There’s no denying that this year has kept superhero fans very well-fed. Unfortunately, it was thanks to the multiple productions delays that came from the initial height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of 2021, we’ve been experiencing a marathon of content (mostly coming from Marvel Studios’ corner) with hits like WandaVision, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and more recently Thor: Love and Thunder.
Ms. Marvel has just wrapped up and there’s still more to expect. In August, we are getting She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and in November we are sending off the year on a strong note with the long-awaited sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s not completely out of the question if you’re consumed by the world of Marvel and DC right now. Not only has the world of superheroes taken the culture by storm (yet again) but it’s kind of hard to avoid the hype.
If you’re looking to expand your interests and dive deeper into other stories, we have a list of podcasts that you can queue up and enjoy to integrate your new special interest into your day-to-day.
1. Wolverine: The Long Night
If you’re into murder mysteries, pop on some headphones and listen to this Marvel x Stitcher collaborative project. Built like a true crime podcast, the audience follows Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall and are led to believe that Logan (AKA Wolverine) could be the one behind a string of murders in Burns, Alaska. Nothing is clear and the audience isn’t given the most solid ground to stand on. This is a slower podcast, but the lack of speed is intentional in order to build this complex and riveting story.
2. Red Rhino
This podcast tells a story similar to that of Spider-Man. An outcast teenager, Wes Whitaker, is given super abilities that he doesn’t know how to control. Unlike Spider-Man and his agile spider-like abilities, Whitaker is given the destructive power of a rhino. Whitaker and the mysterious Timeline Keeper, Evangeline, must learn how to use his annoying powers to save his family… and his timeline. Through lies, conspiracies, and high school trauma, Red Rhino is a story about family, growing up, choices, and responsibility.
Another Marvel x Stitcher series for you. Similar to Wolverine: The Long Night, this podcast is very grounded and its storytelling is investigative. Marvels tells the story of a photographer named Phil Sheldon along with other non-superpowered people trying to deal and cope with the aftermath of an attempted invasion by the galaxy-eater Galactus and his battle against the Fantastic Four. It’s mystery, it’s adventure, and it’s just a lot of fun.
4. The Van
A fan of the X-Men? Well, then this one might just be for you. Kids gifted with strange powers have grown up under the thumb of the vicious and intelligent driver of the van Novia-Scotia. 17-year-old Cola’s life in the van is shaken up when her older “sister” Rosaline has disappeared and she realizes Nova will stop at nothing to find her. What will happen when she does? And what will happen to Cola as she nears adulthood, the age when kids in the van seem to slip away?
5. Batman Unburied
A serial killer known as The Harvester terrorizes Gotham City, but Batman is not coming to the rescue. In fact, Bruce Wayne has no memory of being the Caped Crusader at all. Instead, Bruce is a forensic pathologist, performing the autopsy on the latest victim when he’s attacked by the killer himself. As Bruce’s obsession with the Harvester consumes him, Dr. Thomas Wayne, head of Gotham City Hospital, orders his son to take medical leave and seek treatment from an unusual psychologist, Dr. Hunter. With Batman missing in action, Detective Barbara Gordon is left with no other choice but to seek help from Gotham’s second smartest detective: The Riddler.
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