Marvel Entertainment is partnering with the non-profit group Young Storytellers for a very special opportunity. Middle school students will get the unique chance to see their artistic vision come to life as they write for some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Working with Disney mentors, these students will write a 3-5 page script based on select characters from the brand-new animated project Marvel Rising. The scripts will subsequently be performed by a talented group of Marvel Rising and Marvel Animation voice actors including Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kamil McFadden, Milana Vayntrub, Kathreen Khavari, Roger Craig-Smith, and Melanie Minichino. Additionally, the event will be narrated by Skai Jackson. The onstage performances will bring to life the imaginations of our talented, young participants and will be filmed and available to all on the Marvel YouTube channel, Marvel HQ, later this Fall.
“Marvel is so honored to work with Young Storytellers and inspired by the work they do to inspire and mentor students,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment. “And we think it is beautifully fitting that the next generation of storytellers are writing stories about the next generation of Marvel heroes.”
“It’s incredibly exciting for our young female storytellers to not only see themselves represented in Marvel Rising, but to have an opportunity to author the journey for these new and exciting characters in their own original stories,” said Bill Thompson, Executive Director, Young Storytellers. “It will be an experience they will never forget!”
Marvel Rising is a brand-new, multi-platform animated franchise with a focus on inclusivity, empowerment, and relatability for a tween audience. The content will premiere with six animated shorts, called Marvel Rising: Initiation, on Monday, August 13 at 7:30PM on Disney XD and on Tuesday, August 14 they will be available on the Marvel HQ YouTube page. The shorts will be followed by an 80-minute animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, premiering this Fall on Disney Channel. The stories feature a young, new group of predominantly female Super Heroes as they come into their own and eventually form a super powered team.
Marvel Rising: Initiation and Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors are executive produced by Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive produced by Stan Lee, Sana Amanat, and Marsha Griffin. The shorts and film were written by Mairghread Scott. Alfred Gimeno served as supervising director.