We're all pumped for the release of Marvel's The Avengers on Blu-ray next month, not just because we'll get to see the movie again, but because of all that beautiful bonus footage. Among the special features is a documentary on how Marvel pulled off its cinematic chronicle of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and we've just seen 25 minutes of it.
Titled "Building a Cinematic Universe," the 90-minute documentary covers everything from the origins of the Avengers characters in Marvel Comics to how producer Kevin Feige and his team at Marvel Studios set out to build an ambitious big-screen world through a series of standalone films before incorporating them all into one tentpole blockbuster. It incorporates interviews with the stars, creators and producers, behind-the-scenes footage from throughout Marvel's "Phase One" films and snippets of panels from San Diego Comic-Con dating back six years.
Though it does include a lot of (predictable and not entirely unwarranted) moments of semi-self-congratulation from the Marvel crew, there are some fascinating elements to this thing. The late Joe Simon, who co-created Captain America way back in 1941, makes an appearance to talk about how the character came to be, and of course Stan "The Man" Lee is around to talk about the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics. Then there's writer/director Joss Whedon and Feige talking about how the decision was made to get Hawkeye in on these movies, and fascinating Comic-Con moments that reveal just how long ago Feige was laying the groundwork for this flick.
Check out the two clips, adding up to a bit more than 25 minutes of footage, below. The Avengers hits Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 25.
(Via Comic Book Movie)