Often times our favorite superheroes are not saving the world twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. The “everyday” lives of our favorite superheroes are sometimes just as interesting as their superhero adventures. Sticking to Marvel characters, I think of names like Peter Parker, Matt Murdock, and Miles Morales to name a few. Some characters hide their identity and others show it off (we are looking at you Tony Stark). But there is no doubt that their identities are part of what makes them amazing superheroes.
Today, Marvel Entertainment announced a brand-new documentary special titled, Marvel’s Behind the Mask. This will debut exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, February 12th, 2021. This documentary is meant to explore the power of identity behind the world’s most iconic superheroes that we know and love.
Since the arrival of the Marvel Age of comics in the 1960s, Marvel’s writers have used the notion of identities to examine the evolving concept of equal rights. This is why the mantel of certain characters gets passed along as our world changes. The legendary creators at Marvel have always been conscious about reflecting the world outside our window. As well as having their characters become a reflection of our own identities and who we really are.
Marvel’s Behind the Mask will feature a variety of guests from Marvel’s 80-year legacy. This will include writers and artists that are responsible for characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and others. They will be highlighting their importance and impact on pop culture and media.
This documentary is produced by Marvel New Media with Tarmac Creative. The film is directed by Michael Jacobs. Produced by Chris Gary and Ryan Simon for Tarmac Creative and Strike Anywhere. Joe Quesada, Shane Rahmani, Stephen Wacker, John Cerilli, Harry Go, and Sarah Amos serve as Executive Producers for Marvel.
Superhero identities are very important. For me, for example, I am such a fan of Scott Lang. Yes, he is Ant-Man but he is also a single dad that is trying to make it. Even if he is a bit of a screwup. A lot of times I find that part of his stories a lot more interesting. Which have overall drawn me into the character. I look forward to seeing what the legends of Marvel have to say about developing identities. This looks like a great documentary.
Marvel’s Behind the Mask will debut exclusively on Disney+ on February 12th, 2021.
Source: Marvel Entertainment
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