On the "Daily Bugle" official tie-in website for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there have been many teases offered up - some of the earliest signs of the now-confirmed appearance of the Sinister Six in the film universe appeared there on the Tumblr blog.
But they can't really be teasing what it looks like they're teasing in this new post, can they? An article by "Ken Ellis" about the newest class at Empire State University hearkens to none other than The Clone Saga. The story at Marvel Comics introduced multiple clones of Peter Parker, including Ben Reilly and Kaine - a clone that starts as a villain but now operates in the Marvel Universe as Scarlet Spider. Those clones were created by The Jackal, Professor Miles Warren. In the Daily Bugle article, Warren is mentioned by name and in relation to a new Cloning course at the fictional school.
“Our responsibility is to educate our students and prepare them for life. For those who study genetics or biology, cloning will be a fact of life.
“We are cloning single-celled amoeba. Maybe one day we’ll work our way up to mice. There is no ethical dilemma. Save your red flag for when I start cloning co-eds…” Warren is quoted as saying. Of course, in the comics, he also cloned Gwen Stacy.
So could The Clone Saga or some variation of it actually come to the big screen? There are the obvious problems: if you're cloning Peter Parker in a comic book, you just draw more Peter Parkers. If you clone him in a film, you have to have Andrew Garfield play more characters. Of course, there was a variation on the concept in Marvel's Ultimate universe, which has been drawn from heavily for film, including in the Amazing Spider-Man world, where the lasting clone was actually a female version of Peter Parker. Doing that could give Sony another hero to expand the franchise with, without having to get Garfield to greatly increase his commitment. Given that Sony has already announced plans to expand the Spider-Man franchise into a multiple film shared universe, it does make a certain level of sense. In the Ultimate Universe that character eventually calls herself Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman - which brings another question into the mix: does Sony have the rights to that character, or does her longtime affiliation with the Avengers in the regular Marvel Universe make her belong to Marvel Studios? Perhaps she's a "special case" like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are with Fox and Marvel.
Anyway, the inclusion of Miles Warren and cloning on an official teaser site for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has to be noted and could open the door to a whole wealth of stories and characters from the comics - for better or for worse.