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Marvel is preparing 60 episodes of TV in the form of 4 new dramatic shows and a mini-series

10.14.2013

With AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. a hit, Marvel is doubling down on superhero television projects. It was revealed today that they are not only developing an AGENT CARTER television series, possibly starring Hayley Atwell, but also an ITEM 47 series inspired by the short starring Lizzy Caplan. Add to that the news that in addition to those two shows, Marvel is developing four series for which we have no information as well as a mini-series. There is a lot of mystery surrounding these projects but what is known is that Marvel is selling them as a package deal.

Deadline reports that the deal comprises 60 episodes of television and they are looking to sell them to a digital network such as Netflix or Amazon. WGN America was also mentioned as a possible suitor for the shows. It sounds like the deal is going to cost a ton of money, but with the cred that Marvel carries these days, it sounds like a smart move for whoever takes it.

Despite criticism from fans, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. looks like it is going to stick around for a while. If these new series take off, there is the possibility they may focus on actual superhero characters who may not be strong enough to carry their own films. Could this be the launching pad for existing heroes to test fan desire to see them on screen? Or could this be a way for Marvel to work on original programming? Either way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to expand even further.

The question is which heroes do you want to see get their own series?

Source: Deadline

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3:32AM on 10/20/2013
this is fucking awesome-sauce... ive gotten so much joy from reading this article.... yeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! :D
this is fucking awesome-sauce... ive gotten so much joy from reading this article.... yeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!! :D
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1:58AM on 10/16/2013

Heroes for Hire

Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.
Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.
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1:07AM on 10/16/2013

We don't need another hero.

I'd watch a Kang or Modok show.
I'd watch a Kang or Modok show.
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6:27PM on 10/15/2013
Only seen the first two episodes of Agents of Shield thus far...and though Ward's initial fight in the pilot was brutal... nothing since has lived up to that level. Whedon's hallmark classic akward humour is all there but TV series have come a long way since Buffy and Angel...in terms of storytelling and action (not to mention how much of the good stuff is clearly not aged towards teenagers these days). Even if this is intentionally not supposed to reach the kind of material we see in say
Only seen the first two episodes of Agents of Shield thus far...and though Ward's initial fight in the pilot was brutal... nothing since has lived up to that level. Whedon's hallmark classic akward humour is all there but TV series have come a long way since Buffy and Angel...in terms of storytelling and action (not to mention how much of the good stuff is clearly not aged towards teenagers these days). Even if this is intentionally not supposed to reach the kind of material we see in say Game of Thrones / Spartacus / American Horror Story it still seems a few levels short of something like Arrow (which had me hooked from the pilot). I still think Marvel need to give it time to see if Shield is going to work...but then..perhaps they want to strike while the iron is hot...and make a deal while there stuff is in demand and probably available at a premium. Should Shield not pick up quickly...not sure its going to going to stick around long and then Iím not sure how that will affect their long term planning.
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12:59PM on 10/15/2013
I don't see this panning out too great for Marvel. Agents of SHIELD has some much needed polishing to do before anyone would call it a great TV show. I think the ratings are definitely there because people like and support the Marvel brand. But I think most of the viewers are only testing the waters of the series, if it doesn't pick up and get into some kind of over-arching storyline or mythology the ratings will take a huge dip by end of the season.

As for the shows mentioned above, I
I don't see this panning out too great for Marvel. Agents of SHIELD has some much needed polishing to do before anyone would call it a great TV show. I think the ratings are definitely there because people like and support the Marvel brand. But I think most of the viewers are only testing the waters of the series, if it doesn't pick up and get into some kind of over-arching storyline or mythology the ratings will take a huge dip by end of the season.

As for the shows mentioned above, I don't think Agent Carter will be any good. The only way I can see it being any kind of relevance is if it's revealed that Peggy Carter is part of the group that created SHIELD and as such we get the origin story for SHIELD - but that would really just turn into a rehash of Agents of SHIELD, just set in the 1960's.

Item 47 though sounds horrible. To be completely honest, I thought that was included as a setup for the plot of Agents of SHIELD. I just don't think there's any way they could stretch an entire series out of that concept. Seems like it could get really boring, really fast.

As for exploring other opportunities, especially on Netflix, I wouldn't mind seeing them do non-powered character from Marvel. Do either a Daredevil or Punisher series, but with some gruesome violence thrown into it. Punisher could work really well, each season he's working to take down some crime ring or whatever. The other thing that I'd like to see them do is a Heroes for Hire series, I know they're technically "powered" characters, but super strength is an easy enough power to replicate on the small screen.
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12:36PM on 10/15/2013

Love Clark Gregg, but...

As of now I'm calling the show Agents of Z.Z.Z.Z.Z.
As of now I'm calling the show Agents of Z.Z.Z.Z.Z.
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11:25AM on 10/15/2013

Marvel Knights

Marvel Knights anyone?
Marvel Knights anyone?
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1:59AM on 10/16/2013
No because the Punisher would be too violent for ABC.
No because the Punisher would be too violent for ABC.
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11:22AM on 10/15/2013

Daredevil

I'd like to see Marvel's Daredevil character in a weekly TV show. I think it could easily be on par with DC's Arrow or Smallville franchise. Trying to go with characters too "otherworldly" is a bad move for a weekly TV spot in my humble opinion. . .
I'd like to see Marvel's Daredevil character in a weekly TV show. I think it could easily be on par with DC's Arrow or Smallville franchise. Trying to go with characters too "otherworldly" is a bad move for a weekly TV spot in my humble opinion. . .
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9:25AM on 10/15/2013
hope they dont over do it and spread themselves to thin
hope they dont over do it and spread themselves to thin
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8:25AM on 10/15/2013
Most likely not what they're planning, but a DareDevil tv series would probably serve the character better than another movie. You've got the lawyer and vigilante aspects for the standard structure with scope for much wider story arcs involving bigger villains. Sort of an acrobatic version of The Equalizer.
Most likely not what they're planning, but a DareDevil tv series would probably serve the character better than another movie. You've got the lawyer and vigilante aspects for the standard structure with scope for much wider story arcs involving bigger villains. Sort of an acrobatic version of The Equalizer.
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8:15AM on 10/15/2013
Agent Carter could be cool, but what's with Item 47? I don't see that sustaining too much television. That's more like a season b-plot for Agents of SHIELD. Not too mention Lizzy Caplan just started a showtime series that I am rooting to succeed.
Agent Carter could be cool, but what's with Item 47? I don't see that sustaining too much television. That's more like a season b-plot for Agents of SHIELD. Not too mention Lizzy Caplan just started a showtime series that I am rooting to succeed.
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2:11AM on 10/15/2013

Hulk?

I thought ABC was going to do a Hulk TV show starring Mark Ruffalo. The idea was shelved, ironically probably because Mark Ruffalo turned out to be so popular with fans that they decided that they should do a Hulk movie instead. It could be that the people at Marvel realized that if people really like Mark Ruffalo then they would watch him as Bruce Banner and he wouldn't have to become the Hulk all the time. People might watch a show that is just called Banner in which he becomes the Hulk
I thought ABC was going to do a Hulk TV show starring Mark Ruffalo. The idea was shelved, ironically probably because Mark Ruffalo turned out to be so popular with fans that they decided that they should do a Hulk movie instead. It could be that the people at Marvel realized that if people really like Mark Ruffalo then they would watch him as Bruce Banner and he wouldn't have to become the Hulk all the time. People might watch a show that is just called Banner in which he becomes the Hulk only when absolutely necessarily. That could be often enough to satisfy fans.
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12:39AM on 10/15/2013
Too much Marvel IMO
Too much Marvel IMO
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11:11PM on 10/14/2013
I like Agents of Shield well enough, but an Agent Carter series no fucking thank you same with an Item 47 series.
I like Agents of Shield well enough, but an Agent Carter series no fucking thank you same with an Item 47 series.
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10:37PM on 10/14/2013
None of these Marvel TV projects interests me, but if there's any show that I would watch based on any Marvel characters, it would be Captain Britain and the MI:13. Heck, why not a goofball superhero show featuring Nextwave?
None of these Marvel TV projects interests me, but if there's any show that I would watch based on any Marvel characters, it would be Captain Britain and the MI:13. Heck, why not a goofball superhero show featuring Nextwave?
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10:28PM on 10/14/2013
Maybe Marvel needs to slow down a bit. Too much over saturation & success will only lead to a massive backlash.
Maybe Marvel needs to slow down a bit. Too much over saturation & success will only lead to a massive backlash.
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2:36AM on 10/15/2013
Well, if Amazon becomes a series next year then CW will have three superhero series (including Arrow and Flash) not including the rumored Gotham City series.
Well, if Amazon becomes a series next year then CW will have three superhero series (including Arrow and Flash) not including the rumored Gotham City series.
11:22AM on 10/15/2013
Don't hold your breath on that Gotham City series. There have been rumors like that since the early days of Smallville.
Don't hold your breath on that Gotham City series. There have been rumors like that since the early days of Smallville.
10:27PM on 10/14/2013
I'm all for an expanded universe, but I just hope it doesn't turn into quantity over quality.
I'm all for an expanded universe, but I just hope it doesn't turn into quantity over quality.
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10:26PM on 10/14/2013
I'll only watch them if it's they're on a channel like HBO where shows actually receive a decent budget. Agents of Shield looks like shit.
I'll only watch them if it's they're on a channel like HBO where shows actually receive a decent budget. Agents of Shield looks like shit.
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10:21AM on 10/15/2013
Yes.
Yes.
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10:21PM on 10/14/2013
I've not totally written off the AOS show yet, but it is everything I feared it would be: A television show focusing on an interesting aspect of the Marvel cinematic universe, but one that doesn't have the budget, significance or coordination to incorporate what anyone wants to see. Namely something even tangentially related to the Marvel superhero universe. The blink and you missed it cameos of Cobie Smulders and Sam Jackson were nice, but it's easy to see what this series is and is not
I've not totally written off the AOS show yet, but it is everything I feared it would be: A television show focusing on an interesting aspect of the Marvel cinematic universe, but one that doesn't have the budget, significance or coordination to incorporate what anyone wants to see. Namely something even tangentially related to the Marvel superhero universe. The blink and you missed it cameos of Cobie Smulders and Sam Jackson were nice, but it's easy to see what this series is and is not allowed to do, and that is quite a lot.
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10:27PM on 10/14/2013
I think the inclusion of Graviton in the most recent episode is an encouraging sign that the series will continue to work in characters from the comics.
I think the inclusion of Graviton in the most recent episode is an encouraging sign that the series will continue to work in characters from the comics.
2:01AM on 10/15/2013
DoB I wholeheartedly agree with everything you just said. SHIELD is by no means a terrible show but it just had so much opportunity that is being totaly squandered at this point for a variety of reasons. I get what Jedd means, Graviton's appearance definitely piqued my interest and gives me hope, but based on the first few episodes I fear that hope will be ill-deserved and short lived.
DoB I wholeheartedly agree with everything you just said. SHIELD is by no means a terrible show but it just had so much opportunity that is being totaly squandered at this point for a variety of reasons. I get what Jedd means, Graviton's appearance definitely piqued my interest and gives me hope, but based on the first few episodes I fear that hope will be ill-deserved and short lived.
10:05PM on 10/14/2013
An Agent Carter series would be great - could have some much free reign without stepping on continuity. And more Hayley Atwell is always a good thing. But an Item 47 show? That was a weak short, and frankly if they wanted to work in those elements somewhere, I would see it being on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
An Agent Carter series would be great - could have some much free reign without stepping on continuity. And more Hayley Atwell is always a good thing. But an Item 47 show? That was a weak short, and frankly if they wanted to work in those elements somewhere, I would see it being on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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10:01PM on 10/14/2013
The Runaways mini-series, maybe?
The Runaways mini-series, maybe?
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9:57PM on 10/14/2013
It may be a case of inundation if the series don't fit too well with the established Marvel cinematic universe. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of makes sense because it's like a "lower deck" series, focusing on what happens on the agency level instead of the superhero one. I like Hayley Atwell and she was great as Peggy Carter, but I think the one shot was good enough. Same with Item 47. I don't see that sustaining a TV show (though those two characters could pop up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It may be a case of inundation if the series don't fit too well with the established Marvel cinematic universe. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of makes sense because it's like a "lower deck" series, focusing on what happens on the agency level instead of the superhero one. I like Hayley Atwell and she was great as Peggy Carter, but I think the one shot was good enough. Same with Item 47. I don't see that sustaining a TV show (though those two characters could pop up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. instead).
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