Marvel TV is easily one of the biggest success stories when it comes to the superhero genre, as they consistently deliver some excellent TV shows. Their future is bright and we’re eagerly anticipating what their next move will be with their Netflix lineup.
ComicBook was able to speak with Marvel TV head Joeph Loeb about juggling all these projects, and seemingly revealed even more could be on the way.
“We have, in one way or the other, there’s nine or ten shows that are going.” That may seem like a lot to keep track of, and it is, he admitted. “They’re going on in my brain. The idea is, much like when I was doing television and writing comics at the same time, it’s about telling stories, and making sure we are telling the best stories that we can.”
I’m not entirely sure if he’s talking about current and developing shows combined, as they don’t really seem to clarify his statement in the report, or even attempt to have Loeb expand on his quote.
However, the current list of Marvel TV shows is around nine. This doesn’t even include the two X-Men shows Legion and Hellfire Club for FX. Marvel TV isn’t the production studio on those, I’m not sure we can even count them as apart of the herd.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Agent Carter
- Most Wanted
- Jessica Jones
- Luke Cage
- Iron Fist
- Damage Control
Considering, they’re at the premiere of a Netflix show, Jeph could have been specifically speaking to development on Netflix projects, which seem to have the most demand at the moment. Thanks to excellent reactions to Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
The rumored next wave of Marvel/Netflix shows said to be in development include Punisher, Moon Knight, Elektra and Shang-Chi. They’re still mainly focusing on the Defenders build-up and haven’t made any announcements about solo shows beyond Iron Fist.
Although, Loeb has come out to deny that a Punisher series is happening.
“I think that’s something that people are speculating on, as opposed to something that’s actually happening. It’s certainly our hope that any of our characters will be embraced and that people want to see more of them.”
Punisher: War Zone, Supergirl, Limitless and Arrow director Lexi Alexander had mentioned a desire to get involved with Iron Fist, but is now open to tackling Shang-Chi as well.
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— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 10, 2016
Having Punisher and Elektra spin-offs in their back-pockets isn’t a terrible thing.
There’s been chatter that a Blade series could be in the works, but the origin of the original rumor has been tainted by the source’s lacklustre track record with recent Marvel TV reports (claiming Marvel was cancelling Iron Fist which we know to be untrue).
The original report mentioned both film and television possibilities for Blade, which the former is a red-flag for us knowing that Marvel isn’t in the business of R-rated material. Blade is known for it’s gory violence, horror/exploitation homages, and foul-language, making a PG-13 film next to impossible to make without fans going bananas.
We learned from Disney head Bob Iger that Deadpool‘s R-rated success story won’t be effecting Marvel’s cinematic lineups. Kevin Feige on multiple occasions has mentioned a focus on PG-13 movies, and likely doesn’t want to muddy the brand with mature features.
Actor and producer Wesley Snipes would later confirm meeting with Marvel about the potential return of Blade. The character does seem at this point a better bet for a Netflix soft-reboot, that’s if they can cut a deal with an apparently open Snipes to return to the titular role.
Heroic Hollywood, would later reaffirm plans were indeed geared towards Netflix, but have since deleted that report.
The rumblings did mention him in more of a mentor role, not unlike Whistler, teaching his daughter Fallon Grey how to hunt and kill vampires.
I’m totally up for Elektra and Fallon Grey to get their own shows, since the Netflix lineup seems to be mostly dudes.
More shows are said to be cooking-up at ABC as well.
John Ridley of American Crime and 12 Years A Slave, was actually developing a Marvel series as well, which some believed at one point included Marvel pitching him a Cloak and Dagger series.
The street-level superhero duo often fought drug dealers, which seems to me like a better fit for Netflix.
The Oscar winner is quite talented and we’d assume they’d attempt a stronger message with his series rather than the other shows currently aimed for ABC. We’re totally on board with whatever Ridley wants to do here.
There’s even been some championing from fans to see a Ms. Marvel series led by teenage Pakistani-American superhero Kamala Khan, and would be a perfect fit for the ABC lineup. The only problem is that series due to her powers could be costly and would likely nix her solo film chances. Kamala might be a neat fan-girl hero juxtapose to Captain Marvel, she’d also give us our first Asian led Marvel film.
A cosmic series seems like a good idea as well, but who knows if Marvel Studios wants Marvel TV to touch Guardians of The Galaxy and Infinity War territory with a Nova Corps. series. Agents, almost became pointless after The Winter Solider and had a complete overhaul to save itself, it’s doubtful ABC wants another repeat.
I also previously listed a whole batch of potential horror series they could develop as well, which included Morbius, Ghost Rider, Werewolf By Night, Midnight Sons and the new Howling Commandos.
I’m sure they have a string of show ideas we haven’t even caught-on to yet, but these seem to be the prime candidates at the moment.