Marvel’s Hero Project is an American documentary series from Marvel New Media for Disney Plus. It began streaming at the same time as the streaming service launched in the US. The series has a first season comprising 20 episodes.
The executive producers are Sana Amanat, Sarah Amos, Joe Quesada, Shane Rahmani, Stephen Wacker, Liza Wyles, Maura Mandt and John Hirsch. Amos has said of the series: ‘Anyone can watch this show and feel like they can go out and do something. It helps families talk about difficult issues.’
The series chronicles young heroes who are making change in their communities by dedicating themselves in altruistic acts of kindness and bravery. Each of the children featured will receive the honour of having their own Marvel comic.
Marvel Entertainment said: ‘In life, it doesn’t take wearing a suit of iron, carrying a mythical hammer or swinging from spider webs to be a real hero. Sometimes the person who can make a positive difference in the world is the person who simply sees a problem and has the passion to find a creative solution.’
Cast and characters
People in Marvel’s Hero Project include:
- Jordan Reeves
- Elijah Lee
- Adonis Watt
- Hailey Richman
- Rebekah Bruesehoff
- Jahkil Naeem Jackson
- Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer
- Braden Baker
- Jayera Griffin
- Sidney Keyes
Episode One – Sensational Jordan
Jordan Reeves was born with a left arm that stopped growing at the elbow. She created a prosthetic arm which can shoot glitter. She has carried out support activities for people with disabilities and co-founded an organisation called Born Just Right.
Episode Two – Incredible Elijah
When 11 year old Elijah Lee heard his friend was being abused by her parents, he told her to get help. He began educating himself on child abuse and hosted sermons and organised child abuse awareness marches to spread the word.
Episode Three – Unstoppable Adonis
Adonis Watt has a sports oriented family, but lost his ability to see after suffering from congenital glaucoma aged five. His dreams of becoming a football player were ruined, but he became a nationwide name after scoring two touchdowns as his team’s running back in 2018.
Episode Four – Here Comes Hailey
Hailey Richman created Puzzle Time, a volunteer group which unites kids and Alzheimer’s patients with puzzles. The 12 year old wanted to make a difference after seeing her grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Episode Five – Mighty Rebekah
Rebekah transitioned aged 8 with the support of her parents. Now 12, she became actively involved in LGBTQ after the Trump administration revealed a tough stance against rights for trans students.
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