Long-gone Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has nothing to do with these new plays, but when you think “Marvel” and “stage,” this is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Hopefully, that’s about to change.
Image: Marvel

You’ve read the comics. You’ve seen the movies. You’ve watched the TV shows. And now you can experience Marvel in its most homegrown setting yet: a high school auditorium.

Marvel has teamed up with Samuel French to make three officially licensed Marvel plays available for performances. It’s a program called “Marvel Spotlight” and it’s kicking off with three plays:

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  • Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play by Karen ZacarĂ­as
  • Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play by Christian Borle 
  • Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play by Masi Asare

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These are one-act plays “developed for teenagers” that “explore the humans behind your favorite Super Heroes as they balance mastering their newfound powers while facing the real-world challenges of young adults.” Here’s a screencap from the official site:

The covers and plots for the Marvel Spotlight plays.
Screenshot: Marvel Spotlight

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Since these are official, there are licensing fees involved. If you want to perform just one play, it costs $75 per performance. If you want to do two or more plays, it’s $125 per performance. Then there are add-ons, like the ability to use the Marvel logo on your posters and programs ($50 for one play, $75 for two or more), scenic backdrops ($300 and up), video licenses ($75 and up), and more. (You can also buy the scripts just to read them.) More information—like detailed plot descriptions, specifics on how to license the plays, tips on achieving a Marvel look, and more—can be found on the official site: MarvelSpotlightPlays.com.

I haven’t read the plays, so it’s impossible to say if they’re worth the money or not—though Marvel is unlikely to make this kind of leap without quality content to back it up, and given the popularity of all things Marvel, most performance groups will probably be able to draw a crowd based on name recognition alone. I know I’d pay to see Ms. Marvel, Thor and Loki, and Squirrel Girl in a dramatic theater near me.

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