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Marvel announces new video series: Tales To Astonish

March 11th, 2014 by Marc Comments

Marvel aims to educate, entertain and inform with new original video series…

Tales to Astonish: “Civil War” documents the creation and effect of this massive Marvel comic book event

Announced this year at SXSW’14, Marvel’s Tales to Astonish Film Series offers a deep dive into Marvel’s characters, comic series and storylines featuring interviews and commentary from creators closest to the material to major talent and thinkers inspired by it and it all begins with an original, live-action, 13-minute documentary short – Marvel’s Tales to Astonish: “Civil War”.

In 2006, the breakout comic series, “Civil War” created a schism in the Marvel Universe pitting two of its greatest heroes, Iron Man and Captain America, against each other at the crossroads of identity, security and what it means to be a hero. Iron Man would ultimately prevail, but left in the dust of this great battle would be bigger questions of civil liberties, freedom and the responsibilities that go along with great power.

John Cerilli, VP, Content & Programming Digital Media tells Marvel, “When we started making this first Tales to Astonish, we were focused on telling a great story about the underlying themes regarding privacy in Marvel’s Civil War — the brilliant Marvel comic series that was published in 2006. In the middle of making this film, the NSA scandal broke and suddenly we realized just how prophetic Civil War was…and still is!

Watch the teaser below for Marvel’s Tales to Astonish: “Civil War” and get a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of this “astonishing” documentary series.

Marvel’s Tales to Astonish: “Civil War” is directed by Emmy award-winning writer, producer and director as well as founder of Live Star Entertainment, Eric Drath. Drath’s Live Star Entertainment has produced a multitude of network programming and documentaries, including “Assault in the Ring” (HBO), “Renee” (ESPN), and “Pete Rose Here Now” (ESPN).

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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