Marvel's 616 Preview: Disney+ Series Explores Marvel's Legacy, Impact

With Disney+'s upcoming original anthology docuseries Marvel's 616 set to premiere later this year (and to offer more details on the project at Comic-Con@Home later this week), the streaming service is sharing two sneak previews that give us a better sense of the series' focus. In "Higher, Further, Faster," director Gillian Jacobs (Community) shines a spotlight on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion. Following that, director Paul Scheer's (Star Trek: Lower Decks) "Lost and Found" follows the actor and comedian's journey to discover the "forgotten" characters of Marvel Comics.

Marvel's 616
Logo for Marvel's 616 (Image: Disney+)

Marvel's 616 explores how Marvel's rich legacy of stories, characters, and creators exist within the world outside our windows. Each episode/documentary, helmed by a different filmmaker, explores the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Films in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel's world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the "forgotten" characters of Marvel, and much more. In a way, it sounds like the perfect compliment to the previously-announced Marvel's Storyboards. For those of you who are wondering what the "616" is all about, check out Bleeding Cool's own Rich Johnston conversation with Dave Thorpe, the phrase's originator, here.

Higher, further, faster! Take off with this sneak peek at Marvel's 616, which shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and explores how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion. Helmed by actor and director Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), the episode takes audiences through Marvel's storied history by introducing them to women from the House of Ideas' past and present who have helped build the Marvel Universe one story and character at a time.

Actor and comedian Paul Scheer (Black Monday, The League) is on the hunt to discover the "forgotten" characters of Marvel Comics. Speaking to an array of experts and fans, this episode takes an untraditional and humorous approach to introduce audiences to a collection of obscure, wild, and sometimes bizarre cast of characters. Along his journey, Paul will discover what makes a great Marvel character and uncover an unlikely force to be reckoned with.

Marvel's 616 is produced by Marvel New Media with Supper Club, and executive produced by Joe Quesada (Marvel's Storyboards), Shane Rahmani, Stephen Wacker, John Cerilli, Harry Go, and Sarah Amos for Marvel; and Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn, and David Gelb for Supper Club. Jacobs, Scheer, and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman will join moderator Angélique Roché (Marvel's Voices and The Women of Marvel podcasts) on Thursday, July 23, at 1 pm PT/4 pm ET for the virtual Comic-Con@Home panel "A Look Inside 'Marvel's 616'" offering viewers a look behind the scenes of the Disney+ original docuseries.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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