Updated: Apr 19, 2019
The much anticipated follow-up to 2018's award-winning podcast Wolverine: Long Night dropped its first episode on March 25th 2019. The sequel series titled Wolverine: The Lost Trail will include 10 episodes that will air weekly only on Stitcher Premium; each episode's run time is approximately 30 minutes. Stitcher Premium's subscription fee is $4.99 monthly with all the episodes being commercial-free. If you don't want to pay for Stitcher, there will be a wider release coming later in the year.
Season one Wolverine: The Long Night first aired on Stitcher March 12, 2018, and was immediately gaining praise for its incredible voice acting and production, as well as its story-telling and writing. The Long Night has an amazing cast that includes: Richard Armitage as Wolverine, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Agent Sally Pierce, her brother Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Deputy Bobby Reid, Ato Essandoh as Agent Tad Marshall, Scott Adist as Sheriff Ridge, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Nicholas Prophet, and Bob Balabar as Joseph Langrock. Many of you might remember Richard Armitage from 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where he played Thorin.
The Long Night is a thrilling journey into mysterious Burns, Alaska where Agents Pierce and Marshall are investigating the murder of an entire crew of crab fishermen, where the men were cut to pieces. Their investigation only gets stranger as more and more bodies stack up from "bear attacks", and inevitably Logan is somehow involved. After leaving New Orleans to escape, and disappear and try to get his head right in Burns, Logan feels he's being hunted and he's done hiding. From beginning to end, this podcast will have you on the edge of your seat trying to solve the murders and figure out how Logan is connected.
Marvel had previously done some other audio-only formats in 1974, with a Fantastic Four radio series and a Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero concept album, neither of which really ever gained much popularity among comic book fans. Long Night on the other hand had comic book fans really loving it, feeling that this version of Wolverine really hit home with them. Not only was it a hit with fans, it was dubbed one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Apple, as well as winning iHeartRadio Awards' "Best Scripted Podcast" trophy.
Returning for season two, Wolverine: The Lost Trail is written by Ben Perry, with director Brendan Baker, sound designer Chloe Prasinos, and producers Daniel Fink, Jenny Radelet Mast, and Chloe Wilson. Wolverine: The Lost Trail will put Logan more into the forefront of the story, whereas in The Long Night he was more in the shadows and you would find out bits and pieces of information involving him. Richard Armitage was even at a press event where he stated, "I didn't realize how I sort of dipped in and out of last season." From what I can gather, that definitely won't be the case this season.
Marvel.com has described season two as "Marvel's Wolverine: The Lost Trail is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana Bayou. Following the events of Wolverine: The Long Night, Logan returns to new Orleans in search of redemption, only to discover that his ex-lover, Maureen, is nowhere to be found. Dozens of humans and mutants have gone missing, including the mother of a teenage boy, Marcus Baptiste. With Weapon X in close pursuit, Logan and Marcus must team up and follow a trail of clues that leads them deep into the gothic heart of the bayou, where they encounter biker gangs, Cajun thieves, and a world of wonders that defies explanation. It is here that they find Greenhaven - a refuge run by a powerful mutant named Jason Wyngarde."
With this new season comes a new cast of characters including Bill Irwin as Jason Wingarde/Mastermind, Bill Heck as Remy LeBeau/Gambit, Blair Brown as Bonnie Roach, Rachel Holmes as Maureen, and Rodney Henry as Marcus Baptiste. These new actors will undoubtedly bring these characters to life in what is sure to be one epic adventure.