An undercover FBI agent assigned to investigate the new Doctor Octopus, Carolyn Trainer, Joe Wade is discovered and forced to undertake a virtual reality graft. Carolyn turns him into a hard-light holographic duplicate of the Scarlet Spider, in order to ruin his good name.
In his Scarlet Spider guise, Joe is actually trapped in a virtual reality chamber, and his thoughts power the hologram.
Despite this, Joe is unable to stop himself from committing acts of violence. When the real Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly, attacks Doctor Octopus's lair, he damages the machine while Joe is still inside. The damage to the virtual reality chamber causes the grafts to malfunction, and Joe becomes a real mechanized Scarlet Spider with amazing powers.
As the new Scarlet Spider, Joe is superhumanly strong and fast, and has claws on his fingertips; he can also fire webbing from his wrists, crawl up walls, and fire laser 'stingers' from his eyes.
It took both Ben Reilly (in the guise of Spider-Man) and the New Warriors to stop the cybernetic Scarlet Spider, and the FBI put him in custody and have him undergo medical treatments to remove the technology.
His fate is still unknown.
- 8 Appearances of Joseph Wade (Earth-616)
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