Marvel Releasing Documentary About Mark Millar's CIVIL WAR From Award Winning Filmmaker

Marvel have announced plans for a new documentary series called Tales to Astonish, and the first will focus on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War. The likes of Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg will also contribute to them, and you can see the trailer right here!

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By Josh Wilding - 3/9/2014
At the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas today, Marvel announced plans for a new video series called Marvel's Tales to Astonish, a series of 13 minute documentaries about some of their most famous stories. The first will focus on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War, and it will be helmed by Eric Drath, a filmmaker who won an Emmy for the 2008 HBO boxing documentary Assault in the Ring. "To him, ["Civil War"] was interesting, because you had two of Marvel's most major characters squaring off against each other," John Cerilli, Marvel's vice president of digital content and programming said. "All of us who grew up reading comic books, especially Marvel, we all know that our heroes beat the crap out of each other. But this was interesting to him, and one of the things that led him into this. We started telling him more about the story, and why they were squaring off against each other, and the concept of what the Superhuman Registration Act really meant to the real world that we live in." Interviewees include Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg, Brian Michael Bendis and Stan Lee, along with news personalities Tucker Carlson, Chris Hayes and Curtis Sliwa. No release date has been announced.



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DrDoom - 3/9/2014, 1:01 PM
meh

civil war is silly
DEVLIN712 - 3/9/2014, 1:01 PM
This sounds great. Look forward to watching it
Interestein - 3/9/2014, 1:02 PM
Coo
Pheezmatic - 3/9/2014, 1:03 PM
[frick]in Curtis Sliwa lol




media whore.
Knightrider - 3/9/2014, 1:07 PM
@Doom Agreed. A great concept, but not executed all that well. Characters acted out of character for the sake of the story. Despite not maybe wanting too, Tony's team was defo painted as the villains, where a situation like this isn't so black and white. They never really focused on the good or bad sides of the registration act, it just became an excuse for hero vs hero fighting.
charlie2094 - 3/9/2014, 1:09 PM
Awesome, loved Civil War, thought it was a great idea executed pretty well...wouldn't be surprised to see some version of it on screen
Pheezmatic - 3/9/2014, 1:10 PM
I like the idea of these short docs though that analyze some of Marvel's best stories. Great way to educate the GA about Marvel comic stories from the past.
Amazing512 - 3/9/2014, 1:13 PM
@Doom. You officially no longer have say in anything ever again.
KidGoku - 3/9/2014, 1:13 PM
I feel that Civil War deserves an animated treatment.
Maestro - 3/9/2014, 1:14 PM
Awesome. Loved civil war. Though House of M is my personal favorite.

Also, Stark was right. Cap was wrong.
Amazing512 - 3/9/2014, 1:14 PM
Easily one of the best comic book storylines EVER produced. This should be pretty cool.
CrimsonFlash - 3/9/2014, 1:16 PM
DD giving tony the 30 pieces of silver was awesome
Pheezmatic - 3/9/2014, 1:17 PM
@ShadowPimp lol something like that....he started the whole Guardian Angels in NYC back in the 80's. Basically he thought he was the celebrity version of batman. Half of the Guardian Angels were barely reformed criminals anyway who were just trying to get paid for street fighting. Supposedly he was also affiliated with the Mob in some way lol. Since then he's just been trying to get on every talk show and book every interview he can just to argue with someone lol.
Maestro - 3/9/2014, 1:17 PM
In MY opinion, that isn't a factual statement.



@spideyboy

it does! I feel this, and house of M deserve animated treatment. People say DC always kills Marvell in animated films. Well that's because they turn their best stories into animation, red hood, JL DOOM, all star superman, Flashpoint, etc. Imagine if Marvel did the same with Civil War, Secret Invasion, House of M, etc. I honestly don't know why they don't.
ATrueHero1987 - 3/9/2014, 1:18 PM
Good that they're doing a documentary on this but bad because this will just boost Millar's ego.lol
marvel72 - 3/9/2014, 1:18 PM
i actually enjoyed civil war,if only all the marvel characters were owned by marvel studios.
beane2099 - 3/9/2014, 1:18 PM
And thus began the yearly event.
Omarvls - 3/9/2014, 1:20 PM
Marvel rules
Civil War
PHASE 3
JoshWilding - 3/9/2014, 1:21 PM
Nearly eight years later and it's STILL Marvel's best event book. By far.
GliderMan - 3/9/2014, 1:22 PM
This will not be interesting.
JorEllinator - 3/9/2014, 1:22 PM
It was absolute shit. Cap was written terribly. The rules were inconsistent, fricking awful.
marvel72 - 3/9/2014, 1:24 PM
"Marvel announced plans for a new video series called Marvel's Tales to Astonish, a series of 13 minute documentaries about some of their most famous stories. The first will focus on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War"

others i think will be featured in the series.

-kree & skrull war
-death of gwen stacey
-the dark phoenix saga
-the infinity gauntlet
-the winter soldier
-annihilation
-wolverine old man logan
MrNiklander - 3/9/2014, 1:24 PM
I hated Civil War Reed Richards Spiderman doing stuff out of character AND if MARVEL makes it a movie they are dead to me
Pheezmatic - 3/9/2014, 1:24 PM
@shadowpimp yea and he used to fake getting kidnapped so that the public and media would keep him relevant. A real character. lol
beane2099 - 3/9/2014, 1:26 PM
I agree with some other folks here. In Civil War a lot of characters acted very out of character. This too became an ongoing tradition in Marvel events. "Captain America is going to hate mutants in this story." "But he's never hated mutants before. Why does he suddenly hate them now." "I want to tell a story where Captain America hates mutants." "Well alright then."

One of the few exceptions in all of that would be Norman Osborn. But I would credit that more to Warren Ellis' work on Thunderbolts which lead to Osborn being used in Secret Invasion in the first place.
JorEllinator - 3/9/2014, 1:27 PM
@marvel72
I hope they do "The Night Gwen Stacy Died", but they probably won't say any of the bullshit Stan Lee pulled.
MercwithMouth - 3/9/2014, 1:28 PM
Sounds pretty friggin awesome to me! Quit your whining guys...
JorEllinator - 3/9/2014, 1:30 PM
@MercwithMouth
Maybe some of us don't want to see a shitty story be hailed as the greatest story ever told as we know it will be.
Pheezmatic - 3/9/2014, 1:33 PM
^ lmao Imagine Marvel starting conquering all these different genres of media? lol

Marvel takes over social docs

Marvel takes over found footage movies.

Marvel takes over reality Tv.

Marvel takes over professional sports..lol

....Ahhhh....Murica.
MercwithMouth - 3/9/2014, 1:34 PM
Blah blah blah...

They're using this story, not that story...

They're hyping their product. What's new about this? It's why movies release behind the scenes stuff, making of...Documentaries. It's normal.
UltimateHunt - 3/9/2014, 1:40 PM
Awesome news Marvel
marvel72 - 3/9/2014, 1:41 PM
@ JorEllinator

fantastic story & art,also wouldn't mind them doing something on kravens last hunt.
JorEllinator - 3/9/2014, 1:45 PM
@marvel72
Yeah, Kraven's Last Hunt would be great! I'd also like to see the Hobgoblin saga.
19TheWebbedWonder62 - 3/9/2014, 1:45 PM
@ marvel72

There probably also gonna do amazing spider-man's dying wish
Maestro - 3/9/2014, 1:45 PM
@jorell

How was Cap terribly written? That's CAP at his core. And Civil War simply did a fantastic job of showing how naive his character can truly be. Just because he was put in a situation that made him react in a way you don't agree with, doesn't mean it isn't the appropriate way he should be portrayed.
SageMode - 3/9/2014, 1:47 PM
Civil War was a really good read that was executed very well. Just wasn't too fond of how Millar wrote Cap in certain points.
Jollem - 3/9/2014, 1:50 PM
fun fact: millar was sick for some time when he was writing civil war. he was further besickened by watching the jakovasaurs episode of south park during the birthing part
Jollem - 3/9/2014, 1:51 PM
millar kicks ass and civil war is probably my last favorite "event" that marvel has done
SageMode - 3/9/2014, 1:52 PM
Within recent years, other than Infinity, the Black Panther tie-in to the Secret Invasion storyline was badass and really showed you why you don't [frick] with the nation of Wakanda.
SageMode - 3/9/2014, 1:53 PM
And the whole Annihilation-Thanos Imperative was awesome also.
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