Marvel Comics has had many strange crossovers over the years. The many heroes of the Marvel Universe meeting the likes of Star Trek, Transformers, Archie and even their biggest rival DC Comics. But now an even stranger crossover is upon us, as the heroes of Marvel team up with one of the biggest superheroes of Japan, Ultraman.
Announced at the recent Anime Expo 2022 Tsuburaya Productions has announced that they will be teaming up with Marvel to have their franchise of Ultraman team up with the Avengers in an all-new mini series. The heroes Ultraman, Ultraseven and Ultraman Taro will team up with heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain Marvel.
Ultraman will crossover with Marvel Super Heroes for the first time in upcoming comic book miniseries!— ULTRAMAN Global (@TsuburayaGlobal) July 3, 2022
Learn the full announcement made at the Anime Expo:https://t.co/UoZu8oD0Bp#AX2022 #Marvel #Ultraman pic.twitter.com/WMH2wYDQWJ
For those who don’t know, Ultraman (NOT the DC Comics character) was created in 1966 by Eiji Tsuburaya, one of the co-creators of Godzilla, and his production company Tsuburaya Productions. The series follows Ultraman, a hero who battles various giant monsters. He takes on the form of a human, but when he is needed he becomes giant sized and fights Godzilla-Sized beasts with his incredible powers.
The series was so popular many spin-off series have been created, and in 2013 won the World Record for most spin-off shows (27 at the time).
In 2020 Marvel Comics teamed up with Tsuburaya to create a comic adaptation called The Rise of Ultraman. Two years later bot companies have joined forces to cross over their universes together.
Oddly enough this isn’t the first time Marvel has messed with Japanese giant monsters as the Avengers battled Godzilla in June of 1979 in issue #23 of Marvel’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters series through a partnership with Godzilla’s owner Toho.
Are you excited to see one of Japan’s “biggest” heroes crossover with the world of Marvel? The mini-series is set to release sometime in 2023. Will you pick up a copy?
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