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In a story by the Deadpool: Samurai creators, the Merc with a Mouth works with a new Spider-Hero from across the multiverse.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the story “Samurai Version” from Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #4, on sale now
Deadpool’s connection to Japanese culture has never been stronger — with Deadpool: Samurai currently sitting as one of the year’s most successful comics. In a story by those same creators, they even find a way to connect bring in a new hero with a deep connection to another Marvel icon.
In”Samurai Version” from Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #4 by Sanshiro Kasama, Hikaru Uesugi, and VC’s Joe Sabino, Deadpool ends up working alongside a new Spider-Hero (and his co-star in Deadpool: Samurai) — Spider-Sakura. On top of continuing a quiet legacy of Japanese Spider-Heroes, it also sets up an exciting new addition to the pantheon of characters who could appear in the multiversal hopping stories Spider-Man has been becoming more accustomed to.
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“Samurai Version” introduces Deadpool confronting a one-shot character called Disposer. Introducing himself as a mutant from a society destroyed by the Merc with the Mouth, the villain announces his intent to kill Deadpool using a good amount of super-strength — even earning a good early hit on Deadpool. Luckily for Deadpool, he gets an assist from Spider-Sakura. A fellow hero in this world, Spider-Sakura bickers with Deadpool even as she comes to assist him. Deadpool responds with some light teasing, making fun of the young hero as a “copycat.” Hailing from the reality featured in Deadpool: Samurai, Spider-Sakura helps subdue Disposer long enough with her web-shooters for Deadpool to take him down. The story ends with the pair advertising their appearances in Deadpool: Samurai, which is now available.
Spider-Sakura is just the latest multiversal variant of Spider-Man who’s debuted in the Marvel Universe. The Spider-Heroes have united across realities before, and the next such team-up could make a case for recruiting Spider-Sakura. She’s quickly shown to be a fresh and fun figure, and carries on some distinct elements of Spider-Man’s connection with both Japan and Deadpool. The Earth-616 Spider-Man and Deadpool have a testy friendship similar to the one Spider-Sakura shares with Deadpool. In Earth-616, Deadpool’s fanboy tendencies surrounding Spider-Man initially rubbed poorly against the more morally-aligned Wall-Crawler. But at the end of the day, there proved to be a bond between the two — with their relationship even fueling the central narrative of Spider-Man/Deadpool for fifty issues.
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Spider-Sakura quickly showcases a similar attitude with her Deadpool, complaining about him while still working together for a common goal. She isn’t the first Spider-Hero associated with Japan, either. Most famously, there’s Takuya Yamashiro — the Spider-Man of the Supaidāman television series who’s appeared in events like Spider-Verse (and could potentially appear in the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). More recently, Peni Parker and her Sp//dr Suit were introduced in Edge of Spider-Verse before appearing in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There are also other variants of the character from Japanese adaptations of the character, such as Yu Komori of Ryoichi Ikegami’s Spider-Man: The Manga and Spider-Man J from Yamanaka Akira’s work on Spider-Man J: Japanese Knights.
Sakura gets to continue elements from both hero’s interactions from Japan, and her youth makes an ideal character to appear in any future Spider-Verse-like incidents. Her experience with Deadpool also shows her to be quick with a joke and even quicker to help someone if they need it — giving her plenty in common with her other Spider-Hero counterparts. If her appearance in the English-language debut of Deadpool: Samurai is as successful as its debut in Shonen Jump+, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see Spider-Sakura start popping up more across the Marvel multiverse.
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Brandon Zachary is an Associate Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows SO MUCH about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can contact him through bs.zachary@gmail.com.

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