Walt Disney Company-owned Marvel Entertainment is returning to the podcast space this month as it begins rolling out episodes of its new fictional podcast series Marvels Nov. 20. The show is produced in partnership with Stitcher and will be available only on Stitcher Premium, its $5 per month subscription product, with a wider release on other podcast platforms coming in 2020. Marvel and Stitcher previously released a pair of Wolverine-themed podcasts.
First announced in August, the 10-episode Marvels is part of the celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek’s and Alex Ross’ four-part comic book “Marvels,” which was released to critical acclaim in 1994. Based on “Marvels,” the forthcoming podcast revisits the story of photojournalist Phil Sheldon as he navigates through the chaos caused by the Galactus invasion of New York City and explores what it means to be human in a universe inhabited by super heroes.
The show’s cast includes Clifford “Method Man” Smith (Wu-Tang Clan, HBO’s “The Deuce”), Anna Sophia Robb (Hulu’s “The Act”), Ethan Peck (“In Time,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), and Seth Barrish (Showtime’s “Billions”). Also cast in the series are Louisa Krause, Jake Hart, Ehad Berisha, Teo Rapp-Olsson and Gabriela Ortega.
Stitcher and Marvel say they assembled a writing and production team of some of the biggest names in the podcasting industry. Marvels is written by Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives) and directed by Paul Bae (The Black Tapes, The Big Loop). Mischa Stanton (The Bright Sessions, LeVar Burton Reads, The AM Archives) will oversee sound design. The series is produced by Harry Go and Jennifer Manel of Marvel and T. Square of Stitcher.
Even as the new Stitcher project gets set to launch, Disney announced last month that it has inked a multiyear deal to create original podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora. The venture will include both scripted and unscripted series, in addition to themed live events. The new podcasts will begin rolling out in 2020. SiriusXM has said it plans to make the Marvel podcasts available on both Pandora’s free ad-supported and subscription ad-free tiers.