By Stephen Ippolito | May 17th, 2021
Today author Tara Bennett announced that she along with Paul Terry have a book coming out that promises to give you “the definitive story of how Marvel Studios created the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Officially titled The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the 512-page book will arrive on October 19th, 2021.
Here’s a little snippet from the press release that gives more details about the book.
“The Story of Marvel Studios is the first-ever, fully authorized, all-access history of Marvel Studios’ creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as told by the producers, writers, directors, concept artists, VFX artists, cast, and crew who brought it to life. Year-by-year, project-by-project, the studio’s founding and meteoric growth are described through detailed personal stories, anecdotes, and remembrances of noteworthy challenges, breakthrough milestones, and history-making successes.”
“Together, these stories reveal how each of the films evolved into one ongoing cinematic narrative, as coauthors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry chart the complete production history of The Infinity Saga’s 23 movies (from 2008’s Iron Man all the way up to, and including, 2019’s Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home). Bennett and Terry were granted unprecedented access to Marvel Studios, which led to this years-in-the-making tome containing personal stories from more than 200 interviews, including every Marvel Studios producer; MCU writers and directors; the stars of The Infinity Saga; concept artists, costume designers, composers, and the talents behind the MCU’s dazzling visual effects; and more.”
The release also says that the book will have a Foward written by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and that Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., will write an Afterward.
Personally, I can’t wait for this. I love reading about what really went on behind the scenes during famous productions. Some of the things I hope we find out about are other castings that were considered, creative disagreements between executives, and more details of Feige’s dealing with Marvel Entertainment Chairman Isaac Perlmutter. Since Perlmutter is still technically with the company, I have a feeling that he will not be brought up.
The only downside about the book is its $150 price tag. However, that still didn’t prevent me from pre-ordering it.