Marvel to team with Stitcher to launch its first scripted podcast, "Wolverine"

Broadway's Celia & Andrew Keenan-Bolger Set for New WOLVERINE Podcast

After a decade spent soundly conquering the film industry, Marvel is once again broadening its base of storytelling platforms, launching a longform fiction podcast centered on the iconic X-Men character Wolverine, the company announced today.

While the announcement marks Marvel's first foray into the ever-growing world of podcasts, The Hollywood Reporter notes that it isn't the first time the comic book giant has had a brush with the audio-only format. The series will debut exclusively on Stitcher Premium in Spring 2018 before hitting wide release on all podcast apps later in the fall. What's also cool is that the show will have Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) voicing the titular Wolverine.

"The Wolverine: The Long Night story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe".

The Long Night is said to be inspired by true crime podcasts Serial and S-Town, along with a healthy dose of the HBO series True Detective for good measure. Andrew Keenan-Bolger also stars as the deputy in the fictional Alaskan town. Logan showed that Wolverine is defined more by his trauma than his role as a superhero, making him the ideal character to test the waters of a comic character outside of a visual medium. And some of them have to do with Wolverine as his legend grows in this area, as people observe him bounding through the mists with packs of wolves; as they witness him save and end lives. "And it's unclear at first whether they are implicated in the murders that are occurring here and whether they might have powers, as they purport to - a connection to and a control over the fabric of light that plays over the winter skies". Thankfully, Marvel and Stitcher have enlisted what looks to be an equally capable production team for the project, including comic writer Ben Percy, director Brendan Baker and sound designer Chloe Prasinos, who worked on Reply All for Gimlet, prior to joining up.

Other performers who will appear on the show are Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Bob Balaban, Jordan Bridges, Scott Adsit, David Call, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Michael J. Burg, Lannon Killea, and Chris Gethard.

Marvel is expanding Wolverine's story through a new medium.

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