Marvel and SiriusXM announced a new multi-year agreement that will allow Marvel to create exclusive podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora listeners. The deal is one of Marvel’s largest podcast agreements to date, and the content will include both scripted and unscripted series, themed live events, and more. The new series and shows are expected to launch in 2020.
The upcoming slate includes four new scripted series, each ten episodes, based around Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Star-Lord. A fifth series will have those four characters team up together. The schedule also includes unscripted podcasts. One podcast takes a look at Marvel’s history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, and another is dedicated to popular Marvel franchises. There will also be a talk show, with interviews and celebrity guests. More details on these shows will be announced at a later date.
“Powerful stories are read, seen, and heard – and we believe audio is the next natural step to bring the Marvel Universe to fans around the world,” said Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment. “Storytelling has always been at the heart of Marvel’s success, and SiriusXM and Pandora have the right platform and expertise to bring Marvel’s rich tapestry of stories to listeners in a whole new way. We are excited to introduce an impressive roster of programming with SiriusXM and Pandora, and we can’t wait to share more details in the weeks and months to come.”
“Whether in movies, TV or other media, Marvel has been a success everywhere it goes, employing a level of quality and pop culture brilliance that organically draws massive audiences, and they are bringing that creative genius to SiriusXM and Pandora,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “We chose Marvel for our first major foray into creating original podcasts, and are thrilled to have Marvel create new audio programming and curate top quality podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora. Under our new creative collaboration with Marvel, we’ll now provide our subscribers and listeners and Marvel fans a breadth and depth of podcasts that will be an immersive adventure into the iconic Marvel universe.”
SiriusXM and Marvel launched their first joint initiative in August with “Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000,” which was available on SiriusXM for a limited run, as well as through its streaming platform and On Demand, and also on the Pandora mobile app. Celebrating the 1000th issue of Marvel comics as well as the company’s 80th anniversary, the programming was a sonic time-warp experience that included an 80-song station playing a track from every year of Marvel’s illustrious history, each connected to a page of the Marvel #1000 issue.
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