Earlier today we received the news that Marvel and Disney were in discussions with ABC to develop a brand new TV series based on one or more of their characters, alongside their long-in-development Hulk TV show. It’s described as a “kernel of an idea,” with one of the possible directions a high-profile cop show. Ever since I read this news I’ve been mulling over different ideas in my amazing brain for what they could base it on. You may find some of these suggestions surprising, but I really think that any of these would be fantastic for Marvel to go with.
For those of you who don’t know who they are, read the plot description below from Wikipedia:
Originally, the series featured a group of six kids whose parents routinely met every year for a charity event. One year, the kids spy on their parents and learn they are “the Pride”, a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants. The kids steal weapons and resources from their parents, and learn they themselves inherited their parents’ powers; Alex Wilder, a prodigy, leads the team while Nico Minoru learns she is a powerful witch, Karolina Dean discovers she is an alien, Gertrude Yorkes learns of her telepathic link to a dinosaur, Chase Stein steals his father’s futuristic gloves, while young Molly Hayes learns she is a mutant with incredible strength. The kids band together and defeat their parents, and atone for the sins of their parents by fighting the new threats trying to fill in the Pride’s void. With the deaths of Alex and Gertrude, they are later joined by cyborg Victor Mancha, shape-shifting Skrull Xavin, and plant-manipulator Klara Prast.
A film was discussed way back in 2008 and various child actors from networks like Nickelodeon and Disney Channel such as Keke Palmer and Lucas Cruikshank revealed they were offered roles. Anyway, with the studio focusing on big budget flicks like The Avengers, Runaways was temporarily put on hold. What better way to bring it to life than on television? It would bring in the teen audience, and would definitely be interesting to watch with all that teen angst. I don’t really know too much about the heroes, but it’s another superhero team (kinda), and the characters are far more interesting than any other teen show on the air.
4. HEROES FOR HIRE
Okay, I know even less about Heroes for Hire than I do for the Runaways. But from what I do know and from what others have told me, they seem perfect for TV. The Heroes for Hire are a superhero crime-fighting team which usually consists of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and is a mix of tongue-in-cheek and grit. It could be like a detective show, and introduce some of the lesser-known heroes in the Marvel Universe. Also, I think it would display that superheroes are becoming relatively common in society and should be accepted, possibly setting up a Civil War movie?
3. MARVELS/ITEM 47
This one is a rather strange choice. In the 90’s Marvel released a graphic novel called Marvels, which was told from the general publics perspective on superheroes, through the eyes of everyman Phil Sheldon. This was partially told in the new Marvel short Item 47, about a couple who find one of the leftover Chitauri weapons from the events of The Avengers and have to decide what they want to do with it. If this is what Marvel go with, it really would help show what effect superheroes have on normal life, again leading into a Civil War film. How awesome would it be to see news broadcasts on an alien invasion, or scenes in hospitals trying to treat the wounded (or even superheroes) from battles. Think of the possibilities!
Before you tell me I’m crazy and should be dragged away by the men in white coats, here me out. Recently some people on the internet started making up theories that if Fox doesn’t begin production on the Daredevil reboot by the Fall (two months away), they lose the rights to Marvel and they’re probably right. So, if Marvel do get the rights back, what better way to bring him back to life than on TV? The character is literally perfect for a TV show. Everyone seems to be in love with crime drama’s nowadays, and it would also be grim and gritty on the side. See, I’m not crazy!
1. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
This one is a complete no-brainer. Who the hell wouldn’t want to tune in every week to watch Black Widow and Hawkeye beat the crap out of secret agents from A.I.M. and HYDRA? Yeah, thought so. Having Samuel L. Jackson in the show wouldn’t be a problem, as he accepts literally anything offered to him. Cobie Smulders entire background is basically How I Met Your Mother, so she would definitely accept. The only wild cards are Scarlett Johannsen, but I’m sure if the right money is involved they will join.
In conclusion, I would be perfectly happy with any of these shows hitting the airwaves. Or maybe it will be something entirely different. Marvel basically cancelled their entire in-development TV slate, save for Guillmero del Toro’s Hulk show, so I know it definitely won’t be Punisher or AKA Jessica Jones. What do you think of the choices and what would you like as Marvel’s new TV series? Sound off below!