Disney has released some details and images of the first episode of the new Marvel documentary series, Marvel’s 616.
“Marvel’s 616” explores Marvel’s rich legacy of pioneering characters, creators and storytelling to reflect the world outside your window. Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, showcases the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.
In Episode 1, we learn about the Japanese Spider-Man. Here is the official description:
When a UFO descent brings tragedy into the life of young racer Takuya Yamashiro, he fights back by trading his motorcycle for a giant battle robot to challenge the sinister forces of Professor Monster. This is the Japanese origin story of Marvel’s most popular character, Spider-Man. In 1978, Marvel Comics and Japanese distributor TOEI signed a historic deal to bring Marvel characters to Japanese television. Their first collaboration, Spider-Man (Supaidāman), was a massive hit that revolutionized an entire genre of popular Japanese entertainment. This documentary from David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef’s Table) uncovers how such an incredible cultural crossover occurred — with insights from the cast and crew who narrowly pulled it off.
Here are some images from this episode:
The whole first season of Marvel’s 616 is coming to Disney+ on Friday, November 20th.
Are you excited to learn more about the Japanese Spider-Man?