New details have emerged about Storyboards, a Marvel-branded documentary travel series hosted by Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada that will debut at launch on the Disney+ streaming service, as announced via Wired.
The series, which will consist of 12 10-15 minute episodes in its first season, follows Quesada and a guest to a destination focused on learning about the guest rather than the locale.
"A comparison that everyone knows is Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," Quesada told Wired. "We go on locations, but instead of food or culture being the focus, the focus is a guest, the way they tell stories, and their story."
Guests for the show come from across the entertainment industry, with Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman (on the debut episode), Book of Mormon and Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez, Teen Vogue executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay, and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir all named as subjects so far.
"It would have been easy just to go for 12 celebrity guests, but we have a wide variety of people," Quesada explained of the show's focus on a variety of people. "The real thrill to me is to find out, 'What's your story?' People tell their stories in all different ways. It's not just writing, drawing, or filming. Athletes tell stories in how they perform. Dancers tell stories with their bodies."
Interestingly, Quesada pitched the show after interviewing Daredevil actor Charlie Cox at New York Comic-Con 2017 (which you can read retroactive live coverage of right here). Footage from that interview and a video interview with Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski were used to create what Quesada calls a 'pilot', and the concept took off.
"The show started when someone asked me, 'What's your hobby?' and I realized that, much like Stan Lee, I'm doing my hobby for a living," Quesada said. "That's the reason [Stan Lee] never retired—he was living that old adage, 'When you do what you love, you never work a day again.' And my absolute love is storytelling. So I started to formulate this."
"I get the question a lot: 'What the hell is a chief creative officer?'" said Quesada. "But I think the show solidified it for me: I tell stories for a living. That's what I do."
Storyboards will premiere as a launch title for Disney+ when the streaming service debuts on November 12.