Marvel Entertainment is partnering with Scholastic for a multi-year deal planned to bring "new original stories" about Marvel characters to "young readers around the world." This partnership is scheduled to kick off in 2020 with two middle grade prose novels from Scholastic - Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone, and Avengers Assembly by Preeti Chhibber.
"Marvel is always looking for best-in-class partners to develop new and exciting ways to experience the Marvel Universe, and Scholastic is the perfect partner to do this. We couldn’t be more thrilled," said Marvel's Director of Licensed Publishing Sven Larsen. "As two brands dedicated to storytelling for every kind of reader and fan, the combined strength of this collaboration will be truly one of a kind – with a super power to bring together the next generation of fans through the joy of reading and Marvel."
Prose novels about Marvel characters have been published intermittently since the 1960s, with the House of Ideas partnering with other publishers such as Random House and Simon & Schuster. In 2003, Marvel began publishing prose novels itself under the brand 'Marvel Press.' In 2018, Marvel Press published two novels - Black Panther: The Young Prince and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious. Marvel haven't stated if they plan continue their own prose novels in light of this new deal with Scholastic.
"Marvel’s characters mean so much to our fans because they inspire us to embrace our individual power," said Sana Amanat, Marvel's VP of Content & Character Development. "As the first title we’re launching with Scholastic, Shuri is the perfect character to highlight this message. She may be a Wakandan princess, but what makes Shuri the ultimate hero is her unique sense of intelligence, responsibility and determination, ideals that resonate with all of us."
Scholastic has a pre-existing deal with Marvel to publish chapter books.
"The Marvel Universe is vast, inclusive and iconic with a great range of multi-faceted characters, and Scholastic and Marvel share a commitment to bringing diverse characters to life," said Scholastic's VP/Publisher of Global Licensin, Brands, and Media, Debra Dorfman. "Shuri, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Squirrel Girl, etc. are all “ordinary” characters with extraordinary powers – and there are a lot of stories to be told!"