Watch: Marvel Studios' Special 'Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!'
by Ethan Anderton
November 5, 2014
Following the teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and a special sneak preview of the sequel with everyone in the superhero assembly trying to pick up Thor's hammer, Marvel Studios decided to take a look back at the history that brought us to this point of pop culture dominance. Last night, ABC aired a TV special called "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!" that reaches back decades to chronicle the comic book history that laid the groundwork for what would become a multi-billion cinematic universe that now spans television, video games, toys, more comic books and tons more. Now you can watch the full special online, with some cool sneak peeks of what's coming, provided that you have a cable subscription. Watch!
Click the image below to watch the special "Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!" from ABC:
Here's the official synopsis of the special so you know what you're getting into:
The special takes a look at Marvel’s roots, beginning in 1939 as Timely Comics with Martin Goodman and Stan Lee emerging as key figures in Marvel’s history in the 1940s along with the creation of Captain America, the impact of World War II and the decline of super hero stories and the subsequent downfall of the comic book industry in the 1950s. After a decade of decline, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the modern super hero team in 1961 with the Fantastic Four, helping to bring back superhero stories and ushering in “The Marvel Age,” which saw the creation of the Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men and Spider-Man. A shift in the character paradigm in the 1970s also brought culturally relevant characters such as the Black Panther, Falcon, Black Widow, Luke Cage and Ms. Marvel to the forefront . But the mid-1990s were not so kind to Marvel as the company fell into bankruptcy. However, a new batch of creative visionaries brought about a modern day renaissance, revitalizing publishing. Soon after Marvel saw its characters and stories take over the silver screen, and Marvel Studios was born, leading into today’s successes on the big screen and television.
Marvel Studios has become a behemoth of film franchises, and their latest unveiling of the projects they have planned for Phase Three of their cinematic universe shows that they don't intend to slow down anytime soon. They'll undoubtedly continue their success next year with The Avengers: Age of Ultron arriving on May 1st, 2015 and then Ant-Man will follow shortly thereafter on July 17th, 2015. And then it's a long wait until we see the entire universe get shaken up by Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, 2016, and who knows what the state of our heroes will be in after that happens. Stay tuned.