While Marvel certainly has big-screen dominance and more than its share of television series in the works, it looks like the company will be taking a new route to draw in some viewers – a documentary series. This series won’t just be a look at the making of their various films, however, but will be an honest-to-goodness examination of some of the epic and legendary comic events they’ve produced over the years. Entitled Tales to Astonish, this set of short documentaries will look into Marvel’s history and should prove to be a fun ride for the serious comic book geeks.
The project was first announced at SXSW this last weekend and, according to the words of the powers-that-be:
“We’ve [published] some amazing stories over the years, and there are a lot of metaphors in the stories that we’ve told over the years. Marvel has been at the forefront of some pretty groundbreaking endeavors. We just want the world to know that — yes, we do tell great stories, and they happen to be superheroes, but there’s a lot more involved.”
The first in the set will be Tales to Astonish: Civil War. For those that don’t know (shame on you!), Civil War was a 2006-07 cross-series event that had the majority of Marvel’s heroes and villains taking sides against each other in the wake of a “Superhuman Registration Act”. Filled with social commentary, it is regarded by many to be one of the best cross-title stories in recent Marvel history. Eric Drath, an accomplished documentary director, will be in charge of the first installment.
In addition to dealing with the exploration of the material, Marvel will be bringing in some interviews with both creators and modern-day staples of the Marvel community such as actor Clark Gregg, director Joss Whedon, the almighty Stan Lee and more.
No word on exactly when the shorts will begin airing, but you can check out the trailer for the first installment below.
Personally, I’m pretty excited to see what they put together. What say thee, Nerd Readers? Does this look like something that will draw you in?
Thanks to Comic Book Resources for the heads-up.