revisiting in the near-future (if even for the sake of finally putting those old loose ends to rest)?
Quesada: While I can’t discount us perhaps going back, there are no current plans to do so. But, the idea of the “Clone Saga” has always intrigued me.