‘Spider-Verse 2’ Producer Hints That Japanese Spider-Man Could Appear
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producer Phil Lord has implied that the Spider-Man from the 1978 Japanese TV show will appear in the sequel.
Supaidāman, colloquially referred to as “Japanese Spider-Man” by Western fans, was a rather… unique take on the character’s mythology created by Toei. In the show, motorcyclist Takuya Yamashiro received a blood transfusion from a 400-year-old alien from the planet Spider. With his newfound power, Yamashiro becomes Spider-Man to avenge the death of his father, while fighting off the forces of the Iron Cross Army, a ruthless group of aliens seeking galactic domination. Although the show has little in common with the source material, this Spidey still uses many of Peter Parker’s powers from the comics, alongside a gigantic mecha known as Leopardon.
This version of the character has appeared in the various Spider-Verse comic book crossovers with his mecha, and attentive fans of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have noticed that a drawing of Leopardon can be seen in Miles Morales’ introductory scene. While there was a Japanese Spidey in Spider-Verse in the form of Peni Parker (and her own mecha, Sp//dr), some fans lamented that the self-proclaimed “Emissary of Hell” did not get to make a cameo at the end of the film. Well, it sounds like Phil Lord is suggesting that they’ve got plans in mind for Japanese Spider-Man with the second Spider-Verse movie. When a fan asked the writer and producer of the first film if there were any plans for this version of the web-head, he responded by saying that they have a design for him:
— Phil Lord (@philiplord) November 5, 2019
The producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse previously teased that they would put Japanese Spider-Man into the sequel if the initial film made over $200 million at the domestic box office. While it came up about $10 million short of that goal, it’s great to hear that this wacky version of the wall-crawler still has a shot at appearing in the next installment of this series. There’s no guarantee that he will make it into the sequel as of yet, but having a design ready is a great start for the future of Sony’s animated franchise.
Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord, the film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now available on home video.