Joe and Anthony Russo are producing a docuseries called Slugfest based on the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics for Quibi. The Russo brothers are well-known in the Marvel family for directing the massive hits Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the last two films in the Captain America trilogy. Endgame is said to be their last MCU project, with the duo moving onto the Tom Holland-starring film Cherry. They also produced next week’s 21 Bridges, which stars fellow MCU alum Chadwick Boseman.
Ever since they were established years ago, Marvel and DC have been competitors in the comic book industry. Both companies have produced some of the most iconic superheroes of all time and found immense success, but there always seems to be a competition between the two, especially when it comes to their fans. The rivalry has only increased as the companies moved into film and television, with Marvel garnering more success in the former and DC creating a solid space in the latter (though it is catching up in its own way in film).
Quibi has revealed the Russo brothers will executive produce Slugfest for the new streamer. Inspired by the 2017 novel Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle Between Marvel and DC by Reed Tucker, the docuseries will focus on the rise of comic books, the intense competition between both companies, and the biggest moments for each. This includes a time where the two companies crossed-over with each other in 1976, when Superman (from DC) and Spider-Man (Marvel) shared the same pages. Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (the documentaries Believe and Framing John Delorean) will direct.
Launching on April 6, 2020, Quibi is among the newest services to join the streaming wars. While other platforms like Disney+ and HBO Max are relying on beloved IP and brand familiarity to gain viewers, Quibi’s angle is short-form, mobile-based content. It will be subscription-based and has already attracted talent like Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen, and Idris Elba.
The Marvel vs. DC debate is one of the biggest in pop culture, and a look inside the actual events that created that rivalry sounds fascinating. Both companies have been around for many years and are the reasons superheroes are so popular today. The Russo brothers have proven their talent with the recent Avengers films, and while they are not directing Slugfest, having them on-board will definitely give the project an added boost. The real question is how the docuseries will fit into Quibi’s short-form format, and whether or not people will be drawn to the platform. With the number of streaming services available for audiences, Quibi will need to stand out to get subscribers. Perhaps Slugfest will give Quibi some Marvel/DC magic and pull fans in.
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Slugfest will be released April 6, 2020 on Quibi.