Marvel’s 616 Coming Soon!
A Comic-Con@Home panel on Marvel’s 616 generated a great deal of excitement earlier this week. The new anthology docuseries airing on Disney+ will jump into the stories, characters, and creators who have helped shape Marvel and its legacy.
The Women of Marvel Comics
Actor Gillian Jacobs (from “Community”) shared a clip from the new docuseries, her first foray into directing. Her episode is titled “Higher, Further, Faster: Trailblazing Women of Marvel Comics.”
In the episode, Jacob dives into the creation of Kamila Khan, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim superhero in Marvel comics history. It contains interviews with Sana Amanat, vice president of content and character development at Marvel Entertainment (who co-created Kamala Khan) and G. Willow Wilson, who wrote the comic.
Commenting on the experience of directing the powerful episode during the panel, Jacobs said:
“I don’t think I’d actually read a comic all the way through, so this was a really exciting process for me of getting to learn about Marvel and falling in love with comics.”
Unsung Marvel Heroes
Marvel shared a second clip from the episode titled “Lost and Found.” Directed by Paul Scheer (“Black Monday”), who is die-hard comics fan and author, this episode explores “forgotten” characters from the comics.
In his episode, Sheer explores Doctor Druid, who bears some similarity to Doctor Strange, Typeface, a villain who paints letters on his face that can be thrown as weapons, the Whizzer, who runs crazy fast after injecting himself with mongoose blood, U.S. Archer, who basically has a CB radio installed in his head, and Hellcow, a vampire cow.
If you’ve never heard of these characters, that’s Scheer’s point. During the panel, he commented:
“We all know the major players, but then there’s that weird uncle that you only see once every four years.”
During the clip from his episode, viewers get to know Reginald Hudlin. From 2005 through 2018, Hudlin wrote the Black Panther comics. Still, he remained fairly unknown until Chadwick Boseman brough the Black Panther character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Coming Soon to a Small Screen Near You
Toward the close of the panel, executive producer Sarah Amos (also vice president of development and production for new media at Marvel) pointed out:
“A lot of people have an idea of what Marvel fandom or Marvel fans look like, or what the people behind the comics look like… the thing I love so much about the series is we’re going to introduce you to so many different types of faces and different types of people who have been so integral to the stories we tell and the content we create, and haven’t all necessarily had a moment in the spotlight.”
Check out Marvel’s 616, airing on Disney+ this Fall.
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