Marvel Entertainment and ESPN Films have joined together on a short film series that gives viewers a unique look at some of the world’s most successful athletes. The first episode will air tonight on TV and Facebook.

The series, “1 of 1 — Origins,” mixes Marvel’s animation with the award-winning storytelling of ESPN Films. Each short focuses on a single athlete and features all-new interviews.

All eight films will have a television premiere and will also be released on the ESPN 30 for 30 Facebook page the same day.

The athletes featured in the series are:

  • Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers quarterback) – Premiering July 10
  • Brandi Chastain (U.S. Women’s Soccer) – Premiering July 13
  • Bryce Harper (Major League Baseball) – Premiering July 14
  • Dwight Howard (NBA Basketball) – Premiering July 14
  • Amy Purdy (Snowboarding) – Premiering July 15
  • Phil Mickelson (PGA Golfer) – Premiering July 15
  • Danica Patrick (NASCAR Driver) – Premiering July 16
  • Tony Hawk (Skateboarder) – Premiering July 17

Kaepernick’s episode will be shown during the July 10 episode of “His & Hers” that will be telecast from San Diego Comic-Con with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith at 2pm ET on ESPN2.

The remaining “1 of 1 – Origins” short films will launch across various ESPN programs including SportsCenter, and during coverage of the Home Run Derby and British Open. They will also be accessible digitally on 30 for 30’s Facebook page (facebook.com/espn30for30) and on Marvel.com.


Michelle Snow is a huge fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in films and TV, as well as the Disney parks. She's also an award-winning writer who has written several guidebooks on Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @zengrrl. Her blog, CitySurfing Orlando covers Orlando and the theme parks. Her favorite rides at the Disney parks are Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain, and Indiana Jones Adventure, and she is anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land to become real. She collects anything to do with Snow White, Grumpy, Tinkerbell, and Stitch. She also has an unhealthy obsession with Jedi and Iron Man.