Marvel and Stitcher will partner for Wolverine: The Long Night, a 10-episode scripted podcast by Green Arrow's Benjamin Percy starring The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage as Wolverine.
“Podcasting is an incredible, intimate medium that's perfect for telling stories, and I can’t think of a better partner with whom to push the boundaries of scripted podcasts than Marvel,” said Erik Diehn, CEO of Midroll Media, Stitcher's parent company, in a statement. “They make every translation of their rich universe of characters into new media fresh and interesting while still retaining the feel and spirit of the original comics, and, as a Marvel fan, I’m proud that we’ve helped them do it again in podcasting. The arrival of Wolverine and his many fans to podcasts and Stitcher is truly a signal that this medium is a major part of the American media landscape.”
Wolverine: The Long Night is written by Ben Percy, who is known for writing Green Arrow and Teen Titans for DC Comics. In the story, Logan is the prime suspect in a series of murder in Alaska. The Long Night will also star Scott Adsit, Bob Balaban, Chris Gethard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and Ato Essandoh in unnamed roles.
"Because he's been mind-wiped again and again, he doesn't know the whole terrible truth about his life. Part of the series is him recovering those memories and despite his attempts to separate himself from society, getting drawn into a situation where frontier justice is called for," Percy told Mashable of the story. "It's very easy to turn up the volume on reality there. In addition to the crime investigation into the serial killer on the loose, there are also elements of the fantastic. And some of them have to do with Wolverine as his legend grows in this area, as people observe him bounding through the mists with packs of wolves; as they witness him save and end lives."
According to Percy, The Long Night also has an opportunity to expand into an entire Marvel podcast continuity.
"We have a fun opportunity here, and that's to create our own continuity. A continuity that will grow more and more expansive as the Marvel Podcast Universe expands," Percy explained. "There are glimmers that people will recognize, references to Weapon X and wartime Logan, Japan and past relationships that he's had. But he himself is not able to really work through his moth-eaten memory until the conclusion of this first season."
Wolverine: The Long Night is scheduled premiere on Stitcher in Spring 2018.