As the Marvel Cinematic Universe is aggressively expanding its dominion over the television industry now, it’s only a matter of time before we are treated to WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, She-Hulk, What If…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight. However, for fans of the history of Marvel comics and the art itself, Marvel Studios has planned to release Marvel 616 on Disney+.
Titled as Marvel 616, the new documentary show will focus on the history of Marvel Comics, the unsung comic-book artists, and a few forgotten characters from the comics. According to the official synopsis, Marvel 616 will celebrate the contribution of numerous artists, writers, and designers who have shaped up the comic-book behemoth in the past.
The docuseries Marvel 616 will showcase the “intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe.” Created in an anthological format, each episode will be directed by a different filmmaker that will provide a new perspective to every installment.
Disney+ has already teased a sneak peek of the second episode of Marvel 616 titled ‘Higher, Further, Faster’. Directed by Community star Gillian Jacobs, the second episode’s title is Captain Marvel’s catchphrase in the comics. The episode will feature trailblazing women behind the scenes at Marvel who made it possible to create characters like Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. As a peek into inclusion and representation at Marvel, the episode will be a treat for the fans of Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim superhero in Marvel Comics.
Dubbed as a crash course on the history of Marvel, Marvel 616 has also roped in Big Mouth‘s Paul Scheer as one of the directors for the anthology docuseries. Hopefully, Marvel’s Director of Content and Character Development, Sana Amanat will also make her appearance in the docuseries. For the ones who are unaware, Sana Amanat is the co-creator of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, the Pakistani-American teenage superhero.
The release of Marvel 616 could not have been at a more opportune time as Marvel Studios has been focusing on its television shows lately. As Ms. Marvel show on Disney+ has gained much momentum, other shows like She-Hulk, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are also eyeing for an early release.
According to Marvel Studio’s chief Kevin Feige, the upcoming Marvel shows in Disney+ are going to play a vital role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the MCU has earlier been criticized for not paying enough attention to shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and Iron Fist, Disney+ might just expand Marvel’s dominion over the smaller screen while keeping the larger cinematic universe intact.
Marvel 616 is set to premiere on November 20th, 2020 exclusively on Disney+.