Four Marvel heroes – Black Panther, Thor, Black Widow and Jessica Jones – will get their own set of spoken word adventures as Marvel teams up with audio publishing company Serial Box.
The publisher, known for its long-form, serialised stories, will produce the four books under the guidance of comics writer Alex de Campi. According to The Verge, each story will play out like a season of television, comprised of 10-16 individual instalments that take around 40 minutes to listen to.
De Campi confirmed on Instagram that each book will have a full writer’s room akin to that of a TV show – so they’re certainly not taking the whole thing lightly. She added that the Thor story will feature Loki, and the Black Widow one will involve The Winter Soldier.
“The books are intended to be an easy and exciting first step for movie fans into the Marvel comics universe,” she wrote.
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The line of @marvel serialized novels I’m editing / showrunning for @serialboxpub has finally been announced! The four books are: Thor, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Jessica Jones. Thor launches this summer. . The books are intended to be an easy and exciting first step for movie fans into the Marvel comics universe. . I can’t wait to tell you about the writing teams I’ve assembled — you’ll scream! — but right now I can only tell you about the Thor one. The room is led by MANDY co-writer and old pal @somebadideas and staffed by horror maestro @brian_keene, sci-fi genius Yoon-Ha Lee and gentleman & (Marvel) scholar Jay Edidin.
The Thor writer’s room will be led by Aaron Stewart-Ahn, who co-wrote last year’s Nicholas Cage-led horror movie Mandy, with the others yet to be announced.
Marvel’s publisher John Nee said in a statement: “Over the last 80 years, Marvel has grown to become a lifestyle for every kind of fan around the world – but it all started from serialised storytelling. We were impressed by the quality and creativity of Serial Box’s content, and we are excited for both Marvel and Serial Box fans to experience these new stories together each week.”
The Thor story is set for release this summer, though there is no further word on the others as yet.