Marvel Is Bringing Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Star-Lord to the Podcasting World

Black Widow will be getting her own podcast series.
Black Widow will be getting her own podcast series.
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Listen up, because Marvel stories are heading to your ears (again). Marvel has announced it’s working on a new series of podcasts about some of its most famous superheroes, which will debut on SiriusXM and Pandora.

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As stated in a press release, Marvel has secured a deal with SiriusXM to create a slate of podcasts for the subscription radio platform and Pandora’s streaming service. They include three 10-episode scripted podcasts about Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Star-Lord.

Of course all of these characters are major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, with Black Widow getting her own prequel movie, Hawkeye having a series on Disney+, and Star-Lord set to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3... whenever that happens.

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In addition, Marvel announced a podcast centered around Wolverine, with plans for an Avengers-style team-up to bring the characters together. It’s unclear whether Wolverine’s solo series is connected to Stitcher’s Wolverine podcast, which has had two seasons (The Long Night and The Lost Trail) but hasn’t yet been renewed for a third. We reached out to Marvel and Sirius XM for clarification.

There will also be a couple of unscripted shows that go behind the scenes of Marvel, including one that looks at the history of the company “through a modern-day lens,” talk shows, and an interview series featuring celebrities and special guests. SiriusXM also said in a statement that it will get to debut several “popular Marvel podcasts” before other platforms, but it hasn’t yet said what those podcasts are.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a project Marvel has been working on for a long time and reportedly shopped it to a lot of different podcasting networks before setting on SiriusXM and Pandora.

The podcasts will debut exclusively on those platforms, but it’s unclear whether they’ll only be available there or will be more widely released later on (io9 reached out for clarification). Either way, the Marvel podcasts will roll out weekly, starting sometime in 2020.

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Update: A SeriusXM representative confirmed to io9 that their Wolverine podcast will be separate from the one Marvel developed with Stitcher. They also said all their Marvel podcasts will have an exclusivity window before being released on other platforms, though they wouldn’t confirm how long the planned exclusivity windows will be.


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DISCUSSION

The fracturing of Marvel Podcasts/audio dramas on platforms like Stitcher and Sirius is annoying. I would normally be excited for this content, but I’m not interested in tracking it down all over the place.