While the announcement marks Marvel's first foray into the ever-growing world of podcasts, The Hollywood Reporter notes that it isn't the first time the comic book giant has had a brush with the audio-only format.
Along with the news, Percy detailed the intent of writing Wolverine: The Long Night and what exactly the story will entail. The twosome join forces with deputy Bobby Reid, Broadway's Andrew Keenan-Bolger (TUCK EVERLASTING, NEWSIES, MARY POPPINS), to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage).
Hugh Jackman may be done playing Wolverine onscreen, but now Marvel has figured out a way to keep the story going-a podcast. Richard Armitage is known for giving intense performances and is basically ideal to play Logan. A new scripted podcast series centered on the X-Men character will launch exclusively on Stitcher Premium in spring 2018 before it sets a wide release across other podcast platforms in the fall. It follows government agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they investigate a series of murders. "Part of the series is him recovering those memories and despite his attempts to separate himself from society, getting drawn into a situation where frontier justice is called for". Wolverine also has a lot of mainstream appeal, and is perfectly suited for a gritty crime drama.
"It's very easy to turn up the volume on reality there". And some of them have to do with Wolverine as his legend grows in this area, as people observe him bounding through the mists with packs of wolves; as they witness him save and end lives. The story was written by BEN PERCY and directed by BRENDAN BAKER. If this series kicks off, we could be looking at more scripted podcasts from Marvel.
Dan Silver, vice president and head of platforms and content for Marvel New Media, echoed that sentiment, saying in a statement that "Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe".