With Captain America: The Winter Soldier not too far away, Disney and their TV network ABC are turning up the hype machine on their Marvel universe with a new one-hour special chronicling how the box office giant franchise and integrated cinematic comic book universe came to be.
ABC has announced a one-hour primetime special called “Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,” which will take a deeper look at how the unprecedented cinematic comic book universe was planned, and how it has turned into a pop culture phenomenal. The special will air Tuesday, March 19th at 8pm ET, in place of an episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
The special will begin with the feature film Iron Man in 2008 and move all the way up through ABC’s freshman series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and April’s release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In addition, fans will be rewarded with some sort of sneak peek at the forthcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, not to mention snippets from Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Maybe Edgar Wright’s developing Ant-Man will get a brief reference too, even though that film’s 2015 release is still pretty far out.
You can certainly expect interviews with many of the cast members involved in Marvel’s cinematic exploits, and you can be sure director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will pop up to talk about their part in the studio’s continued journey on the big screen. Plus, celebrity fans, filmmakers and pop culture icons will also appear to talk about their love of Marvel. This sounds like a lot of fun, so remember to set your DVRs to check it out.
We’re wondering why Marvel has chosen to do this TV special now as opposed to before any of their other Marvel releases. It would seem to imply that maybe Captain America: The Winter Soldier will shake things up so much that there’s a big shift coming in the Marvel universe, especially since the sequel has been said to also have a big impact on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” We’ll just have to wait and see what kind of goodies get revealed in March.
And if you’re interested in Marvel’s other TV exploits at Netflix, check out this press conference announcing that Drew Goddard’s “Daredevil” and all of the other new TV series (culminating with the ensemble series “The Defenders”) will be shot in New York City:
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