Marvel Studios: Assembled
Marvel Studios Assembled logo.jpg
Genre
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • John Pisani
  • Jason Hillhouse
  • Charlie Visnic
Cinematography
  • Sean Ricigliano
  • Pete Chiaramonte
  • Anthony Rose
  • Bradley Hogan
  • Byron Werner
  • Zsolt Nagy
Editors
  • Meghan Leon
  • Brenton Covington
  • Amir Shoucri
  • Charlie Visnic
Running time41–66 minutes
Production companyMarvel Studios
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseMarch 12, 2021 (2021-03-12) –
present (present)
Chronology
RelatedMarvel Studios: Legends

Marvel Studios: Assembled is an American anthology television docuseries of specials created for the streaming service Disney+. Produced by Marvel Studios, each special goes behind-the-scenes of a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series or film in Phase Four with the creatives, exploring the process of creating each series or film.

The series was first announced in February 2021. Marvel Studios: Assembled premiered on March 12, 2021, with subsequent specials releasing shortly after a Disney+ series' completion or a film's Disney+ release. It received positive responses for showcasing how each project came together, particularly with the technical aspects and franchise connectivity.

Premise

The series goes behind-the-scenes of a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase Four television series or film with the creatives, exploring the process of creating each series or film.[1]

Background

Marvel Studios: Assembled was announced in February 2021 as a television documentary series of specials to go behind-the-scenes with an "in-depth examination" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series and films in the franchise's Phase Four slate of content. Each "making of" special follows the filmmakers and the cast and crew members during the production of each project, with exclusive on-set footage used to compile the specials in the series. Assembled was announced to premiere on March 12, 2021, with a special for WandaVision (2021), with specials for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), the first season of Loki (2021), and Hawkeye (2021), along with the film Black Widow (2021), also revealed.[1] Later in March, ahead of the premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, its special was revealed to release on April 30, 2021.[2][3] Shortly after the premiere of Loki in June, that series' special was revealed to release on July 21, 2021.[4] The first three specials debuted one week after the release of each series' finale.[5][3][4] In September 2021, the Black Widow special was revealed to be releasing on October 20, 2021, while a special for What If...? was announced for October 27.[6] In November, a special for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was announced to be releasing on November 12, 2021, to coincide with the Disney+ release of that film as part of the service's "Disney+ Day" celebration.[7]

In December 2021, it was announced that Hawkeye's special would be released on January 19, 2022,[8] though this was moved to February 9, 2022, in January 2022. At the same time, the special for Eternals (2021) was announced to be released on February 16.[9] In April 2022, a special for Moon Knight (2022) was revealed to be releasing on May 11, 2022,[10] ultimately releasing on May 25.[11] In June 2022, a special for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) was revealed to be releasing on July 1, 2022,[12] before being pushed back and releasing a week later on July 8.[13] In July, a special for Ms. Marvel (2022) was revealed to be releasing on August 3, 2022.[14] The following month, it was announced that the special for Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) would be released on September 8, 2022, for Disney+ Day.[15] In October, a special for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022) was revealed to be releasing on November 3, 2022.[16] In January 2023, a special for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) was revealed to be releasing on February 8.[17]

Commentators called Assembled a companion series to fellow Marvel Studios docuseries Marvel Studios: Legends, which releases before a series or film to help inform viewers about relevant events to that series or film,[18][19] while Hoai-Tran Bui and Ethan Anderton of /Film, and ComicBook.com's Charlie Ridgley each noted the similarities to the Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian documentary series for the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian.[18][5][20] Ridgley and Matt Miller at Game Informer noted Assembled allowed Marvel Studios to provide more insight on how their content is produced and answer questions audiences may have regarding them.[20][21] David Wolinsky of GameSpot felt Assembled was a "promising follow-up" to Marvel's Behind the Mask (2021), a fellow documentary series that showcased the inspiration behind Marvel's comic book heroes.[22]

Specials

List of Marvel Studios: Assembled specials
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [a]
1"The Making of WandaVision "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonMarch 12, 2021 (2021-03-12)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of WandaVision, with head writer Jac Schaeffer, series director Matt Shakman, stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Debra Jo Rupp, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, and Evan Peters, theme song composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the classic sitcoms that inspired the series, how the crew emulated the production processes of early sitcoms, and the experience of filming in front of a live studio audience for the first episode, "Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience".
2"The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonApril 30, 2021 (2021-04-30)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, with head writer Malcolm Spellman, series director Kari Skogland, stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Don Cheadle, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Florence Kasumba, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Clé Bennett, executive producer Nate Moore, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the importance of exploring racism within the narrative, as well as the series' action scenes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the production of the series.
3"The Making of Loki "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonJuly 21, 2021 (2021-07-21)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Loki, with head writer Michael Waldron, series director Kate Herron, stars Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, DeObia Oparei, Richard E. Grant, and Jonathan Majors, executive producer Stephen Broussard, and additional creatives. Discussion includes Hiddleston's history with the title character and the casting of other main characters as well as the design and filming of each episode.
4"The Making of Black Widow "Bradford BaruhBrenton CovingtonOctober 20, 2021 (2021-10-20)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Black Widow with director Cate Shortland, several producers, and the cast members including Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, and more. Discussion includes the journey of Black Widow in the MCU.
5"The Making of What If...? "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonOctober 27, 2021 (2021-10-27)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of What If...? with creator A. C. Bradley, director Bryan Andrews, animator Stephan Franck, the producers, and actor Jeffrey Wright. Discussion includes the idea of What If...?, the creation, the animating of the show, and the casting.
6"The Making of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings "Bradford BaruhAmir Shoucri and Jason HillhouseNovember 12, 2021 (2021-11-12)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with director Destin Daniel Cretton, several producers, and the cast members including Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, Tony Leung, Benedict Wong and more. Discussion includes the introduction of a Chinese character into the MCU and examining aspects of the filming process.
7"The Making of Hawkeye "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonFebruary 9, 2022 (2022-02-09)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Hawkeye, with series directors Rhys Thomas and Bert & Bertie, stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Tony Dalton, Fra Fee, Aleks Paunovic, Piotr Adamczyk, Vera Farmiga, Alaqua Cox, Florence Pugh, Vincent D'Onofrio, Carlos Navarro, Clayton English, Adelle Drahos, and Adetinpo Thomas, the producers, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the creation of the Broadway-style musical number "Save the City" and the reintroduction of D'Onofrio as Kingpin.
8"The Making of Eternals "Bradley HoganCharlie VisnicFebruary 16, 2022 (2022-02-16)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Eternals with director Chloé Zhao, several producers, and the cast members Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington. Discussion includes the set design, the costume design, the difficulties and benefits of shooting on location, and the diversity of the cast.
9"The Making of Moon Knight "Bradford BaruhAmir Shoucri and Jason HillhouseMay 25, 2022 (2022-05-25)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Moon Knight with series directors Mohamed Diab, Aaron Moorhead, and Justin Benson, stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke, May Calamawy, Karim El Hakim, and Antonia Salib, the producers, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the depiction of dissociative identity disorder, the creation of the Egyptian sets, and the difficulties of Isaac playing against himself.
10"The Making of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness "Bradford BaruhSteve ElkinsJuly 8, 2022 (2022-07-08)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with director Sam Raimi, writer Michael Waldron, several producers, and the cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochitl Gomez, and Bruce Campbell. Discussion includes continuing Stephen Strange's story post-Endgame, the set design, introducing the multiverse, America Chavez and the Illuminati, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the writing and production of the film.
11"The Making of Ms. Marvel "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonAugust 3, 2022 (2022-08-03)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Ms. Marvel with head writer Bisha K. Ali, character creator Sana Amanat, the series' directors, stars Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Rish Shah, Nimra Bucha, Farhan Akhtar, and Aramis Knight, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the parallels between actress Iman Vellani and her character Kamala Khan, the importance of Kamala's family and friends within the series, the Order of the Red Dagger, AvengerCon, recreating Karachi on location in Thailand, and bringing the real-life event of the Partition of India into the story.
12"The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder "Bradford BaruhBrandon Bestenheider and Brenton CovingtonSeptember 8, 2022 (2022-09-08)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of Thor: Love and Thunder with director and actor Taika Waititi, co-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, cast members Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale, and additional creatives. Discussion includes the challenges involved in taking Thor in new directions in a fourth film, reintroducing Portman into the franchise, shooting at the Volume, adapting children's drawings for the monster design, Russell Crowe's role as Zeus, and the weapon prop design.
13"The Making of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law "Bradford BaruhMeghan LeonNovember 3, 2022 (2022-11-03)
The special goes behind the scenes of the making of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law with cast members Tatiana Maslany, Jameela Jamil, Josh Segarra, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Benedict Wong, and Charlie Cox, and additional creatives. Discussion includes handling the tone and She-Hulk breaking the fourth wall, and making Marvel Studios' first comedic series.
14"The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever "[17]TBATBAFebruary 8, 2023 (2023-02-08)

Release

Marvel Studios: Assembled premiered on March 12, 2021, on Disney+. Additional specials are released shortly after a Disney+ series' completion or a film's Disney+ release.[1]

Reception

With the release of the special for WandaVision, Anderton recalled how Marvel Studios had gone from making the MCU as the "largest episodic experiment ever", according to that series' star Paul Bettany, into a "full fledged success" with its interconnectivity and felt Assembled allowed Marvel Studios to "dive into every aspect" of their upcoming productions, including the "spoiler-filled details" that were kept under wraps.[5] Elaine Low, writing for Variety, said the WandaVision special was a "delightful deep dive" that explored the "massive scale and breadth" of the visual effects used for its episodes and the production design.[23] Lucas Pearce at The People's Movies felt that special was a "great way to close the gap" between that series' finale by showing how it "all came together".[24]

Regarding the special for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Anderton felt as that series was more straightforward than WandaVision, it was less compelling or enthralling,[3][25] but highlighted the technical aspects of that production he found "surprising", such as showcasing the use of real skydivers for some frames, and the use of visual effects for some backgrounds in action scenes and on Sam Wilson's Captain America suit. He particularly highlighted stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan joking around together and a single take scene of Daniel Brühl in character as Baron Helmut Zemo promoting a Sokovian clothing store called Suit-kovia for a "makeshift commercial", which was filmed at the Brass Monkey nightclub set that was used for the series' Madripoor setting.[25]

Related documentaries

In November 2022, the documentary special Director by Night was released, going behind the scenes of the Marvel Studios Special Presentation Werewolf by Night (2022) with its director and composer Michael Giacchino.[16]

Notes

  1. ^ Each Assembled special is released following the conclusion of the associated series or release of the associated film.

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