While Marvel’s dark and gritty Netflix series continue their trek towards The Defenders, the superhero entertainment conglomerate is making moves to further expand their network offerings. In addition to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, it was recently confirmed their next spin-off, Marvel’s Most Wanted, received a pilot order, Damage Control is also moving ahead, and John Ridley said he’s developing a mystery Marvel project. Now another comedy series is being eyed to join the fray.
Speaking with IGN at ABC’s 2016 winter TCA press tour party, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee revealed the existence of the other series beyond Damage Control. Though he wouldn’t go into further detail, he did say “in the long term, we’d love it to be” on ABC. He continued, “We definitely want to do Marvel comedies as well as dramas and, of course, as you know, we supply lots of dramas to Netflix.”
It’s hard to pinpoint what could be tapped for source material due to the overwhelmingly large universe with which Marvel has to play, but they’ve been making smart moves. The quality of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is debatable; Joss Whedon even said the TV team gets the films’ leftovers. Nevertheless, Hayley Atwell’s Carter has become a fan favorite and Netflix, with it’s less broad but equally hardcore streaming audience, brought a different side to Marvel’s heroes — superhero sex scenes, interracial relationships, blood-spitting fight sequences, and all!
It’s interesting when you look at the development of this line-up when compared to DC, which was the opposite — it was late to the live-action cinematic movie universe game, but had a string of popular and critically acclaimed series already airing. While Arrow has become more serious, The Flash and (based on what we’ve seen from the previews) Legends of Tomorrow have maintained their comic relief. It seems as though Marvel is looking to bring the same eclectic genre selections to their TV slate. What DC doesn’t have, after all, is a straight-up superhero comedy.