Marvel and Disney once again team up to spotlight a kid who is doing extraordinary things in their documentary series the Marvel Hero Project. This week, we meet Daniella, a young girl from California who helps the less fortunate by building houses in Mexico.
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorite original series on Disney Plus. I’m a huge fan of documentaries and the style in which they tell stories. Mix that in with Disney’s ability to tell a feel good story and Marvel’s illustration platform and you’ve got something special.
Every child that is being featured on Marvel Hero Project is worthy of the spotlight and Daniella is no different. In a world where there is crime and corruption, seemingly, everywhere, it’s nice to put a positive story out there for the world. And, if these kids can inspire other kids to start giving back in extraordinary ways, this world will be a better place.
This series is an easy target for criticism. Opponents will tell you this is just a public relations ploy by Disney and Marvel. And, the critics aren’t wrong. Disney has had an unlimited amount of bad press over the years for some of its tactics and much of that has been warranted. This series is a way to show off that Disney and Marvel are doing some good. It’s a simple way to get good press and I can’t deny it. I, also, can’t deny that it works.
Despite those irrefutable criticisms, I can’t fault this show too much. It’s spotlighting people who rarely get the spotlight but absolutely deserve it. I, once, read an article focused on WWE’s working relationship with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The author pointed out that despite the flaws of both WWE and the Komen Foundation, he found it impossible to not praise the cancer survivors that were highlighted. I feel the same about the kids highlighted in this series. Regardless of any bad press Disney or Marvel has had or how much the companies may have deserved it, I love seeing these kids recognized and that will never change.
The only complaint I have is that I have to be in the right mood to watch this show. My wife described it to me as “feel good to the max” and she’s right. I, honestly, need to have seen so many bad things that I need a pick me up to watch this show. And, given I have two sons on the autism spectrum, one whose nonverbal, there are a lot of days I need a pick me up.
Show rating: 4 stars
Episode rating: 4 stars
What do you think of Marvel Hero Project?