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1[[quoteright:350:]] ->''Eight remarkable stories. Eight unique filmmakers. One Marvel Universe.''''Marvel's 616'' (also called ''Marvel 616'') is a [[{{documentary}} documentary series]] about the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. The first season of eight episodes, each one directed by a different filmmaker, aired on November 20, 2020 on Creator/DisneyPlus. It consisted of:* ''Japanese Spider-Man'' (directed by David Gelb): The true story of how Marvel and Creator/ToeiCompany came together in 1978 to create a [[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man television show in Japan]] that was completely different from the American Spider-Man.* ''Higher, Further, Faster'' (directed by Creator/GillianJacobs): The history of female comic book creators at Marvel is interwoven alongside the story of Marvel editor Sana Amanat and the creation of [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]].* ''Amazing Artisans'' (directed by Clay Jeter): The story of several writers and artists for Marvel that work around the world and how their world inspires their work, including Creator/SaladinAhmed, Natacha Bustos, Javier Garron, John Jennings, Brandon Montclare, and Amy Reeder.* ''Lost and Found'' (directed by Creator/PaulScheer): A {{mockumentary}} about actor and comedian Paul Scheer looking for the forgotten and obscure heroes of Marvel Comics in order to make a show for Disney+.* ''Suit Up!'' (directed by Andrew Rossi): The story of the cosplay community and several cosplayers within it and how they use their creativity to make their costumes and embody the characters whose costumes they wear.* ''Unboxed'' (directed by Sarah Ramos): The story of the "symbiotic relationship" between comics and toys, as well as those who collect them and those who create them.* ''The Marvel Method'' (directed by Brian Oakes): The "Marvel Method," a way of writing Marvel comics, was used a lot in the past, but is rarely used by modern day comic writers. How and why does Creator/DanSlott use this method?* ''Spotlight'' (directed by Creator/AlisonBrie): [[ The Marvel Spotlight program was a series of one-act plays]] about various characters like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor and Loki]], ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]], meant to be acted out by high school teenagers across the country.----!Tropes about the show:* AnimalSuperheroes: In Paul Scheer's "Lost and Found," Scheer is looking for characters to turn into a Disney+ show and finds ComicBook/BruteForce.* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Dan Slott in "The Marvel Method." He goes from trying in earnest to write the first issue of ''ComicBook/IronMan2020Event'' to saying, "Ooh, a [[Website/{{Twitter}} tweet!]]"* ArtisticLicenseArt: In "The Marvel Method," Dan Slott is said to be writing using the Marvel method, but is shown repeatedly to be writing things like "Page 1, Panel 1," which would be completely inaccurate for the Marvel method (which is basically just writing a plot summary and handing it off to the artist). This is an especially weird example since the show ''accurately'' describes what the Marvel method is prior to this.** Though it should be noted that ''how detailed'' the summary is can change wildly depending on what the writer's looking for. Former Marvel editer and writer Roy Thomas has even stated that the method's populariser Stan Lee would write anywhere from a couple of paragraphs to multiple pages for a synopsis and that he could give quite specific instructions. It's possible Dan's version of the method allows for "Page 1, Panel 1" descriptions while still giving the artist control.* TheCameo: In "Lost and Found," Paul Scheer interviews Creator/JonHamm, Creator/NicoleByer, Creator/RonFunches, Creator/RachelBloom, and Creator/JackMcBrayer to see what they think of his Brute Force show and if they will voice the characters. (It turns out that he can only use non-union actors.)* FramingDevice: "Higher, Further, Faster" uses Sana Amanat's story as a framing device while exploring the history of women in Marvel Comics, eventually building to the creation of [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]].* HurricaneOfPuns: In Paul Scheer's ''Brute Force'' cartoon pitch, one of the SHIELD agents keeps making puns about Brute Force. It turns out that this is why he was chosen for the mission of capturing them -- because he annoyed everybody with his puns.* TheKenBurnsEffect: Mostly averted, except for the toys episode, in which the toys are all shot in various dynamic ways.* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In Paul Scheer's "Lost and Found," Scheer's internal narration is often interrupted by the camera crew. Also, just the fact that he has a ''camera crew'' following him around, even though he's supposed to be developing a show for Disney+ and ''not'' making a documentary. Finally, the end of the documentary has the Disney+ executives simply saying "Why don't you just end it here" and Paul going, "End it here? And just roll credits?" And then the credits roll.* MerchandiseDriven: The entire point of ''ComicBook/BruteForce'' was, instead of getting a license for a toy and creating a comic out of it (like ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''), Marvel would create a comic ''first'' and then create the toy, with characters specifically designed to appeal as toys. The comic, however, wasn't that popular and Paul Scheer's updated cartoon reboot never happened.* {{Mockumentary}}: Paul Scheer's "Lost and Found."* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: When Paul Scheer shows off the ComicBook/BruteForce character of Dr. Eko to Rachel Bloom, she wonders how a ''dolphin'' got a ''doctorate''. Scheer speculates that it was from an online university.* MotionComic: A lot of the comic panels shown are slightly in motion to make them seem more dynamic. The word balloons and text boxes will also have the text appear as it's said, rather than all at once.* TalkingHeads: Since it's a series of documentaries, parts of each episode is dedicated to various people talking straight into to the camera.* VisualPun: When Paul Scheer is showing the ComicBook/BruteForce character of Bear to Rachel Bloom, she points out that he's wearing grills on his teeth. Hence making them [[Series/ManVsWild bear grills.]]----


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