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+.