We are in an all-new media landscape thanks to social media, the internet, and streaming services. So, Marvel Entertainment likely wants to capitalize on the opportunity this presents by branching out into a new field: reality television. Marvel Storyboards is a 12-episode reality streaming show starring Executive VP and Creative Director Joe Quesada. Honestly, this move is somewhat baffling, especially because this series will debut on YouTube and the Marvel homepage for free.
The trailer for Marvel Storyboards hit the internet today, with Joe Quesada offering up the elevator pitch for his reality streaming show. In it, Quesada talks about his long history with Marvel (more than 20 years!), then talks about other “storytellers” with whom he feels some kinship. Some of the first guests make sense, Hugh Jackman who played Wolverine, Margaret Stohl who wrote The Life of Captain Marvel, and Natalia Cordova Buckley who plays Yo-Yo on Agents of SHIELD. Other guests are less obvious, such as Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and actor singer Christian Borle. (A fellow native of Pittsburgh, PA!)
The series will be divided up into to two “seasons” consistent of six episodes. A second set of six episodes is forthcoming later in the year, however like everything else its production is surely affected by the COVID-19 shutdown. Along with the trailer for the series, Quesada and company will host a panel about the series for Comic Con at Home on Thursday, July 23, at 11 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time to promote the show.
Marvel’s Storyboards Season 1 Episode Release Schedule:
- Thursday, July 23: Episode 1 feat. Hugh Jackman
- Thursday, July 30: Episode 2 feat. Natalia Cordova-Buckley
- Thursday, August 6: Episode 3 feat. Christian Borle
- Thursday, August 13: Episode 4 feat. Johnny Weir
- Thursday, August 20: Episode 5 feat. Margaret Stohl
- Thursday, August 27: Episode 6 feat. Robert Lopez
What do you think of Marvel Storyboards and the company moving towards reality streaming television? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Update: View the Marvel Storyboards panel from Comic-Con at Home below:
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.