Back in November 2019 it was announced that Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Entertainment had formed a partnership. Now one of the fruits of that union has been revealed.
Announced during Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel during C2E2, The Rise of Ultraman is a brand new series starring the popular character owned by Tsuburaya written by Kyle Higgins & Mat Gromm with art by Francesco Manna.
“A few years ago, thanks to my time on Power Rangers, I was able to discover and learn more about Tokusatsu. With its wildly different conventions and inspirations, Tokusatsu — and Ultraman in particular — has been a huge source of joy for me,” said Higgins. “It’s a genre so ripe with possibilities, even down to what we conceive of in the structure of super hero storytelling. It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring Ultraman to Marvel.”
“Monsters in fiction have been embodying all that is dark and scary in our world for as long as we’ve been telling stories. But I don’t think anybody understood the immense scale of our most pressing problems quite like Eiji Tsuburaya,” shared Groom. “He imagined the darkness looming overhead as tall as skyscrapers— alien and unknowable and ANGRY. But he also imagined us being able to stand up to those monsters, by rising above our worst impulses and embracing a nobler way of being. He imagined ULTRAMAN. What does that mean in this complex, contradictory world of lies? We’re going to find out…”
There is no word whether the series is a miniseries or ongoing, but it will debut later in 2020.