This week marks the first ever Comic-Con@Home, where the usual event which announces forthcoming projects from the world of comics has been presented virtually. Amid the Black Lives Matter movement which is seeing production companies step forward to do better in representing minorities, Marvel is the latest to make changes through a new documentary series.
Dubbed Marvel 616, each episode will be directed by a different and unique filmmaker, and as a standalone documentary in its own right will explore the diverse and inclusive values of the Marvel world. The first is teased with actress and director Gillian Jacobs, who will draw attention to the women of Marvel Comics.
“A lot of people have an idea of what Marvel fans and fandom looks like,” executive producer Sarah Amos says in a panel for the series. “Marvel has characters and creators that speak to every walk of life. I’m very very excited for everyone to watch it at home and see themselves reflected in the people on screen.”
Show producer Jason Sterman was also on the panel and said, “The process of making a documentary allows for the inclusion of different voices and interests within the Marvel world.”
Despite it being just a first step towards wider inclusivity, it is hoped that Marvel 616 will challenge viewers’ expectations and explore the full scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 616 will spotlight those tireless creatives who aren’t widely known yet.
A release date hasn’t been set but it will make its way to Disney+. Stay tuned.