Over the last few years, the release-launch program Serial Box has been experimenting with new ways to tell stories. Today, with a new partnership with Marvel, the company is entering the superhero world, which will bring forth new stories about Black Panther, Black Widow, Jessica Jones, and Thor.
The publisher is best known for long-formatted, serialized stories called "Serials," which act like a television series. Each season consists of 10 to 16 individual rates, which take about 40 minutes to read, each of which can be read by itself, but also convey a seasonal plot. The similarities with a television show do not stop there: instead of individual authors writing a single work for themselves, they bring an author's space with authors to stories such as The witch who came out of the cold Ninth Staging or The Vela . The stories can be read through the company's app and website and are also accompanied by audio customization.
This is the first foray of Serial Box in bondage games. In a release, CEO Molly Barton says they are "thrilled that Marvel entrusts us with expanding and expanding the storytelling worlds of these beloved characters." The stories will be originals based on characters but not retelling comics or films. The first story about the gate will turn over Thor and land sometime this summer. The company says that Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Brian Keene, Jay Edidin and Yoon Ha Lee will form the space for the author of this first series. Serial Box would not say if its stories fit together in a separate model for a connected universe or if each season stands alone.
Now it seems Marvel wanted to see how well the storytelling method of Serial Box fits his characters. Over the years, there have been many prose novelizations of Marvel's characters, but they have never touched the audience as much as the Star Wars novels. The Serial Box model feels ideal: a way to tell a rolling, drawn-out story that is more like a comic book series than a regular novel. It seemed to work well for Netflix and its own constellation of projects (until they were all broken off).
The comic world is used to long-standing, serialized stories, but this partnership is Marvel's latest experiment. The past decade has shown that the company is more than just a comic book publisher: it's a full-fledged studio for content, branching out beyond the medium of comics into film, television and audio. One project that feels similar is last year's Wolverine podcast, The Long Night (and the upcoming second season, The Lost Trail .) Last year, the author was this one Project, Benjamin Percy told The Verge that Marvel was "intrigued" by the possibilities that audio files offer and wanted to see if a superhero story would work. "We did not want to reinvent the wheel, we wanted to do what worked." Well, it seems Marvel is interested in seeing where his characters and superhero stories work otherwise: as a serialized, elongated novel.