Coming up at the end of this week, on Sunday April 30th and Monday, May 1st, History Channel are going to be airing a new two-part documentary featuring a number of key players in the rise of the Marvel superhero films as well as siginificant pop culture figures and comic figures like George R.R. Martin and Stan Lee.
Superheroes Decoded ranges in history from “the first superheroes who emerged in the dark days of the Great Depression” and tracks their progress through modern day.
The documentary follows the premise that the rise of superhero comics “parallels America’s rise as a superpower in the 20th century”, and that the mythology of comics is part of the mythology of nationality. The documentary will include film clips, vintage comic artwork, historical archival material, and interviews with experts, fans and creators, according to History Channel.
Some of those expert guests will include Captain America: Civil War actor, Anthony Mackie; Captain America: Civil War directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin; Iron Man Director, Jon Favreau; former President of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee; andDC comic writer Brad Meltzer.
The first part of the documentary, airing on Sunday, will “explore the making of the iconic American superhero”, ranging from the creation of Superman, to Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and beyond, and span the time period From World War II and Vietnam to Watergate and 9/11.
The second part of the documentary will “examine the American rebel and how sometimes being a hero means breaking the rules”. Looking at superheroes like The X-Men, The Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine, the episode will explore characters who have “fought for outsiders” and therefore reflect the country’s social struggles.
Superheroes Decoded is produced by Warrior Poets, a company who are led by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick.