Assembling a universe, Marvel style

Published: February 27, 2014, 1:30 pm, by Bill Radford

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While this could largely be Marvel patting itself on its back, this still sounds interesting: There’s a TV special airing March 18 on ABC documenting the story of Marvel Studios and its creation of a “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” While some of Marvel Comics’ properties, like the X-Men and Spider-Man, are still in the hands of other studios, Marvel Studios has done a great job of weaving together a cohesive and growing universe with its remaining properties. For us comic book fans who are long used to one hero dropping in on another hero’s book, it’s been fun to see this cohesiveness on the big screen, too.

Here’s the Marvel announcement:

Join stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, celebrity fans, filmmakers and pop culture icons for a world premiere primetime event on TUESDAY, MARCH 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 Marvel Studios has pioneered and broken box-office records around the world, creating a cinematic universe unlike any other in pop culture history through its blockbuster films. Beginning with “Iron Man” in 2008 and continuing today through “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC and the theatrical release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this April, the Marvel Cinematic Universe presents audiences with some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic storytelling that brings an unprecedented vision to the world of entertainment.   

 In this exclusive primetime documentary special, audiences will be taken further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than ever before, offering viewers a front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe by Marvel Television.

 Marvel’s first television special documents the exciting story behind Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from all of the Marvel films, the Marvel One-Shots and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Viewers will walk a clear path through this amazing and nuanced universe, featuring sneak peeks at the future of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC, new footage from Marvel Studios upcoming theatrical releases, “Captain America: The Winter Solider” and “Guardians of The Galaxy,” and a sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

 “Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe.” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.