If you are tired of Wolverine being back in comics already, Stitcher has something for you. The company is working with Marvel to produce the 10-episode scripted podcast series Wolverine: The Long Night, which will debut on the Stitcher Premium network in the Spring of 2018, and on other platforms the following Fall.
The series will take place in the fictional isolated town of Burns in Alaska, where two agents team up with a local deputy to investigate a series of murders, the prime suspect being Wolverine/Logan. Writer Ben Percy says that the isolated and extreme environment also:
"… [makes it] very easy to turn up the volume on reality there. In addition to the crime investigation into the serial killer on the loose, there are also elements of the fantastic. And some of them have to do with Wolverine as his legend grows in this area, as people observe him bounding through the mists with packs of wolves; as they witness him save and end lives" … "I'm also drawing from the Native legends in the area and from cultish mythology. There is a compound set up outside of the town of Burns, Alaska, where the Aurora cult is located. And it's unclear at first whether they are implicated in the murders that are occurring here and whether they might have powers, as they purport to — a connection to and a control over the fabric of light that plays over the winter skies."
Percy describes the investigative nature of the story to other famous podcasts:
"If you look at the success of Serial and S-Town, it has everything to do I think with their investigative formats, the way the listeners become complicit in the narrative" … "They're co-authors, they're literary detectives, because they're piecing together the clues alongside the reporters, and I wanted to take a similar approach to that."
Wolverine's own story also plays into this mystery format as well:
"… he's been mind-wiped again and again, he doesn't know the whole terrible truth about his life. Part of the series is him recovering those memories and despite his attempts to separate himself from society, getting drawn into a situation where frontier justice is called for."
Wolverine: The Long Night will star Richard Armitage -- who played Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies and voiced Trevor Belmont in the animated Netflix Castlevania series -- as Wolverine. Celia Keenan-Bolger will voice agent Sally Pierce and Ato Essandoh agent Tad Marshall, while Andrew Keenan-Bolger will play deputy Bobby Reid.