Even though the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest movie franchise on the planet, the comics themselves have experienced a resurgence, thanks to a revival of old characters with new identities, and more diversity on the pages and behind-the-scenes.
Marvel's 616 is a new documentary series that aims to tell the stories behind the stories, with each episode tackling a different artist or fan that brought different aspects of Marvel Comics to life, including toy manufacturers, writers, and even theatre students. Each episode is directed by a different filmmaker, including actor Paul Scheer, who hosts a pair of great film podcasts, How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled, and wrote the recent series Cosmic Ghost Rider. Two alumnae from one of my favorite shows (Community) also contribute as Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie each direct an episode. For Jacobs, it is her first episodic directing credit while Brie has directed an episode of her Netflix comedy GLOW.
All episodes of Marvel's 616 will stream exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, November 20.