MARVEL superfans have been treated to a first look at their new Disney+ show 616.
The insightful documentary series delves into Black Panther rise to popularity and how the reaction to Captain Marvel influenced the creation of Ms Marvel – a Muslim crime-fighting superhero.
Community star Gillian Jacobs directs Higher, Further, Faster – and as the iconic Captain Marvel catchphrase suggests, features interviews behind the pioneering women working behind the scenes at Marvel.
Speaking about the effect of the 2019 film starring Brie Larson, Marvel Entertainment VP Sana Amant said: “We saw this really great spike in excitement, love and passion with Captain Marvel and it really inspired us to do more because we knew there was a fan community out there…
“Captain Marvel was sort of that signpost for change.”
Sana went on to reveal that the Ms Marvel character, aka Kamala Khan, was created from her own experiences as a young Muslim woman.
The comic was written by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, but G Willow admitted her doubts about the idea on screen.
She said: “I was pretty convinced they were joking!
“How often does that happen!”
The second clip is taken from Big Mouth star Paul Scheer’s episode titled Lost and Found.
The actor and director discusses how some classic Marvel characters managed to hit the big time and others struggled.
Black Panther’s Reginald Hudlin who started writing the comic books in 2005 through to 2018, told him: “I knew what the opportunity for Black Panther was if I did it right.
“A completely uncompromised, politically provocative book – and that was the key to success.”
Paul also touches on the comic book flops like Doctor Druid, a second rate Doctor Strange, The Whizzer who was injected with mongoose blood, and Typeface – a villain who’s fired from a sign-making company.
Disney+ ‘s next adventure in the MCU is one of Marvel ‘s most ambitious series yet — even if no Infinity Stones were required for its creation.
Marvel is opening up its vast archive to famous super-fans for anthology documentary series 616, in which a new filmmaker will explore a different facet of the Marvel Universe in each episode.
Two new clips have been released from episodes premiering later this year, directed respectively by Community star Gillian Jacobs and Big Mouth‘s Paul Scheer.
Jacobs’s ‘Higher, Further, Faster’ fittingly takes its name from Captain Marvel ‘s iconic catchphrase, because the episode features interviews with the pioneering women behind the scenes at Marvel.
Marvel Entertainment VP Sana Amant explains how the passionate response to Brie Larson’s movie inspired the company to “do more” with the character and other powerful female heroes.
Sana also reveals how Ms Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) was originally shaped from her own experience as a young Muslim woman by writer G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.
Paul Scheer’s ‘Lost and Found’ is a look back at how certain classic characters from Marvel lore broke through to the mainstream, including Black Panther .
But not every Marvel superhero catches on, so Scheer also spotlights flops like Doctor Druid, The Whizzer and Typeface. (Yes, there really was a villain created from being fired from a sign-making company).
Marvel’s 616 is set to premiere this autumn on Disney+ . Unfortunately, another Marvel show set for the streaming service has hit a snag, as it was revealed this week that Falcon and the Winter Soldier is facing a significant delay .
Marvel fans can stream the MCU movies and lots of animated superhero shows on Disney+ right now.
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