Having conquered comic books and movies, Marvel’s superheroes are tackling a more traditional medium for their next takeover: novels.
Scholastic has signed a multi-year license to publish novels based on Marvel’s characters, kicking off with a pair of titles aimed at young readers featuring some of Marvel’s most bankable stars.
The first two books will launch in 2020: Shuris: A Black Panther Novel will be written by best-selling author Nic Stone, while Preeti Chhiber will pen Avengers Assembly, the debut entry in a new series of books.
Sven Larsen, Marvel Director, Licensed Published calls the partnership “truly one of a kind”.
“As two brands dedicated to storytelling for every kind of reader and fan, the combined strength of this collaboration will be truly one of a kind — with a super power to bring together the next generation of fans through the joy of reading and Marvel,” he adds.
Debra Dorfman, Scholastic’s Vice President and Publishing, Global Licensing, Brand and Media, adds: “The Marvel Universe is vast, inclusive and iconic with a great range of multi-faceted characters, and Scholastic and Marvel share a commitment to bringing diverse characters to life. Shuri, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Squirrel Girl, etc. are all ‘ordinary’ characters with extraordinary powers — and there are a lot of stories to be told!”
Marvel will also continue to publish novels under its Marvel Press imprint, published jointly with Disney Books, with more titles coming in 2020.