While Marvel Comics first thought to bring superhero characters together as a team all the way back in the early 1960s, it took much, much longer for Hollywood to catch on to the concept. Of course, that all began to change in 2008 when the end credits of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man featured a post-credits sequence introducing Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury – a man looking to put a special team together.

In the six years since that initial blockbuster, the studio has worked to create a unique franchise known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a franchise built out of multiple comic book-based franchises all housed under one roof – and after a string of box office hits and critical darlings Marvel is now considered king of the comic book movie world. Their success has been so great, in fact, that it’s earned it’s very own special on ABC.

Later tonight the network will debut Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, an hour long inside look behind everything that the comic book company has been working both in the last six years and in the future. We were fortunate enough to get an early look at the special, so read on to find out what you can expect!

Most Of It Is Covering The Old Stuff
Marvel Studios is a company that loves to keep secrets about its upcoming projects while also pointing to their past successes, so it should be of little surprise that most of Assembling A Universe examines the already-finished projects that the studio has made, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.

It’s true that this will probably make the program a little less stimulating for fans who obsess and analyze every bit of news that comes out about Marvel, but as one of those fans I can also promise you that you’ll probably still learn something new (I personally didn’t know the funny story of how Marvel first approached Clark Gregg about how he was going to die in The Avengers, but now I do!). Some films definitely get more attention than others, with the first Iron Man and The Avengers dominating most of the screentime, but it works and is understandable given how important both of those projects were for the studio.

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