Marvel New Media and top content network and podcast listening service Stitcher (“Heaven’s Gate,” “Marvel’s Wolverine: The Lost Trail,” “The Dream”) today announced “Marvels,” a new Marvel fictional podcast series, launching in fall 2019. The 10-episode series will be available exclusively on Stitcher Premium until 2020, when it will see a wide release across all podcast platforms.
The series is part of the celebration marking the 25th anniversary of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ award-winning four-part comic book “Marvels,” which was released to critical acclaim in 1994. Based on “Marvels,” this podcast revisits the story of photojournalist, Phil Sheldon, as he navigates through the chaos caused by the Galactus invasion of New York City and explores what it means to be human in a universe inhabited by Super Heroes.
The show’s cast includes Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Wu-Tang Clan, HBO’s “The Deuce”) as Ben Urich, AnnaSophia Robb (Hulu’s “The Act”) as Marcia Hardesty, Ethan Peck (“In Time,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) as Mr. Fantastic and Seth Barrish (Showtime’s “Billions”) as Phil Sheldon.
“Marvels” takes place in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City, for the fate of the world. One intrepid photographer, an ambitious college student, and a cynical journalist embark on an investigation to confirm or debunk one of the most super-powered conspiracy theories of all time.
“Building off our award-winning momentum of Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night and its sequel Marvel’s Wolverine: The Lost Trail, the New Media team is thrilled to continue to push the envelope of Super Hero storytelling via the scripted podcast medium” said Shane Rahmani, SVP and GM, Marvel New Media. “We are passionate about the space and feel we’ve brought the right cast, story, and intrigue in this latest installment.”
Also cast in the series are Louisa Krause as Sue Storm, Jake Hart as Ben Grimm, Ehad Berisha as Johnny Storm, Teo Rapp-Olsson as Peter Parker, and Gabriela Ortega as Charlie Martinez.
Stitcher and Marvel have assembled a writing and production team of some of the biggest names in the podcasting industry. “Marvels” is written by Lauren Shippen (“The Bright Sessions,” “The AM Archives”) and directed by Paul Bae (“The Black Tapes,” “The Big Loop”). Mischa Stanton (“The Bright Sessions,” “LeVar Burton Reads,” “The AM Archives”) will oversee sound design. The series is produced by Harry Go and Jennifer Manel of Marvel and T. Square of Stitcher.