BREAKING - Spider-Man and Iron Man will team up in a new manga by Yu-Gi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi.
The new manga collaboration was announced by VIZ Media during the company's panel at this year's New York Comic-Con. The new book will be titled Secret Reverse, and will see Peter Parker's Spider-Man and Iron Man traveling to Japan to stop the plans of an evil gaming magnate and their deadly new technology. Secret Reverse is currently scheduled to debut sometime in 2022.
Announcement: Spider-Man and Iron Man travel to Japan to battle an evil gaming magnate and his deadly new technology in Secret Reverse—a new addition to the Marvel Universe from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi! Releases Summer 2022! pic.twitter.com/7tN9fClOFe— VIZ (@VIZMedia) October 9, 2021
The new title is Marvel's latest experiment with anime and manga, with their most notable past attempt being 2013's Marvel Anime project, which saw the comics giant co-produce a group of anime miniseries alongside acclaimed anime studio Madhouse, which is best known for producing hit anime adaptations of series such as Trigun, Death Note and Black Lagoon. The other three Marvel properties featured in the project were the X-Men, a solo Wolverine series, and Blade. Sony Pictures Television recently put several episodes of these series up on their official YouTube channel for free online viewing. The series was originally broadcast on the now defunct G4 cable TV network. The collaboration was successful enough to push Marvel into commissioning two additional direct-to-video movies from Madhouse, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore in 2013 and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher in 2015.
Takahashi's Yu-Gi-Oh! originally debuted in 1996 with the publication of the manga's first chapter in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series tells the story of Yugi Mutou, a timid but kind young boy who solves the pyramid-shaped Millenium Puzzle, which causes him to become possessed by the spirit of an ancient pharaoh that's obsessed with gambling and games of chance. The series introduced the Duel Monsters card game, which was later adapted into a real-world trading card game and series of video games by Konami, a Japanese video game company that was once known for producing hit franchises such as Castlevania, Contra and Metal Gear Solid. Despite the original source material featuring a surprising amount of violence and death, a localized and heavily edited version of the series' anime adaptation made its way onto Saturday morning cartoon lineups in the United States and Canada, and the series became one of the most popular anime franchises of the era. The popularity of both the anime and the card game have persisted since, and the franchise is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a number of events throughout the rest of the year.