Marvel has a long, interesting relationship with Japan and Japanese fans, and now it’s time for Japanese creators to show us western Marvel fans what superheroes look like to them. Marvel has teamed up with manga and anime publisher VIZ to release some of the best Marvel stories created by Japanese manga writers and artists.
Marvel’s first collaboration with VIZ will be Nao Fuji’s Marvel Meow, set to release on October 12, 2021. These comic strips first appeared on Marvel’s Instagram, and they follow the adventures of Captain Marvel’s cat, Chewie, “as she wreaks havoc in the lives of Marvel’s most popular characters: Spider-Man and Iron Man, formidable villains Thanos and Galactus, and the whimsical antihero, Deadpool.” For a preview, check out this Instagram post in which the mischievous feline harasses Groot and Rocket.
Next up from Marvel Japan is Deadpool: Samurai, releasing in February 2022. It started as a one-shot manga, but as with everything Deadpool-related, fans wanted more. Marvel obliged by launching an on-going Deadpool: Samurai series, written by Sanshiro Kasama and drawn by Hikaru Uesugi, in ShounenJump+.