11:20am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Partners With Stitcher for Scripted 'Wolverine' Podcast
Next year, audiences should perhaps prepare for the debut of the Marvel Audio Universe. The company on Tuesday announced a partnership with podcast platform Stitcher for a new scripted miniseries, Wolverine: The Long Night, to launch in spring 2018.
The 10-episode series, written by novelist and DC Comics writer Ben Percy, is described by Marvel as “a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe” and follows two government agents investigating a series of murders in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska. Their prime suspect? None other than the surly, hairy loner called Logan, played by The Hobbit and Hannibal actor Richard Armitage.
“Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe,” said Dan Silver, vp, head of platforms and content for Marvel New Media. “This tremendous cast will bring a thrilling level of intrigue and drama to our listeners. The character of Logan and this landscape make it the ideal premiere vehicle for us, and we’re excited to continue to explore the dynamic possibilities of the podcast medium.”
This isn’t the first time Marvel characters have appeared in audio dramas. In 1975, the company attempted two different takes on the idea: Bill Murray played the Human Torch in the 13-episode Fantastic Four radio series adapting early issues of the comic book series, while music fans could buy the concept album Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero. Both, of course, featured narration from Stan Lee.
Wolverine: The Long Night will launch as an exclusive podcast on Stitcher Premium in the spring, with a wide release across all platforms to come in the fall.