Marvel is going to shine a light on the past, present, and future of its cinematic universe for all to see. MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE will air on ABC on Tuesday, March 18, at 8:00pm (7:00pm Central). The hour-long special will profile the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and feature interviews with filmmakers, icons, and famous fans.

MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE will also serve as a promotional vehicle, previewing the studio’s upcoming slate. New footage from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has already been promised along with a sneak peek at THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. The team up sequel has only been filming for a couple weeks, but we can probably expect a little insight into the story from Marvel boss Kevin Feige and/or director Joss Whedon.

Corporate synergy is a beautiful thing for superhero fans and this is a brilliant marketing move by Marvel. Airing a primetime special on network television will provide critical exposure for the CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel and, more importantly, the mainstream unknown that is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Since the show will also feature AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., there is another big opportunity for the studio to reinforce the series’ place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As mentioned above, footage should not be expected from THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, but Marvel did have some footage of GUARDIANS ready to show at San Diego Comic Con last July after only 12 days of principal photography. Perhaps a few shots from some screen tests could be unveiled. Don’t get your hopes up too high, but a cool surprise is not out of the question.

Regardless of how much we get to see from the rest of the MCU’s Phase 2, a stroll down Marvel memory lane is sure to be worth taking.