Marvel is having a big year. We’re not just talking about its films, but as a comic company. Marvel Comics marks 80 years. It does so with a special giant-sized issue celebrating its milestone anniversary.
That’s not the only big thing coming out of Marvel either. 2019 is also the 25th anniversary of the gorgeously told, landmark series Marvels. This miniseries presents an “everyman” point of view of the Marvel universe in the early days through the point of view of Phil Sheldon, lasting from 1939 to 1974. In Marvel Comics, Sheldon works as a photographer and Marvels presents landmark issues from a more human perspective.
The series was written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by the incomparable Alex Ross.
In order to celebrate this milestone for the landmark comic, Marvels will be turned into a scripted audio podcast. Marvel has had success with the genre with Wolverine: The Long Night and its second season Wolverine: The Lost Trail.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Seth Barrish (Billions) will play Phil Sheldon with rapper Clifford “Method Man” Smith playing ace Daily Bugle reporter Ben Ulrich and AnnaSophia Robb (The Act) will play Marcia Hardesty. Method Man appeared as himself in Luke Cage season one.
We also get the Fantastic Four in the story as well with Louisa Krause (The Girlfriend Experience) as Sue Storm, Jake Hart (The Deuce) as Ben Grimm, and Ehad Berisha (The Cobblestone Corridor) as Johnny Storm. No news for the casting of Reed Richards at this time, but he is confirmed to be in the series.
Rather than focus on the whole time span, Marvels focuses on the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus. Ulrich, Sheldon, and Hardesty work to prove that Galactus was real for the public. You know those guys that think the Earth is still flat and the moon landing was fake? Yeah, they exist in the Marvel Universe and they thin Galactus was fake.
Marvels will debut on Stitcher Premium in Fall 2019 with a wide release planned for 2020.