In Spider-Man’s first movie outing, the production company sure went all out, or at least with the aspect ratio, going from the 4:3 of TV to the anamorphic widescreen of 2.39:1. This 24 minute movie takes place right before episode 11, and was apparently in theaters on July 22,1978. The film presentation introduces us to an actual ally to Spider-Man in his yearlong war against the Iron Cross Army, Interpol Special Agent Juzo Mamiya.
After the opening in widescreen, Takuya has a dream where no matter where he crawls, he ends up getting lost. A creepy voice laughs at Spider-Man’s futile search for a way out and suddenly the floor falls out! Takuya wakes up in his yard, and standing up quite quickly. It’s another premonition as usual, but before he can make any sense of it, he senses Shinko screaming.
In a tunnel, Ninders attack Shinko and Takuji, forcing them to drop today’s shopping. Spider-Man chases after the pursuers throughout town and fights them on some high rise rooftops. A middle aged man watches from afar, and confirms the existence of the wall-climber.
Takuya arrives home later and for some reason, his siblings aren’t home. The phone rings, and the old man tells him that they’re with him and tells Takuya to meet him at the Urashima Hotel. The man abruptly hangs up, and Takuya tries to be cautious the only way he knows how. By driving in his gaudy car and climbing up the hotel in his costume. Eventually, he arrives at the hotel room where he is to meet the old man. He enters, and the whole room suddenly closes its shutters with its iron doors, and the old man appears at the doorway.
The old man introduces himself as Juzo Mamiya of the Interpol Intelligence Department, a secret organization dedicated to fighting the Iron Cross Army. Spider-Man demands to know where his siblings are, and Mamiya tells him that they’re downstairs at the pool with Hitomi. Takuya watches the screen, where Takuji and the girls frolic on screen. While they eat, Shinko reads a card from Mamiya. Once again, she’s wearing the green bikini seen in the past two episodes. This must have been filmed in the same production block… Hitomi pays it no mind as she gorges on the same size of watermelon as the boy.
At the hotel room, Mamiya tells the reason why he invited Spider-Man here. It was part of a dangerous plan to figure out his secret identity. How the Iron Cross Army knew to attack the Yamashiros again is all entirely his fault, not the stupidity of the bad guys. The agent deliberately leaked information on the fact that Spidey and the family are somehow connected. When Takuya arrived and chased after the Ninders, Mamiya confirmed his identity. And somehow after 10 episodes, the Iron Cross don’t give a damn about Takuya.
He gives Spider-Man a mission, to find out how the Iron Cross Army has been destroying ship after ship in the Tokyo Bay. Where the hell was this Interpol guy in episode 5, when Professor Monster got a crapload of missiles? We find out in the film Mamiya presents, as Monster has created a shark Machine Bem that fires torpedoes from his mouth. After the reel ends, Spider-Man senses the Iron Cross Army nearby. Downstairs, Amazoness dressed in her summer fashions approaches the hotel. Spider-Man goes downstairs and fights the Ninder squadron, all up to their usual tricks. Spidey strings up a few and swings around, all old hat really.
Meanwhile, some handy Ninders shoot a canister of tear gas into Mamiya’s hotel room and while he tries to escape, he falls down the elevator and into a net. Looks like we’ve got another body, unless the Iron Cross is planning something else. Spider-Man returns to the room and learns he must go to some freighter at the harbor.
At the Iron Cross Base, Professor Monster praises Amazoness’s success in capturing that pesky cop. Now all they have to do is get the old man to reveal Spidey’s indentity, though anybody with half a brain could figure it out. Amazoness tells her boss that this plan will work, as the freighter is heavily guarded, and if that wall crawler dares enter, he “might as well be a mouse caught in a bag.”
Amazoness in a speedboat rides to the freighter in the sea to check on their progress. Spider-Man can’t swim under the ship, as there is an electrified net underwater, and if he tries to fly on in his car, he’ll definitely be shot down. They test the net, and and the thing basically explodes, ruining it. Spider-Man soon arrives, swimming under a random pipe, avoiding detection. Mamiya is currently tied up, and if he doesn’t reveal who Spider-Man is, the Machine Bem Sea Devil will blow up a nearby industrial complex.
Just as Sea Devil is going to shoot a torpedo, Mamiya tries to stall for time until his ally arrives. I don’t know what the hell happens here, but in normal movie situations, that place would’ve been blown up by now. Meanwhile, Spider-Man climbs around and accidentally trips a wire. The whole ship is on red alert, and now nobody knows where he is.
Our hero eventually lets himself be seen and another fight begins. Shots of Spider-Man climbing up and down masts and exhausts pipes are shown, and at one point, he does that crawling in a circle thing on the side of the ship. Eventually he makes it to the room where Mamiya is held captive. Amazoness is her usual angry self, the show really needs to explore what he did to her in the first place, or it’s just hamminess. Mamiya is saved and they attempt to escape on a speedboat. A well armed helicopter chases after the two as soon as they reach land. Spidey fights his airborne pursuers and climbs on the skids, dicking around as usual.
Amazoness and Sea Devil arrive on land and they watch Spider-Man’s death-defying stunts. Tired of this and pressed for time (4 minutes left!), Spider-Man calls for Marveller. Sea Devil shoots his torpedos, and Marveller’s anti-missile system is activated. The Machine Bem grows to his giant form and the battle begins. It shoots missiles at our hero, and Leopardon punches them, as it’s that invincible! The fight quickly ends with the usual flair.
The episode ends with Spider-Man and Agent Mamiya walking toward the end of the pier, looking at the setting sun. They have made friends with each other, and the fight against the Iron Cross Army continues.
For a movie, I can’t help that if they made it seven minutes longer it would have been more substantial. But half the time is wasted on Spider-Man fighting the Ninders instead of actual character development. I guess the only reason to watch this movie is to see Shinko and Hitomi in their swimsuits or something. Eh.