Since 2008, Marvel Studios has been on the top of Hollywood. It’s strange to think, but back then, studio executives and film pundits were unsure if the original Iron Man movie was going to be successful. Iron Man and Tony Stark weren’t household names the way Batman or Spider-Man were, and the idea that five standalone superhero movies would build toward one big epic movie with The Avengers was just absurd. Now that we’re firmly in Phase Two of Marvel’s movie empire, and a new TV special will give viewers an inside look at what’s in store for fans in the upcoming years, including new footage from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe is a one-hour TV special that will take viewers behind the curtain at Marvel Studios. The special will air on ABC this March and will feature “a front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe.” During the TV special audiences will be treated to a sneak peek at three upcoming Marvel movies, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Considering Guardians is Marvel’s riskiest film since the first Iron Man movie back in 2008, it seems like a good idea to use the special to introduce audiences to the cosmic team of bandits and outlaws. After all, there’s a lot of new names to meet, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot, as well as the film’s villains Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, and the Collector.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see more than just the trailer, which is one of the most popular movie trailers on the Internet at the moment. With a Guardians animated series rumored to be in the works for Disney XD and more movie footage due to screen in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe TV special is a great excuse to shine even more of a spotlight on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Considering the TV special’s time slot, it will most likely also feature what’s to come on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has found moderate success but hasn’t reached expectations. With the announcement that Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist TV shows on Netflix will all be shooting in New York City later this year, Marvel Studios has been doing a better job expanding its universe than its rivals at Warner Bros. and DC Comics Entertainment.
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will air on Tuesday, March 18 at 8pm EST on ABC, while Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters everywhere on August 1.