Italian Spider-Man (2007)

At one point, before the internet united the world and divided our country, each nation had its own take on superheroes, like Japan’s Supaidāman, Turkey’s 3 Dev Adam (there are so many to pick from in that country, to be honest) and Mexico’s La Mujer Murcielago.

Director Dario Russo and actor David Ashby made this as a short in college, then turned it into multiple episodes in which Italian Spiderman (Ashby as Franco Franchetti) proves to be the only man who can hold a reality-altering asteroid.

From a surf contest with Captain Maximum (Leombruno Tosca) to growing to a massive size to fight that villain, massacaring his henchmen and losing his mentor Professor Bernardi, all while stock footage crocodiles turn into men, penguins being summoned, mustache boomerangs and the non-appearance of a villain named Goblin run past you at superhuman speed.

It helps if you know way too much about ripoff remix remake films, but even if you don’t, this is still pretty great.

Russo and Ashby would go on to make Danger 5.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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