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What: 3 Dev Adam ("Three Giant Men"), a.k.a. Turkish Spider-Man vs. Captain Turkish America, a 1973 Turkish film featuring the long-awaited team-up of Captain America and Mexican lucha wrestler Santo against a surprisingly evil and overweight Spider-Man. Here it is in its entirety, without the burden of subtitles:

Why: 3 Dev Adam starts the way most Spider-Man films do: with your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler burying a woman neck-deep in sand and then killing her with a motorboat propeller. This brings Captain America and Santo flying in from North America to stop him from... well, doing that again. This Spider-Man is an Istanbul art thief with giant eyebrows, who likes stabbing people with switchblades and strangling people in the shower. This has to stop, so Captain America and Santo split up to find him. Santo stuffs things in his pants and fights martial artists in a dojo, while Captain America hangs upside-down and cat-slaps his foes. Finally Cap and Santo kill Spider-Man... but wait! One of Spider-Man's only powers is to regenerate instantly from death. This happens again and again, until our heroes trap him in a set of train tracks and run over his head with a cart full of cinderblocks. That squashes the Spider dead. Turkish justice is served.

Impact: Fresh off their success with Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda, in which the USS Enterprise picks up a Turkish hobo, the production company Renkli joined three of North America's greatest heroes in 3 Dev Adam. Stunningly, 3 Dev Adam was the very last time Captain America and Santo teamed up against Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Captain America portrayer Aytekin Akkaya did not fade into obscurity. Instead, he stole the show as the leader of the Sand People in the 1983 blockbuster Yor, The Hunter from the Future. Attention Chris Evans: Keep it up, and this can happen to you!

Personal Connection: As the developer of six Marvel games to date, it falls to me to be aware of all the continuity concerning the Marvel Universe throughout its eighty-plus years of storytelling. So when you ask "Which Marvel superhero is known for sending a pair of guinea pigs through a tube to eat his victim's eyeballs?" I can confidently say "Why, that's Spider-Man!" It's just one of the handy services I provide.

Other Contenders: Roger Corman's emotional take on the Fantastic Four; Killer Condom, the Troma film based on a German comic about carnivorous prophylactics; Halle Berry's bold reimagining of a comic book legend in Catwoman; George Lucas's epic Howard the Duck, in which you will believe a duck can't fly.


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Apr. 1st, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
Holy edible eyesockets! (Wrong character, I know, but I couldn't help it.) I've never seen this or heard of it, but now I have to, and I'm spreading the word to my movie-geek friends who have the time and money to hunt this stuff down for me.

Roger Corman did the Fantastic Four? I'm afraid to look. I might just find something else to add to the "must watch" list.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I actually own a copy of Corman's unfinished FF movie. One of the perks of being a creative director on a Marvel game, apparently.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I've seen a number of Corman films, and he's a master at...well, what he does. He helped a lot of upcoming actors/directors when they were trying to get a leg up in the business. Apparently, he had a real attraction to being extremely frugal.
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
I want to believe. But then I look at the calendar, and ...
Apr. 1st, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
You think I filmed an entire movie in Turkish for April Fools Day? That's even beyond... well, okay, no, it isn't. But I didn't.
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Apr. 2nd, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
"Any more bright ideas? Why don't you strip down and have a hundred people stare at you!"
Apr. 2nd, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
I refuse to argue with any choice of an El Santo movie.

Although if you doing most beautiful comic book movie not actually based on a comic book, I would nominate Unbreakable.

Oh wait a minute. This is one of them April Fool things, isn't it. :-P
Apr. 2nd, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
How about an El Santo movie where he frequently removes his mask? Because that's what 3 Dev Adam is.

And yes, now that it is April 2, I might have come to my senses. Expect an update.
Apr. 8th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I saw Killer Condom on late-night cable long ago, in its entirety, in the original German (with English subtitles). It was quite possibly the most perfect balance of humor and wrongness I've ever seen. The presentation of the protagonist's monologue during the climax [not a pun] was surprisingly clever. - ZM
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