Disney+ has released a new series today for International Women’s Day called Marvel “MPower.” It focuses on the stories of some of the most inspirational and “MPowering” female heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The show, which is now streaming on Disney+, consists of four stand-alone episodes that unpack the journeys of characters including Carol Danvers, Wanda Maximoff, the women of Wakanda, and Gamora from “The Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The series aims to provide a tribute to women’s representation and empowerment, according to Zoë Saldaña, who is featured in episode four and serves as an executive producer of the series. She said, “Our hope is that this series will ignite meaningful conversations and drive real change towards a more equal and inclusive world.”
TV Spot for MPower on Disney+
Executive Producer Justin W. Hochberg created Marvel “MPower” out of love for his teen daughter. He wanted to provide her with more icons to look up to, voices to learn from, and role models to help her impact the world. “Every hero has an epic origin story, and so does this series,” he said.
Saldaña and her fellow executive producers, Cisely and Mariel Saldana for Cinestar Pictures, hope that “MPower” will empower girls and women worldwide to be their authentic selves in their lives and careers.
The show features archival footage, imaginative animation, and candid interviews to profile how these characters and the women behind their success have impacted fans worldwide. Mark Herzog, another executive producer, said, “We’re excited to help illuminate the myriad, powerful stories of women in the MCU. We sincerely hope that the series will empower girls and women all over the world to be their authentic selves in their lives and in their careers.”
MPower Episode List:
- MPOWER—THE WOMEN OF BLACK PANTHER invites viewers back to Wakanda, where the women are the backbone of the world’s most powerful nation. Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Shuri (Letitia Wright) are as unbreakable as vibranium, and this episode of “MPower” dives into their roots in the original comics, how the performances were influenced by the actors’ own lived experiences and how the spirit of Africa and black excellence shaped every aspect of the films.
- MPOWER—CAPTAIN MARVEL journeys with one of the MCU’s most powerful Super Heroes, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)—seen through the eyes of those who helped bring her to life. Through animation and never-before-seen footage, viewers will gain a new sense of the transformation from Carol Danvers to Captain Marvel, the women who look up to her—Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani)—and how the teams behind and in front of the camera helped bring it all together.
- MPOWER—SCARLET WITCH celebrates Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings)—plus the creative forces behind the Scarlet Witch’s iconic journey. The hero with undeniable power and a tragic backstory has withstood insurmountable odds reaching back to her childhood in Sokovia, through her years flourishing as an Avenger, and of course, her ascension to self-realization as the Scarlet Witch.
- MPOWER—GAMORA explores the evolution of the captivating character, Gamora (Zoë Saldaña), from her days as an assassin to life among the Guardians of the Galaxy. As the backbone of the team of misfits, Gamora is forced to reevaluate what family means to her and address her dysfunctional relationship with her sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). Vets of the “Guardians” movies weigh in on the plight of Gamora and how she is brought to life in an emotional and dynamic way.
MPower Key Poster Art
With its focus on female heroes and their journeys, “MPower” is an excellent addition to the MCU canon. We appreciate the message of empowerment and representation, which is particularly important for young girls who are looking for strong role models in media.
“MPower” is now streaming on Disney+, so be sure to check it out.