On the off chance that you thought there was anywhere you could go to escape the presence of The Avengers now that they were the stars of a series of films that have taken in roughly 48 trillion dollars, don't fret: They are everywhere. Or, to be slightly more accurate, they're now in Japan, thanks to a series of comics designed to introduce Japanese children to Marvel's team of superheroes.
Created by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya as part of an effort to promote Marvel and Toie's new Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime, Marvel Avengers ran as a twelve-page one-shot in Monthly Korokoro Comic for kids, introducing Captain America, the Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Spider-Man to younger readers in a lighthearted comedy.
It doesn't yield too much specific plot information about Toei and Marvel's first major teamup since Japanese Spider-Man circa 1978, but the freshly-launched official website for the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime does deliver a lot of new character information via new artwork, character bios and even some animation.
Marvel Disc Wars: The Avengers-- perhaps the most prominent team-up between Marvel and Toei since Japanese Spider-Man in 1978 -- still has a few months before it's set to debut on TV in Japan, but Big Bad Toy Store already has a low-res look at its toys from Bandai. The assortment of action figures and transforming disks doesn't necessarily clarify the show's plot, but it is nice to see a more anime-style Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man and the Hulk in articulated 3D.
It's not exactly the return of our beloved Japanese Spider-Man, but Marvel has at least re-teamed with Toei for a new 2D anime set to launch in spring of 2014, with Bandai set to release merchandise (like, tons of toys). Titled, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, the series sounds kind of like... Monster Rancher? That's right, Loki has trapped most of the world's heroes and villains inside of new disks -- that were originally designed to capture and secure bad guys like Pokéballs -- and it's up to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Wasp to team with Spider-Man and a group of teens and "harness their respective fighting skills and superhuman powers to foil Loki’s scheme to take over the world."
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