From the cartoony Spider-Ham to the ultra-adorable Peni Parker, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse serves as an introduction to alternate versions of Spider-Man. With a sequel already in the works, fans may get to see more Spider-People -- including the version from the 1978 Japanese TV series -- join forces against a mutual enemy. According to producer and writer Phil Lord, though, there's a catch.
In response to a fan telling him on Twitter that people were counting on him to put the Japanese Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse sequel, Lord jokingly replied he will, on the condition that the film crosses $200 million domestic at the box office.
I will IF we cross 200 domestic. Deal everybody? https://t.co/Fu0K06hxzq— philip lord (@philiplord) January 2, 2019
Created as part of a three-year licensing deal between Marvel Comics and Toei Company, Supaidāman ran for forty-one episodes and a movie between May 1978 and March 1979. In contrast to Peter Parker, Takuya Yamashiro is a motorcycle racer who is given spider powers and a spaceship that can transform into a giant robot by the alien Garia to battle Professor Monster and the Iron Cross Army.
While the series is quite infamous for how cheesy and strange it can get, Stan Lee himself liked the series, and Takuya was even part of the original Spider-Verse story arc in the comics. Given how successful Into the Spider-Verse has proven so far -- with the film having made $200 million worldwide -- it looks like Lord may have to live up to his end of the baragain when production on the sequel begins.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film is in theaters now.