Marvel Comics may not be producing new comics right now, but the publisher has a massive back catalog of titles available digitally or through printed trades. Of course, Marvel also offers media outside of comics and movies for fans to get their superhero fix, including podcasts and novels.
From audio dramas starring Wolverine and Thor to young adult novelizations of adventures starring Loki and The Unstoppable Wasp, here are some podcasts and novels for Marvel fans looking to get a superhero fix.
Now in its second season, Marvel and Stitcher’s Wolverine is a noir tale following Logan on solo journeys through darkness and danger. The award-winning first season, Wolverine: The Long Night, is about Logan becoming involved with serial murders and cults in Alaska.
The second season, currently ongoing, is Wolverine: The Lost Trail. It follows Logan on the trail of missing humans and mutants — including an old lover — in New Orleans. Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Francis Dolarhyde (Hannibal) star and Benjamin Percy, who is currently writing the Wolverine ongoing for Marvel, wrote both seasons of the audio drama podcast. Episodes are released weekly on Stitcher and are currently free for all listeners.
A new story that premiered March 19 is an adaptation of the seminal 1994 limited series Marvels by Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek. This podcast focuses on the reaction of ordinary humans to the coming of Galactus and the Fantastic Four’s battle against him, originally presented in Fantastic Four issues #48-50 — known popularly as “The Galactus Trilogy.”
It follows photographer Phil Sheldon (Seth Barrish), reporter Ben Urich (Method Man) and college student Marcia Hardesty (AnnaSophia Robb) as they react to the arrival of a god-like being, grappling with what this means to them and reevaluating what is important in their lives. For fans of seeing how humans cope with existential crises (aside from the current one), new episodes of Marvels premiere weekly on Stitcher and are currently free to all listeners.
Thor: Metal Gods follows Thor and Loki on a cosmic quest against an ancient evil. They travel with not only a Korean tiger-goddess, but also a charismatic, genderfluid space pirate. They must retrieve an artifact and will confront their pasts while doing so. The first episode is free and then readers can purchase the entire season for $9.99 through Serial Box; episodes are available weekly after purchase. Thor: Metal Gods is narrated by Daniel Gillies and written by Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Jay Edidin, Brian Keene and Yoon Ha Lee.
One nonfiction podcast to mention is Marvel’s own Marvel’s Voices, a podcast dedicated to conversations between Angélique Roché and diverse creators who currently work for Marvel. The podcast is free and available on listeners’ preferred podcast platform.
Disney Books has several YA novels featuring Marvel characters that will appeal to anyone, regardless of age. Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster by Liza Palmer is a prelude to the blockbuster film. It details Carol Danvers’ first year in the U.S. Air Force, including meeting and befriending Maria Rambeau. Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee is a historical fiction story that follows young Loki from Asgard to Victorian London to investigate murders involving Asgardian magic. Both books are available now wherever books are sold, in addition to Margaret Stohl’s two Black Widow novels, Forever Red and Red Vengeance.
The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope by Sam Maggs, which hits shelves May 26, follows Nadia van Dyne as she continues to adapt to life as a superhero after so long spent as a trainee of the infamous Red Room.
U.K. publisher Titan Books has a line of books called Novels of the Marvel Universe, which mostly adapts comic stories into novel form. These include Civil War and The Dark Phoenix Saga by Stuart Gordon, Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine, Avengers Infinity by James A. Moore, Kraven’s Last Hunt by Neil Kleid, Venom: Lethal Protector by James R. Tuck and more, all of which expand the comics through prose.
Titan also produces original stories such as Captain Marvel: Liberation Run by Tess Sharpe, in which Captain Marvel assembles a group of heroes to help an Inhuman free her world and Thanos: Death Sentence by Stuart Moore, in which Thanos reflects on past failures and attempts to succeed one final time in wooing Death, among others. These are great for fans of classic Marvel stories looking to experience them in new ways and for anybody who wants to go further into the minds of their favorite heroes. Some of these have also been adapted as audiobooks by GraphicAudio.
From podcasts available on Stitcher and Serial Box to novelizations of classic and modern heroes, Marvel Entertainment has plenty of non-comics media.