New Character Development + Implementation
While the Marvel Universe has over 7,000 characters, it has primarily focused on a limited set of prominent characters, especially in developing them in the world of television and film. Moving forward, Marvel needs to decide if they are to continue on this path with the prominent characters, or expand into a larger set of lesser-known characters.
Create a new blockbuster character for Marvel, born out of a cultural dimension, with a story giving context to the character and an integrated launch plan.
Marvel develops characters that grow through their fan base prior to reaching the mass public. Because Marvel movies are primarily targeted for the fans, not the masses; our recommendation is to heavily invest into products and licensees that generate revenue and character implementation prior to developing feature films.
This got us thinking
What problem can we help solve for with our new character implementation?
We looked at the Marvel catalog and accessed the cultural environment that birthed some of Marvel’s biggest charcters.
Issues surrounding self doubt. A topic most could relate to.
Issues around discrimination and segregation.
Cold War culture. “Flawed” super heros.
Multicultural Gen Z (10-22) + Millenial cuspers (23-36)
Individuals who are experiencing consistent internal and external change.
When devleoping the cultural landscape for our new character, we decided to address a variety of topics that mirrored modern society. These include Systems of Oppression, Conformity, Gender roles, & Multi-ethnicity.
From the country of Latveria, ruled by Dr. Doom
19 year-old Tripp and his twin sister, Tora, have their own individual powers. Growing up, Tripp has always felt inferior to his sister. She has the stronger power of telekinesis and is a domniant leader, while Trip is more reserved.
When Tora is killed while leading an “underground” suffrage movement, Tripp inherits Tora’s powers, becoming The Alchemist.
Tripp feels the consequence of compliance. Discovering a purpose to use his power.
- Spoken in the voice of the character.
- Extension of his grassroots leadership.
- Teased in the comic and other marketing through “easter eggs”.
- A look into the making of Tripp, and the Latverian world.
- Extends Marvel owned marketing and social efforts for Tripp, The Alchemist.
- Propaganda newscast from the perspective of Dr. Doom and Latveria.
- Mirrors present day culture through a Latverian lens.
- Will feature interviews with creators and social influencers.
(Click to listen)
Robert Clark (CBM), Mykala Daniel (ST), Kate Fallon (ST), Prahb Sani (CBM), Donald Kim (CW), Joe Jones (AD), Jackie Koon (XD)