Released every Thursday everywhere podcasts are available, the Marvel Voices podcast takes a look at the world outside our window, right now.
Writer. Attorney. Journalist. Producer. There isn’t much Angélique Roché can’t do, having worked at some of the biggest pop-culture publications as both a contributor, editor, panel moderator, and even, red carpet host. Which is why seeing her return to lead the Marvel’s Voices podcast series is pretty amazing.
This season will focus ‘Marvel: A Window to Our World’ as its theme, with a look at some of the culturally rooted influences that inspired some of the Marvel Universe, as Roché and several guest hosts from the best of Marvel’s talent pool, engage in some seriously deep conversations regarding each artist’s process, collaborations, and creative journey. All with a focus on how both nationality, and truly, cultural diversity, continue to inspire the Marvel world.
What’s nifty about this season will be the emphasis on how the comics, told in English for generations, have oddly made their way around the world recently thanks to the rise in digital comics. As many users from around the world can access these stories in ways that they couldn’t before, helping bring a more diverse culture and talent into the fold.
You can listen to the episode above though it’s also available on the SXM App, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, and Spotify. The first episode features letterer Janice Chiang, the first Chinese-American woman letterer at Marvel.
The remaining episodes of the season will include:
- Nigerian artist Adedotun Akande and writer Murewa Ayodele (Moon Knight: Black, White and Blood)
- Japanese comic creator Peach Momoko
- South African writer and musician Mohale Mashigo (Miles Morales & Moon Girl #1, Avengers and Moon Girl #1)
- West African and French writer Juni Ba (Black Panther Vol. 8 #3)
- Argentine-American comic writer Fabian Nicieza
- Puerto Rican director of the Spanish-language audio series ‘Wolverine: La Larga Noche’ Alejandra Lopez
“This season we continue the exploration of the vastness of Marvel by highlighting the accuracy of the phrase, ‘Marvel, Your Universe.’ Each episode presents a new perspective, a journey… another window into not just the cultural impact of Marvel on the world but the cultures that have influenced and impacted Marvel, our stories and our characters,” said host Angélique Roché in a statement from Marvel. “From Japan to South Africa, Paris to Argentina, the richness of our stories has long benefited and continue to benefit from the richness of the identities, lived experiences, and imaginations of creatives around the world.”
The podcast will also feature some comments from former Marvel’s Voices guests in the form of Creator-Led Conversations. Segments where Marvel writers will guest host and talk to other creators about their careers. Confirmed thus far are guests Karama Horne, Marika Hashimoto, and Tochi Onyebuchi. The 8-episode series is produced by Isabel Robertson and Kara McGuirk-Allison, and executive produced by Jill Du Boff.
If that wasn’t enough, Marvel’s Voices is also moving into consumer products with a Walmart exclusive artist capsule collection that highlights the work, contributions, and lived experiences of Marvel creators and fans of color, along with some Black Panther Legacy program goods. The new capsule collection by artists Nardstar and Damion Scott feature Funko collectibles, with more to arrive later this year. Cans can learn more over at Walmart’s Marvel Hub
Host Angélique Roché is also co-authoring a forthcoming non-fiction book, My Super Hero is Black from Marvel and Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books (available 10.11.22) and will be featured in Titan Books’ upcoming Marvel’s Black Panther: Script To Page (available 10.4.22).