Marvel’s 616 Docuseries Celebrates the “Forgotten Characters”

There’s been rumours that a Marvel anthology was in the works for some time now, but Disney has finally given us a sneak peek at the new Marvel’s 616 docuseries. Named after the primary reality in the Marvel comic book multiverse, the new Marvel’s 616 series will take fans behind the scenes, delving deep into some of the biggest comic books in history.

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Each episode in the new Marvel’s 616 takes a look into the canon of the world of the comic book giant, charting how the stories were created, the characters crafted and their influence on pop-culture. In preparation for the series’ debut later this year, Disney has released two preview clips, showcasing what we can all expect to see. The first clip, entitled ‘Higher, Further, Faster’ spotlights the trailblazing women of Marvel, explaining how the comics were able to transcend stereotypes and include stories of representation and inclusion. The first episode is directed by actor Gillian Jacobs and helps to shed some light on the origin of Ms Marvel, the first Muslim superhero to headline a comic book.

The second clip released comes by way of actor Paul Scheer. Entitled ‘Lost and Found’, this episode follows the Marvel characters that were well ahead of their time. Those ground-breaking figures like Black Panther that helped to bring comics into the modern era, dispelling stereotypes around racism and bias. We also see Scheer dive into some of the more offbeat characters that featured in Marvel’s works over the years; guys like Doctor Druid, The Whizzer and a villain named Typeface. While hardly household names, these characters form an endless cavalcade of great but forgotten figures in the Marvel universe.

Disney’s sneak peek comes at a good time for comic fans. The new COVID-19 restricted [email protected] event is kicking off soon, with episode directors Jacobs and Scheer joining executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman on Thursday for a virtual panel. If you’re keen to dive into the superhero history books, Marvel’s 616 will premiere later this year.

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