The first day of SDCC@Home has brought us new footage from two Marvel’s 616 episodes – and yeah, this one is going on our Fall series review list. I’m getting seriously excited for this show!
Marvel’s 616, set to drop on Disney+ this Fall, is a show for those who want to hear the stories behind and around the creation of Marvel stories. It’s not just a bunch of “making of” featurettes like you might find in a movie’s Blu-ray extras. These are basically short films exploring the intersection of Marvel and society at large.
I’m an anthropology nerd (that was my college major) so exploring stories in context is my JAM. Looking at these sneak peeks, though, I feel like Marvel’s 616 will appeal to anyone who likes Marvel. It doesn’t seem to talk down to anyone or get too bogged down in self-congratulatory razzmatazzle. It looks… Well, here. See for yourselves.
Episode 2: ‘Higher, Further, Faster’, directed by Gillian Jacobs, “shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion”. It features Sana Amanat, who we saw in Marvel’s Hero Project, and also G. Willow Wilson of Ms. Marvel fame.
This one is Episode 4: “Lost and Found”. In it director Paul Scheer goes on an “eye-opening and hilarious journey to discover the ‘forgotten’ characters of Marvel Comics. You might remember Scheer from the The League or Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History.
I was already interested in watching Marvel’s 616. Seeing these clips pushes my hype level up like… 8? 8 notches sounds about right.
My one fear here is that the episode about the women of Marvel (Higher, Further, Faster) will end up being the only episode with more than a token lady human. Then again, I was worried about representation going into Hero Project and it turned out to not be an issue. I’m going to stay optimistic that this won’t be “one episode with women and then a bunch of dudes because women only recently started liking comics” (or whatever the idea there would be).
What do you think of these sneak peeks? Are you planning to watch Marvel’s 616? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Khai is a writer, anthropologist, and games enthusiast. She is co-editor (alongside Alex DeCampi) of and contributor to “True War Stories”, a comic anthology published by Z2 Comics. When she’s not writing or creating games, Khai likes to run more tabletop RPGs than one person should reasonably juggle.
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