Fans of Spider-Man and tokusatsu may know about its 1978 Toei adaptation. In it, Peter Parker is replaced with a motocross racer named Takuya. And there are no radioactive spiders here; instead, he gets his powers from the blood of an alien spider warrior.
There are a few — okay, many — other differences between the series. For one, Spidey inherited an alien spacecraft named the Marveller (get it?). And when necessary, it changes into a giant robot named Leopardon!
If this is all sounding a little Power Rangers, you’re not wrong. Many elements of Toei’s Spider-Man went on to inspire super sentai as we know it.
What happens when you blend the classic with the new? Have a look at video editor Mike Dent’s take:
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The video, of course, uses the Toei series’s theme performed by anime and toku singer Yuki Hide. But it also overlays Japanese credits à la classic toku series. (If your Japanese is good, you can see who got name checked!)
The biggie, though? Marveller — then Leopardon — appears in the opening. In between clips from Civil War and Homecoming, we see a scene of Spidey summoning the giant robot (using footage from the Toei series, of course).
Now, Leopardon has appeared in a few modern comics, but it’s yet to make its way to the MCU. It might be overkill for Peter, but who wouldn’t enjoy a classic toku mech in the midst of those battle scenes?
For now, at least, we can imagine what that might be like. And, of course, Spider-Man: Homecoming is already swinging its way through theaters!
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