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“It’s Stan Lee‘s World of Heroes, we’re all just living in it.” – Peter David
Stan Lee may be the hardest working man in media. After seeing in both in L.A. and while presenting “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes”, I’m convinced his chest contains some sort of Infinity Gem. Based on his enthusiasm Stan seems to have willed his new YouTube Channel in to our computers without need of Internet.
That having been said, this project seems more ambitious and to have more credibility than many of his recent endeavors. Once again Stan is delegating much of the creative input to a high profile cast and collaborators, including Mark Hamill (an unnamed podcast), Peter David (the unfinished but scripted cartoon “Head Cases”), Adrianne Curry (reality show “Superfans”), America Young (live action scripted comedy “Geek Therapy”), and Bonnie Burton (“Geek DIY – ’nuff said).
The programming of “World of Heroes” seems designed to appeal to both hardcore fanboys and casual viewers without watering down the overall content, which is why this channel may actually succeed. Professional stuntwoman America Young offers the “I’m OK, You’re OK” approach with “Geek Therapy”, doling out advice to characters attempting to adjust to the world of Geek culture. Bonnie Burton, author of “Star Wars Craft Book” uses her skills to demonstrate self-made Geek paraphernalia. We didn’t get much actual content from Mark Hamill (other than his express desire to play the Joker in a “Killing Joke” feature) or Peter David (other than him nearly reciting his entire first script).
For those on the outside or fringes of Fanboy culture newly christened nerd Adrianne Curry travels the country to expose extreme fans of genre on their home turf, while Stan himself co-hosts (with THE David Hasselhoff) a more realized, though recycled version of his “Who Wants to be a Superhero” show with “Academy of Heroes”. There were brief glimpses of other shows like the animated superhero comedy shorts called “Bad Days” and the obligatory cheesecake feature “Super. Model.”. (It’s exactly what it sounds like), so it’s obvious that ancillary content is still under construction.
Overall, “World of Heroes” is a more diverse and possibly more accessible channel than it’s competitors “Geek and Sundry” and the “Nerdist Channel”, but since it skirts the line between credibility and pandering, only time will tell which direction it goes. Stan’s supporting cast will once again determine that.