Who doesn’t have a podcast these days?
With podcasts seeing a huge spike in popularity over the past few years it was only time before Marvel jumped in. Beginning next year, Marvel will launch The Long Night, its first scripted podcast styled after WBEZ’s Serial. It will also feature The Hobbit’s, Richard Armitage. Richard is a damn good choice for Wolverine.
Marvel announced today that they are partnering with Stitcher Audio to produced the scripted podcast. Writer Ben Percy described The Long Night as a blend of Serial, S-Town, True Detective, and Unforgiven. I’m sold. If you haven’t listened to either S-Town or Serial yet you really should. They are incredibly gripping and well done. Percy says the show is meant specifically to pull audiences in as the characters slowly begin to piece together the elements of a larger mystery. Said Percy:
“If you look at the success of Serial and S-Town, it has everything to do I think with their investigative formats, the way the listeners become complicit in the narrative. They’re co-authors, they’re literary detectives, because they’re piecing together the clues alongside the reporters, and I wanted to take a similar approach to that.”
The story of The Long Night will follow two special agents who are investigating a series of gruesome murders taking place in Burns, a fictional Alaskan town. An amnesiac Wolverine (Armitage) is the agents’ top suspect in the killing, but as they uncover evidence they start to learn not everything is as it seems. Honestly, this sounds incredibly cool, the podcast will incorporate elements from popular murder mystery podcasts but will bring in themes more common to comic books. There will be murder, cults, and claws! Said Percy:
“I’m also drawing from the Native legends in the area and from cultish mythology. There is a compound set up outside of the town of Burns, Alaska, where the Aurora cult is located. 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.”
If I was to fan cast a new Wolverine in the MCU you’re damn right I’d take Armitage. Sign me up. I’m ready for this podcast! Wonder if Wolverine is going finally wear his costume.
No word on a “Marvel Podcast Universe” just yet, but Percy says if The Long Night proves successful, “that would be incredibly exciting … Marvel is known as world-builders and universe-builders; that is what we do across all of our mediums. It’s hard to say, but it would be super cool.”
The Long Night will premiere sometime next year.