Tomorrow brings the arrival of Marvel Studios’ latest television series with “Daredevil” hitting Netflix, but it sounds like there’s even more in the works for the small screen from the comic book studio.
EW has word that ABC and Marvel are quietly developing a spin-off of Marvel’s first television series made with ties to their cinematic universe where The Avengers reside. This series from “Agents” executive producer Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “The X-Files”) and series writer Paul Zbyszewski (“Lost”) be in addition to a presumed but not yet ordered third season for the series focusing on the government organization left in ruins after Hydra was revealed to have infiltrated them in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
However, at this time, there’s no indication as to what this new series will be about, and there’s no plan to have a backdoor pilot for the show during this season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But the source says that there will be story elements that lay the groundwork for this new series without being obvious about it. And if you’ve been watching the show lately, there’s an obvious guess as to what the new show would be about.
Skye (Chloe Bennet) has been dealing with newly inherited superpowers, and while the series has been careful to tap around classifying her new status, it’s pretty obvious that she’s Inhuman. And if that sounds familiar, it’s because Marvel Studios has a feature film adaptation of their comic book Inhumans set for release on July 12th, 2019.
Since Marvel’s television series have direct ties to the cinematic universe, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for a new TV series to lay the groundwork for a feature film adaptation of a comic title that more casual Marvel fans aren’t familiar with yet (you can learn more right here though). Inhumans is probably even less familiar to general audiences than Guardians of the Galaxy was before the film came out, so a boost from a Marvel TV series would be a big help.
As of now, the show could arrive as early as this fall, but ABC might hold it for midseason, not unlike “Agent Carter,” which wasn’t really a spin-off, but more of a prequel series with stronger ties to the cinematic universe than “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” itself. At the same time, there’s also a chance that this spin-off may not even happen as it’s still early in development. After all, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” isn’t even a huge hit for ABC, so a spin-off might not have much better numbers, despite the large Marvel movie audience.
But no matter what happens, there’s plenty of Marvel television on the way as “Daredevil” is the first in a line of four series on Netflix that will lead to an Avengers-like assembly of heroes called “The Defenders.” Stay tuned to see what else Marvel has up their sleeve for your entertainment.
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