Multiple Marvel TV Shows Being Considered at ABC Right Now

By August 5, 2016

Right now, there’s only one Marvel show on ABC currently with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set to enter into its fourth season in the Fall (with a very large new addition to the cast), but following the unfortunate cancellation of Agent Carter earlier this year, the possibility of ABC building up their Marvel shows again has been on the edge of most fans’ minds for months now.

Unfortunately, we have no concrete news to bring yet, but it looks like ABC is in fact working on bringing new shows from the MCU onto their network at some point, though that’s not necessarily surprising. Why wouldn’t they?

Following her comments yesterday about the possibility of a Star Wars show coming to the network as well, ABC Network President, Channing Dungey, spoke at the TCAs, giving an update on where the network is at when it comes to their in-development Marvel projects right now (H/T IGN):

“Since I’ve been in this role we’ve been in a number of really terrific conversations with the Marvel team. We’re actually sitting down in two weeks to discuss our next step. We’re looking at a number of different things. Some of them are projects that we were working on before and some of them are totally new ideas and IP.”

Dungey is of course referring to some of the long-known about Marvel projects that has been in the works at the network for a while now, including John Ridley’s mystery project and the comedy Damage Control, which may be coming a little bit late at this point (if it ever does) with DC’s Powerless set to premiere on NBC later this year, following a very similar premise, as well as a few others.

The network president also spoke briefly on why they decided to pass on the long off-and-on-and-off again Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off series, Marvel’s Most Wanted:

“We have a lot of enthusiasm and we’re very, very excited for the plans they have for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4, Marvel’s Most Wanted, at the end of the day, did not feel as strong as some of the other pilots that we shot. We talked about it with Marvel and we all came to an agreement that we wanted to figure out what the next show we do together, and we all feel is as creatively strong as it can be.”

Honestly, even though AoS has improved in its quality incredibly well as time has gone on, I don’t know how well of a fit ABC is for a number of Marvel shows, due to their budgetary limitations and considerably lower quality production value compared to Netflix’s Defenders series even. I could see smaller shows like Damage Control working fine, but I think the network will have to be careful about playing within their limits when considering new projects in the future. That’s just my two cents though.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable