Film critic Ed Glaser has released an HD documentary that sheds light on one of the 1973 Spider-Man films. This is reported by Gizmodo.
We are talking about the Turkish cult film 3 Dev Adam, which is also known as 3 Giants or Captain America & Santo vs. Spider-Man. This November, the film turns 50 years old.
One of the features of the film is that it is the world’s first comic book crossover film, made long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) appeared on the “scene”.
The mini-documentary about this adaptation of Spider-Man is six and a half minutes long and is part of the Deja View series. In his video, the film expert explains that films with costumed heroes were popular in Turkey in the 1960s and 70s. This was facilitated by weak copyright protection for foreign works at that time. Trying to take advantage of this, the director T. Fikret Uçak decided to combine several heroes in one film so that the audience could see them together.
And while the average viewer knows who Captain America and Spider-Man are, El Santo is a lesser-known character. This is a real luchador named Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, who first appeared on the screen in 1958. By 1982, he appeared in more than 50 films. All three characters had varying degrees of popularity in Turkey at the time.
By the way, the animated film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse started better than expected and earned $208.6 million at the global box office. The film hit the big screen on June 2.