It’s been a rough week for Marvel’s television properties, with the news that ABC would not only be cancelling the well-received Agent Carter due to its disappointing ratings, but also would be passing on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff series, Marvel’s Most Wanted. And let’s not forget those comments from S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet, who told fans that Marvel doesn’t acknowledge the events of the series because the studio “doesn’t seem to care” about the show.
But now comes some good news, in the form of a new rumor about the future of Marvel’s Netflix offerings. We already know that Luke Cage will be premiering in September, with Iron Fist following next year and leading to a superhero team-up in The Defenders. And of course, Jon Bernthal will be headlining a Punisher series after a scene-stealing performance in the second season of Daredevil. But what’s next?
According to Movie Creed Live (via Latino Review), Marvel is looking to bring three more shows to Netflix, and the characters they have lined up certainly fit in with the darker, grittier sensibilities of their current library. If the rumor turns out to be true, we can look forward to seeing Moon Knight, Ghost Rider and Blade on the small screen, each being featured in their own solo series.
Two of these characters have appeared in live-action adaptations before, with Wesley Snipes starring in the Blade trilogy, and Nicholas Cage donning the leather jacket and flaming skull for a pair of Ghost Rider films. The first Blade actually holds up pretty well, but the sequels offered little more than diminishing returns – although Ryan Reynolds is undeniably hilarious as the smarmy, arrogant Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, and this performance feels like a precursor to his eventual role as Deadpool.
The Ghost Rider films, meanwhile, are terrible – their only redeeming quality is watching Sam Elliott ride a flaming demon horse across the desert in the original.
Moon Knight is by far the most interesting possibility here. Often described as “Marvel’s version of Batman,” Marc Spector believes himself to be the avatar of Knoshu, the Egyptian god of vengeance, and stalks the streets of New York City in a white hooded cloak looking for criminals to beat up. He also suffers from multiple personality disorder and other associated mental illnesses, all of which could make for a fascinating and dramatic exploration of character.
No official word from Marvel on whether or not these three characters will be joining the Netflix roster – but with San Diego Comic Con looming on the horizon, we might hear something a little bit more official in the coming weeks.
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