Marvel’s 616 Reveals Sneak Peek for Disney+ Docuseries

Disney+ documentary series Marvel’s 616 previews an intriguing range of topics in its exploration of Marvel Comics history.

Marvel's 616, The Whizzer
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Disney+ may have endured COVID-caused delays for developing Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff series like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Hawkeye, but the streamer’s supplementary Marvel content is well on its way, as evidenced by two sneak peek previews of upcoming docuseries Marvel’s 616, which drops this Fall.

With over 80 years’ worth of Marvel history to cover, Marvel’s 616 (named after Marvel’s primary numerical timeline,) focuses on the stories behind the stories, showcasing the comic creators themselves and their inspirations. Moreover, it will serve as a showcase that puts the Marvel Universe—both on page and onscreen—into the wider context regarding its effect on the readers and on popular culture in general.

On that note, do check out the two official sneak peek videos for Marvel’s 616.

The first clip hails from Episode 2, “Higher, Further, Faster,” which, directed by Community actress Gillian Jacobs, focuses on the groundbreaking conception of Marvel’s Muslim hero in Captain Marvel mantle inheritor Kamala Khan, featuring appearances from co-creators Sana Amanat and G. Willow Wilson discussing the character’s cultural impact. Additionally, the episode will fully explore the trailblazing women behind Marvel Comics, and their involvement in the company’s more recent move toward representation and inclusion.

That clip is followed by a scene from Episode 4, “Lost and Found,” hosted and directed by comedian Paul Scheer, who explores the sillier side of the company’s character lineup that have been mostly forgotten (or, rather, things the company would likely prefer you forget). Indeed, we see a hilarious focus on Marvel’s notoriously bad supervillains of yesteryear, specifically magic-wielding robe-wearer Doctor Druid, who Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan refers to as a “bargain basement Sorcerer Supreme.” Plus, the clip covers the notorious yellow streak himself, The Whizzer (who later became Speed Demon), with the tornado-spinning speedster villain’s absurd origin story of being injected with mongoose blood. Interestingly, fans of (Netflix) Marvel TV series Jessica Jones may remember Whizzer’s lone (comical) MCU appearance in that show’s second season, played by Jay Klaitz, in which he leads the titular hero on a chase with an abruptly fatal end.

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Marvel’s 616 is a production of Marvel New Media with Supper Club, executive produced by Joe Quesada, Shane Rahmani, Stephen Wacker, John Cerilli, Harry Go and Sarah Amos for Marvel, joined by Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn and David Gelb for Supper Club.

There’s plenty of previews coming with Marvel’s 616 Comic-Con@Home virtual panel, which is set for Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 PM PST. That online event, moderated by Angélique Roché, will be graced by directors Gillian Jacobs and Paul Scheer, and executive producers Amos and Sterman.