Marvel 616 Sneak Peek Offers A Look At Inclusivity And Obscure Villainy
Disney+ has released two exclusive sneak peek clips from the upcoming new original anthology docuseries, Marvel’s 616. It’s an in-depth look at how Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters, and creators exist within the world outside your window.
Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, will explore a wide range of comics that go far beyond the traditional fandom of flipping through pages, watching the films, or playing the video games. Each film will address a wide range of topics from trailblazing women of Marvel Comics to discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.
The first clip is from the episode “Higher, Further, Faster” directed by actor/director Gillian Jacobs, which shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion. In it, we hear from Sana Amanat, VP of Marvel Entertainment, who talks about how her Muslim upbringing helped give life to Khamla Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s first female Muslim superhero. The clip also features a sneak peek of an interview with G. Willow Wilson, a Muslim author, brought in to help create Ms. Marvel. Though its a short clip, it reveals a lot about how progressive Marvel is and what they are doing to become more inclusive by having a large, diverse staff.
The second clip is from the Paul Scheer-directed episode “Lost and Found,” following the actor and comedian’s eye-opening and hilarious journey to discover the “forgotten” characters of Marvel Comics. Individually, each documentary in this series tells a compelling story that brings its filmmaker’s vision to life. In it, Reginald Hudlin reveals Black Panther’s success is attributed to him elevating the once B-list character to new heights by writing the “equivalent of a Public Enemy Record.” He added the book was a “completely uncompromised politically provocative.”
The episode will also focus on some of the more obscure villains some people may never have heard of, like Typeface.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the title’s meaning, Marvel 616 refers to the primary continuity in which most Marvel Comics titles take place.
Disney+ has found massive success with various informative docu-series like Disney’s Gallery: The Mandalorian and Into The Unknown: The Making Of Frozen 2. While those focused more on the respective titled, Marvel 616 looks to be somewhat different as it will focus more on the comics themselves and their social impact.
These sneak peeks were released just as Comic-Con@Home is starting to kick off. While the entire convention shut down due to the ongoing pandemic, fans can still attend the San Diego Comic-Con from the comforts of their home, where they will still be able to participate in panels and make exclusive purchases.
Marvel’s 616 will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, September 25.