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Disney+ Preview: Marvel’s 616 | Episode 1 – The Japanese Spider-Man

Disney has provided a preview of episode 1 from the upcoming Disney+ Original Series ’Marvel’s 616’.

All 8 episodes will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+ on November 20, 2020.

“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.

Episode 1 – The Japanese Spider-Man

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.

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