The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating the big screen for years with film series like Captain America, The Avengers and Iron Man. More recently Marvel has been making its move on the small screen too, as ABC now airs both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, and Netflix has a growing handful of shows set in the MCU’s version of Hell’s Kitchen.

Now, ABC has announced a new special celebrating the history of one the oldest Marvel Comics heroes, Captain America. The one-hour special is set to air in January and will be exploring all 75 years of the character.

Marvel Comics fans can join in the celebration of the 75 year anniversary of Captain America with a new special, Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years, set to air on ABC this coming January. The special, which is being advertised by ABC as a one-hour event, is explained in the official press release:

New York, 1940. A new era on the horizon. Little did the world know then that this decade would shape the course of history in ways never before seen. But two men, who walked those New York streets, a pair of artists and creators, had a strong feeling of what was to come. They were Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, two first-generation Jewish-Americans who believed in their country, believed that the atrocities taking place in Europe needed to be answered, and most importantly, they believed in freedom. And it was an image of freedom that they would create…

Captain America has been the moral compass that has inspired generations to do better and believe in more than themselves. Whether it be leading The Avengers or fighting for his beliefs, even when it meant taking sides against those closest to him during Marvel’s Civil War, “Cap” has been a beacon of light in the Marvel Universe and a central figure in the vast and dynamic world that Marvel fans know and celebrate today.

Captain America debuted in the pages of Timely Comics back in March of 1941 in his own solo title. Timely would eventually become Marvel Comics and the character would end up outlasting the World War II era that he was created for and finding rebirth over and over again.

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Captain America had a feature film back in 1990 that flew well under the radar, but he has risen to mainstream pop culture prominence over the past four years with two new solo films, Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He also played leading roles in Marvel superhero team-up movies The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Chris Evans taking on the role of Cap and his alter ego, Steve Rogers. Fans are currently looking towards the third installment of the Captain America movies, which is going to bring the Marvel Comics’ Civil War storyline to life on the big screen.

The Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years television special will feature a number of Marvel Comics alumni that includes Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Jeph Loeb, Louis D’Esposito, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. We will also hear from the family members of the co-creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

If this wasn’t enough to get your interest up, Marvel and ABC have added one more enticing promise to the mix: there will be a mysterious exclusive announcement from Marvel Comics during the airing of the special.

Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years is set to air Tuesday, January 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network.

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: ABC via Newsarama