In the ever-changing landscape that is the comic book and superhero entertainment industry, publishers are continually finding new or different ways to bring their entertainment to their fans. New ways to bring in more fans, and younger fans and lapsed fans are always on the table. This week, Marvel Comics has released an all new project, entitled MARVEL VIDEO COMICS, with that very aim in mind: Bringing their heroes right to their readers and watchers and targeting a new demographic and new generation of comic book fans.
To do this, the new project is debuting on the Disney XD YouTube channel. As we know, Marvel is owned by Disney so moving uploads between channels makes sense. But why? Well one reason is the Marvel YouTube channel is rife with Strange at the moment. Splitting them between two separate channels gives both a chance to shine.
What are they? They are storyboards is video format with some dynamic graphics overlaid as well as voice and audio track components. Imagine a comic book panel where everything is still except your hero who moves around on the artwork.
The first couple to debut feature characters such as Black Panther, Iron Man and Spider-Man. The videos themselves are brief, approximately three minutes in length per video however they are broken up in to multi-part video series.
For Spider-Man & Iron Man, the screenplay is by Robbie Thompson, the acclaimed writer known for his work on Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme, Venom: Space Knight, Silk, Spidey and more. Storyboards for these are credited to ‘Balak’, a French digital creator whose name is Yves Bigerel. ‘Balak’ has previously worked on Ultimate Spider-Man in the form of an “infinite comic”. He has also worked on New Avengers, Wolverine, Guardians of he Galaxy and Last Man. The art here is courtesy of Javier Garron, the Barcelonian artist whose star began to steadily rise after working on characters such as Star Lord and Amazing Spider-Man. Colors pop because of the work of Andre Mossa.
You can find the MARVEL VIDEO COMICS videos in two locations:
Disney XD YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktaw9L-f65LzUUdjmCFkbQ
Disney XD Watch app: http://watchdisneyxd.go.comDisney XD
RELEASE FROM MARVEL COMICS:
Watch Iron Man and Spider-Man in…Training Day – Parts 1-3
Super powers don’t come with a training manual! After Spider-Man (Cole Howard) stops some crooks from robbing a Stark Enterprises facility, Iron Man decides to pay him back with a little help from FRIDAY (Tabitha St Germain) and some on-the-job training. Iron Man’s plan goes awry when villain, Batroc the Leaper (Marc Oliver), reveals some major upgrades that push him to the A-List. Both Spider-Man and Iron Man (Brian Drummond) are going to have to learn some new tricks if they’re going to be able to best Batroc 2.0.
“Training Day Parts 1-3” executive producers include Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, John Cerilli, Alan Fine, and Joe Quesada; co-executive producer Stan Lee; producer Nick Lowe; consulting producer Stephen Wacker; and line producer Kalia Cheng Ramirez.
Watch Black Panther in…The Visitor
Black Panther (Omari Newton) gets a visit from envoy Everett K. Ross (Brian Drummond) to discuss security for a possible international summit in Wakanda. The visit is interrupted when Super Villain Ghost (Marc Oliver) appears to steal Wakandan treasure. Black Panther and his loyal Dora Milaje (Evans Johnson) have to both stop Ghost and show Ross why Wakanda has never been conquered or invaded.
“The Visitor” executive producers include Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, John Cerilli, Alan Fine, and Joe Quesada; co-executive producer Stan Lee; producer Nick Lowe; consulting producer Stephen Wacker; and line producer Kalia Cheng Ramirez.
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