Buried at the bottom of a Marvel press release was the promise of something potentially amazing. Could we be seeing The Avengers: Age of Ultron footage as early as next month? First, there was this Tweet:

That teased an ABC television special that Marvel says will showcase stars from the MCU, celebrity fans, filmmakers and more as they trace the legacy of these movies from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man all the way up to April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There will be an emphasis on the Marvel One-Shot short films, the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and – brace for it – "new footage" from Guardians of the Galaxy and "a sneak peek" at Age of Ultron.

My Lord.

In case you are about to argue that it is way too soon for Marvel to have any Avengers footage, and that Joss Whedon has only just begun filming his massively anticipated sequel, I’ll remind you that Guardians had only been in production a few days when James Gunn flew to San Diego to show off a sizzle reel at Comic-Con. The bulk of that reel made up the amazing trailer that you all watched the other day.

On top of that, we have been covering Whedon’s South African Avengers shots, so there’s a distinct possibility that the Hulk rampage that has been captured on Instagram accounts around the globe could be cut and polished for use in this ABC special.

This is synergy, at its peak. Marvel and ABC fall under the much larger Disney umbrella, and if the parent company wants to use its television arm to help promote the film side of the company, it strikes us as a win-win. It’s not that original, either. Star Wars used to host various television sidebar components. Whatever you can do to further the brand, right?

The Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe special will air on ABC on March 18. Will you DVR it, hoping to see new Avengers and Guardians footage?

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