Marvel Announces New Disney+ Documentary ‘Marvel’s Behind The Mask’ For February

by Erik Amaya

Marvel 616 proved to be an interesting look at the House of Ideas favoring comic creators, comic characters, and comic readers. So why not do it again?

Marvel has announced a new documentary, Marvel’s Behind the Mask, will debut February 12th on Disney+. This time, the focus will be the company’s impact on pop culture and its use of the secret identity. As Marvel’s own press release puts it, “since the advent of the Marvel Age of Comics in the early 1960s, Marvel’s writers and artists have used the notion of identities to examine the evolving concept of equal rights. These legendary Marvel creations and stories have not only reflected the world outside our window – they have become a reflection of our own identities and who we truly are.”

The special will feature “guests from across Marvel’s 80-year legacy, including the writers and artists behind the rise of characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and many other characters.” We’ll presume there will also be a healthy amount of archival footage featuring Stan Lee. What remains to be scene, of course, is whether the company is ready to give Jack Kirby equal footing by using any archival footage of the King himself. Yes, that sort of wishful thinking still feels a decade or so off.

And as a Marvel New Media Team project, it will be interesting to see how it differs from Marvel 616 or work on the YouTube page. But since we’re suckers for this sort of docu-television, we are looking forwarding to watching this.

Marvel’s Behind the Mask debuts February 12th on Disney+.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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