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Spider-Man: India

Spider-man in a Dhoti (Source: Wikipedia (Spider-man: India Cover Art))

In 2004, Gotham Comics partnered with Marvel Comics to launch the Spider-man franchise in India, albeit with an interesting twist. This version was a retelling of the Spider-man story in an Indian setting and context. As a result, Peter Parker, the protagonist in the original story, was mutated to Pavitr Prabhakar, Mary Jane to Meera Jain and so on.

In the desi rendition, Pavitr Prabhakar is a poor kid from a village who moves to Mumbai with his Uncle Bhim (Ben) and Aunt Maya (May). He gets his "spidey" powers from a roadside yogi (radioactive spider) while his arch-enemy, Nalin Oberoi (Norman Osborne) gets his from an ancient amulet which transforms him into Rakshasa (Green Goblin). However, barring the localised costume, some additional mumbo-jumbo and throwaway lines from the Bhagvad Gita, the formula itself largely remains the same as the original.

There were only 4 releases in this series. The comics were also later published in the United States.