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3 Dev Adam (lit. Three Big Men, aka informally Turkish Spider-Man or Captain America and Santo vs. Spider-Man) is a Turkish action Cult Film from 1973. It's about Captain America and El Santo fighting together in order to stop the evil criminal mastermind, er... Spider-Man. Yup, it's that kind of movie.

Of course, the characters were used without permission from their owners, and some of them have little in common with their original counterparts. Perhaps the most important things to highlight are that Captain America now has no shield, and Spider-Man is a bad guy who wants to create counterfeit dollars For the Evulz.

For the curious, there's an in-depth review with lots of pictures here.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Nationality: Spider-Man is Turkish in this movie.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Spider-Man is usually a heroic character. In this movie, he's a Turkish crime boss who likes to kill people in cruel and bizarre ways.
  • Adaptational Wimp: This Spider-man has no superpowers.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Spidey kills a showering couple, and then steal some small statuette.
  • Ass Shove: Santo has a weird habit of putting this in his pants. What, couldn't afford pockets?
  • Ax-Crazy: Spidey, again.
  • Big Bad: The film turned Spider-Man evil.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The movie has a lot of blood and sadistic violence — certainly far more than its source material.
  • Canon Foreigner: Julia, Captain America's girlfriend.
  • Cool Car: Painfully averted, Spidey drives some random normal car. One of its wheelcaps are even missing.
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  • Crossover: In some bizarre way, this is a Crossover between El Santo and the Marvel Universe.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The evil Spider-Man brutally kills people by thrusting boat propellors into them, or feeding them to blood thirsty guinea pigs. You read that right; man eating guinea pigs.
  • Distressed Dude: Both Captain America and El Santo are captured by the villains near the end of the movie.
  • Evil Laugh: If you could say anything good about this Spider-Man, it's that he pulls off a hamtastic villainous chuckle.
  • Fed to the Beast: How does Spider-Man dispose of a minion who betrayed him? By feeding him to his guinea pigs.
  • Fanservice Extra: One scene features a show by a half-naked dancer, who isn't named and doesn't figure into the plot.
  • In Name Only: EVIL Spider-Man, just for starters. He's now the (visibly overweight) sadistic leader of a gang who delights in killing his enemies via boat propellers, switchblades, and bloodthirsty guinea pigs. He also has the ability to return from the dead, either via cloning, or by magically creating a new body for himself, (it's never explained how he does it). There's also his freakishly-huge eyebrows.
    • Also, El Santo rarely wears his silver mask whereas in authentic El Santo films (and in real life), he never took the mask off.
    • Captain America's shield is gone, and he's smoking in one scene. During the final battle with Spider-Man, he doesn't even wear his cap, with the rest of his uniform being tucked underneath a Hawaiian shirt.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Every time it looks like Spider-Man has been defeated, a new Spider-Man appears, and at one point El Santo and Captain America are each fighting a different Spider-Man, in different rooms, at the same time. How does he do it? Magic duplication powers? Clones? Just having a bunch of different people all wearing the same costume? The movie gives no hints in any direction.
  • Mockbuster: It's an extremely unauthorized attempt to cash in on the fame of three famous superheroes.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The factory where Evil Spider-Man is killed multiple times at has no protection, leading to said gruesome deaths.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The reason given for a Turkish crime boss dressing like a superhero is that he is one of these.
  • Shooting Super Man: During the climax, one mook tries to shoot Captain America in the chest. It doesn't work, since it was mentioned earlier that his suit is bulletproof, but the mook tries shooting him in the chest two more times anyway.

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