ABC Looking To Develop A Female Led Marvel Series

by Erik Amaya

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have one more year on ABC, but the network is looking to keep the Marvel Banner on its network past 2020.

Deadline reports the network is in “active talks” with Marvel Television to bring a female-led series to the air after S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s conclusion. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told the site the series will feature “something brand new, mostly.” Ambiguous words like that suggest it may feature characters already established in the Marvel Television cannon. Perhaps Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennett) survives the final year of S.H.I.E.L.D. to found her own predominately female group of heroes.

Our go-to for a series like this was always Kate Bishop, but with the character scheduled to debut on the Disney+ Hawkeye series in 2021, we’ll now transfer our hopes to a She-Hulk series based on the short-lived 2014-2015 series by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido — with a handful of issues drawn by Ron Wimberly. In that series, Jennifer Walters defended super-powered people in the courtroom. The cases often led to her hulking out to fight in snow-covered fields or various New York locations, but its emphasis on characters set it apart. It is the sort of premise perfect for ABC.

According to Deadline’s report, this new series is separate from another ABC pitch for a female-led Marvel series from Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg. It is unclear if that project is still in the works or shelved next to the failed pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted and the seemingly abandoned Marvel/ABC project from 12 Years a Slave‘s John Ridley.

Outside of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC’s track-record with Marvel TV is rather spotty. The two-season Agent Carter is a well-loved series among fans, but something the network never properly positioned or promoted. And the more recent Inhumans is now seen as a master-class in how not to develop a Marvel property for television.

With Marvel Studios entering the television realm on Disney+, it is unclear how many characters remain the purview of Marvel Television. But perhaps there is still something in their library to please the network and fans.

And we hope its She-Hulk.

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