Saturday 20 November 2021

Book Review: The Story of Marvel Studios by Tara Bennett & Paul Terry (Non-Fiction / Film)

The Story of Marvel Studios
Author: Tara Bennett & Paul Terry
Publisher: Abrams Books
Publication Date: 5 November 2022
Format: Hardback
Genre: Non-Fiction / Film
Source: Bought Copy

The definitive story of how Marvel Studios created the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as told by the studio's creatives, and the cast and crew of The Infinity Saga.

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 (The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China, 2017) 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. Featuring previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photography and archival production material, as well as personal photos and memorabilia from cast and crew,
The Story of Marvel Studios is the essential, collectible chronicle of how the Marvel Cinematic Universe was brought to life.


The Story of Marvel Studios was first slated for release (with a slightly different title) in 2019, and I had planned to pre-order shortly after I heard about it, but luckily I didn't hand over my money then, as the release date kept get pushed back, and in the end, two years passed before it was finally published. It's been a long wait, and the book is certainly not cheap, but I am happy to say it was worth both the wait and the expense. This is a hefty double-tome that is packed full of wonderful information and stunning behind-the-scenes photos, charting the full history of Marvel Studios from 2008 to 2019. This is the kind of book you could either sit and read from cover to cover or just flick through at your leisure, and I would say it is a worthwhile investment for any serious MCU fan, as it is beautifully presented and chock full of amazing images and anecdotes. It gets five stars from me.

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