A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Docuseries offers a glimpse into media production and jobs in the media industry.
Teamwork and creativity bring the Marvel universe to life.
Positive Role Models
Several episodes highlight the work of people who expanded Marvel's cultural reach to female and non-white, non-American fans.
Violence & Scariness
Documentary features clips from various Marvel movies, which include superhero violence with weapons (though no blood or gore). One episode shows the behind-the-scenes stunt work in a TV series, which has quite a bit of real-life danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mentions of love and dating between adults, some character costumes are clingy but not revealing.
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Infrequent use of moderate language like "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Series is basically an extended commercial for Marvel, and several episodes focus on intersection of Marvel and products (toys and Comic Con).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to excessive drinking by adults, not shown visually.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's 616 is a behind-the-scenes documentary series about the Marvel universe: comics, TV and film, toys, and more. Older Marvel fans and teens generally interested in pop culture will love learning more about the Marvel franchise. The adult themes from other Marvel media are also present in video clips throughout, including violence with weapons, mentions of romance and clingy costumes, moderate language, and references to adults drinking excessively. It's not as intense as watching a movie, since the clips are usually background footage to something an interview subject is talking about. (Though the "Japanese Spider-Man" episode shows behind-the-scenes stunt work which has quite a bit of real-life danger.) The series can feel like an extended commercial for Marvel, and several episodes focus on the intersection of Marvel and products.
Is It Any Good?
These documentaries are definitely aimed at an adult audience, and may be a tad boring for some kids. Marvel superfans will delight in learning stories about the franchise that aren't common knowledge. For example: did you know that there was a Japanese Spider-Man TV show that had a completely different story and also inspired the Transformers and Power Rangers series? Even casual fans interested in media and pop culture will enjoy seeing the brand through a new light. Be prepared for a fare amount of navel-gazing though, as Disney+ doesn't present any criticisms of Marvel in the series.
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