‘Marvel’s Behind the Mask’ Tells Origin Story of Comic Book Artists Exploring Identity

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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The trailer for the upcoming Disney+ documentary Marvel’s Behind the Mask dropped yesterday (Feb. 2) and fans of the superhero genre are going to want to check it out. The film features comic book artists–including Latinos–who created some of the most well-known characters in the Marvel Universe like Spider-man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America.

Speaking first during the preview is Cuban American comic book artist and the executive vice president and creative director at Marvel, Joe Quesada. He tells viewers what one of the first questions he asked comic legend Stan Lee when he started working at Marvel. “I asked…how do you create the perfect Marvel character?”

Lee told him that a character was more than just a “red and blue suit jumping off a building.” It was about the person who becomes the hero. “You look at any great Marvel story, I don’t care who the character is or what the team is, it’s always a great story about the person behind the mask.”

Marvel’s Behind the Mask also teases an interview with gay Latino comic book artist Ivan Velez Jr., who created the comic book Tales of the Closet. The story follows the students of a high school in Queens who unite together to form a team despite their differences.

“Being a gay youth, comics were a great place to hide,” Velez Jr. says in the trailer. “For the first time you kind of felt like we were part of the story.”

Marvel’s Behind the Mask will premiere on Disney+ Feb. 12.