While the 2018-2019 broadcast television season will be the first without a Marvel television show on ABC in five years, the network is still interested in developing new series based on its library.
According to Deadline, network president Channing Dungey told reports at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday that “in terms of Marvel, we have some things that we are in discussions with them right now that we are in development.” She declined to offer any further details beyond adding that she is “very excited about it.”
ABC’s flagship Marvel program, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., helped establish a foothold for Marvel TV’s division in the broadcast realm. Agent Carter and Inhumans followed it onto ABC’s schedule. The latter was a creative and commercial disaster while the former was beloved by its fans, but failed to find an audience large enough to keep it on the air. The network also developed the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted, but ultimately passed.
At one time, 12 Years a Slave‘s John Ridley was said to be developing a Marvel series for ABC and rumors indicated that the network was also interested in developing a more humorous Marvel show — leading some to suggest it was finally Kate Bishop’s chance to shine. But these projects never emerged and it is unclear if Dungey is excited about one of these moving forward or a completely new concept.
Maybe ABC will be the home of New Warriors, a half-hour comedy Marvel developed for ABC’s sister cable channel Freeform. The program, starring Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, was yanked from Freeform’s schedule with the intention of placing it on another ABC network. But it’s status is still unknown. As recently as this past June, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb told fans to “find us a network” for the in-limbo program.
S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for a sixth season in the summer of 2019.
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