Marvel fans have something new to look forward to, as the company has announced a massive partnership with Sirius Xm to create new podcasts. As announced by Marvel recently, the massive deal extends to both scripted and unscripted series, themed live events, and much more. The first of these shows are set to premiere in 2020. SiriusXM and Pandora will also debut many other Marvel podcasts before they will be available elsewhere.
The slate of Marvel podcasts includes four new scripted series. Each of these shows consists of ten episodes and will be based around the iconic characters of Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Star-Lord. This will lead into a fifth series in which all four heroes team-up. Several unscripted podcasts will look at Marvel’s history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, as well as podcasts dedicated to popular Marvel franchises and regular talk shows, including an interview show that will feature celebrity guests.
“Powerful stories are read, seen, and heard—and we believe audio is the next natural step to bring the Marvel Universe to fans around the world,” said Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment. “Storytelling has always been at the heart of Marvel’s success, and SiriusXM and Pandora have the right platform and expertise to bring Marvel’s rich tapestry of stories to listeners in a whole new way. We are excited to introduce an impressive roster of programming with SiriusXM and Pandora, and we can’t wait to share more details in the weeks and months to come.”
“Whether in movies, TV or other media, Marvel has been a success everywhere it goes, employing a level of quality and pop culture brilliance that organically draws massive audiences, and they are bringing that creative genius to SiriusXM and Pandora,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “We chose Marvel for our first major foray into creating original podcasts, and are thrilled to have Marvel create new audio programming and curate top quality podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora. Under our new creative collaboration with Marvel, we’ll now provide our subscribers and listeners and Marvel fans a breadth and depth of podcasts that will be an immersive adventure into the iconic Marvel universe.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Marvel has dabbled in the podcast arena. They previously took Wolverine and produced two seasons of a solo podcast series for the mutant, with 2018’s Wolverine: The Long Night and this year’s Wolverine: The Long Trail. That proved to be successful, as it was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2018 by Apple and won the 2019 iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast. Marvel Comics published an adaptation in the wake of its success.
There is no word yet on the creative teams who will be responsible for bringing these scripted shows to life, but that information will surely come to light as 2020 approaches.
So which of these shows are you most excited to hear? Do you think the idea of serialized Marvel podcasts is a good idea? What other characters should get the podcast treatment? Join in on the conversation over on Facebook or Twitter!