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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Marvel to create first Chinese superhero comic star

The US publishing giant and Chinese company NetEase have joined forces to create the comic star

China's new superhero will join a long list of Marvel pop culture figures including Spider-Man. Chuck Zlotnick / CTMG, Inc
China's new superhero will join a long list of Marvel pop culture figures including Spider-Man. Chuck Zlotnick / CTMG, Inc

United States publishing giant Marvel has announced that it will work together with a Beijing-based company to create its first-ever Chinese comic superhero.

The Disney-owned company, which has created iconic superheroes like Spiderman and Captain America, and Chinese company NetEase have signed an agreement to work together to create the first comic with a Chinese superhero.

Marvel has also authorised NetEase to release 12 copies of its comic stories online in China, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America, reports Efe news.

Movies based on Marvel comics have earned over 8 billion yuan ($1.18 billion) in China so far.

The news come just days out from the biggest pop culture festival in the world, Comic-Con, which is to be held in San Diego in the US from July 20-23 and this year features stars like Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and film veteran Steven Spielberg.

* IANS, additional reporting The National Staff