Looks like there will be a new giant man at Marvel in 2020. Announced at Tokyo Comic Con, the company is teaming up with Tsuburaya Productions to produce new Ultraman comics and graphic novels. The Japanese live-action Ultraman show first aired in 1966 and featured its titular hero Ultraman. Ultraman was from Nebula M78, and while chasing his enemy, killed the Earthman Shin Hayata. Feeling responsible for Hayata’s death, he merged himself with the human and helped protect the Earth from giant alien monsters.
The original Ultraman was a hit and spawned many different series featuring different Ultramen (and yes there are Ultrawomen too). The most recent series, Ultraman Taiga, aired this past Summer and will air worldwide in 2020. An anime based on the recent ULTRAMAN manga is streaming on Netflix worldwide. Well, now Ultraman will be appearing in Marvel comics.
No details were revealed about Marvel’s Ultraman (eg. will it feature the original Ultraman, if so, him only, etc.) though the products are described to be all-new stories. Marvel EiC
Akir C.B. Cebulski was excited about the announcement:
“Like Marvel, Ultraman captivated generations by telling spectacular stories grounded in the real world, and it continues to be a beloved classic through its television shows, movies, toys, games, comics, and more. We are so thrilled to introduce new chapters to the Ultraman Multiverse next year.”
Creative teams and a release date have yet to be announced. Hopefully the comic issues will last longer than Ultraman’s Color Timer. Will Ultraman join the Marvel Universe like Conan did? Shuwatch this space!