Marvel vs DC in New Russo Brothers Comic Book Doc Series


Spider-Man and Superman together? Mass hysteria! Screenshot: YouTube/Roku

The Russo Brothers brought Black Panther and Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, killed them along with half the galaxy, and then brought them back in one of the most epic battles in movie history. Now, if you can imagine, they’re going bigger, with a 10-part docuseries about the greatest rivalry in comic book history: Marvel and DC.

The documentary is called Slugfest and will premiere on the Roku Channel on December 24. The Russos, directors of Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, are producing and none other than Kevin Smith is telling. Here’s the trailer.

That trailer has it all, doesn’t it? Pretty much the entire history of comic books, at least when Marvel and DC came on board. But it looks like it will cover all of the greatest characters, greatest artists, greatest writers, merchandising, TV shows, rivalries, storylines and ultimately our modern era of superhero movies like Justice League and The Avengers. What The Last Dance was to the Chicago Bulls and The Beatles: Get Back was to the Fab Four, Slugfest looks like it’s to comic books.

If you’re wondering what a documentary of this magnitude is doing on the Roku channel, there’s a story behind it. This project was originally produced for Quibi, the short-lived “quick bites” platform that had an army of talent behind it thanks to the huge checks being written. When Quibi folded, Slugfest no longer had a house, and now it has one.

Directed by filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce and inspired by the book Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel & DC by Reed Tucker, the doc debuts December 24.


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