Ready for Prime Time1 of 12
ABC is looking for a new Marvel-based TV show to take the place of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when that show leaves the air.
That got us in mind of all the new properties that could come to any of Marvel's TV outlets, from ABC, to Hulu, and of course to Disney+ which will boast numerous in-continuity MCU shows.
So, naturally, we've got ten suggestions for characters/teams/concepts Marvel should put on TV sooner rather than later - including some ideas to get Marvel's merry mutants to the MCU.
Deathlok2 of 12
We’re well aware Deathlok already appeared in some capacity on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but we’re thinking of a new approach in a new series, a la Hulu’s impending Ghost Rider show, which brings back Robbie Reyes in a totally separate story (thus proving Deathlok could live on in the MCU without any potential baggage).
We’re thinking of a future-flung action show, a dystopian sci-fi thriller based around a reluctant hero who was built destroy – but who has it in him to save the day. It’s like RoboCop fighting SkyNet – a mash-up of sci-fi concepts that could easily work together to find territory Marvel has yet to explore in the MCU on the big or small screen.
Daily Bugle3 of 12
This scoop landed right in the lap of Marvel Studios with the recent Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene.
Yes, in that startling clip The Daily Bugle is re-imagined as TV/web show, but we can work with that.
With everything happening in the MCU - especially that which the MCU public knows about, imagine a news source out there trying to document, understand, and in some cases put their spin on it. This isn't Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, though - don't you worry.
Yes, we realize that while J.K. Simmons is a veteran TV actor he may not be able to appear in every episode - to borrow a Sorkin-ism, imagine him operating like The West Wing's Martin Sheen coming and going for big moments. And then having the Bugle's employees attempt to deal with the bombshells he drops.
And let's not forget - they could also poach Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page from The Bulletin, where she started working during Daredevil.
Squirrel Girl4 of 12
Squirrel Girl was the central character of Marvel's currently dormant and never-seen New Warriors TV pilot which was once scheduled to premiere on Freeform before the network handed the show off to Marvel rather than putting it to air.
With that being the case, maybe it's time to cut to the chase and just give Squirrel Girl her own series - they've even already got perfect casting in Milana Vayntrub as Doreen Green. She’s voiced the character in animation (and Marvel TV clearly thought she had what it takes to play her on TV) so why overthink it?
Think about it - a college set superhero sitcom starring Marvel's most unlikely, most unbeatable leading lady makes perfect sense. Why fight the tide?
She-Hulk5 of 12
The Hulk is still in the MCU as of Avengers: Endgame, but with films like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Black Widow, and Thor: Love and Thunder and Disney+ TV shows such as The Winter Soldier and the Falcon and Hawkeye all dealing with new heroes taking on familiar mantles, could Bruce Banner’s retirement party be next?
If so, Marvel could do worse than to set up his cousin Jennifer Walters – the sensational She-Hulk – as his heir apparent in the MCU.
She-Hulk has had a few shots at TV stardom, though they've fallen through each time. She-Hulk was once planned to appear in the final Bill Bixby Incredible Hulk TV movie, but that never came to fruition. She was also set to receive her own TV series in the early '90's, but like the earlier appearance, that too fell through. A live-action She-Hulk film was also planned with actress Bridgette Nielsen attached, but it died when no funding could be found.
Still, She-Hulk is ripe for television, with her background as a lawyer providing grist for an episodic superhero courtroom show. The biggest obstacle would likely be the budget needed to avoid a Lou Ferrigno body paint situation. But with just the right balance, a serialized She-Hulk superhero/courtroom show could be, let's just say it, incredible.
X-Statix6 of 12
The unaired New Warriors pilot we mentioned earlier had a funky format that might have actually been better suited to a totally different quirky Marvel team - the mutant weirdos of X-Statix.
New Warriors was planned as a 'mockumentary' style fake reality show - a format based on scenes in the comic book version of Civil War but which was explored even earlier as part of the premise of X-Statix.
X-Statix are young mutants with bizarre, often frightening powers and out-there alter egos who fight crime for fame and profit as the starts of their own show.
So why not just ... Make that show?
How cool would that be? Sure, the wild and wooly members of X-Statix aren't the most well-known mutants, but that means Marvel would have even more room to run wild with them as the zany gateway to a new X-Men franchise on the small screen.
Wonder Man7 of 12
Wonder Man is one of the last of the classic Avengers who has yet to appear on film or TV – even though he had a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 courtesy of fan favorite actor Nathan Fillion - sort of. Fillion’s likeness appeared as Simon Williams on a series of movie posters seen in a deleted scene from the film.
But that got us thinking – why not get a little bit meta? Wouldn’t a Fillion-led TV show about Simon Williams reinventing himself as Wonder Man be killer? Fillion is no stranger to TV, so the stars on this one don't seem too far off from potentially aligning.
Moon Knight8 of 12
Moon Knight could be an ideal character for reinvention on television. He even had a series announced around 2005 with writer John Cooksey attached before that project fell through.
Moon Knight has had many different iterations through the years, and while Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey seemingly boiled them all down to a core identity, there's still plenty of room for a television show to to take what was started in the last several volumes of his comic book series and continue it in TV.
Moon Knight’s ability to straddle street-level grit with far-flung mysticism would be right in line with the tone of some of Marvel's other current TV series - and there are no shortage of creators willing to work on the character, including director James Gunn and former Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard. Sounds like a perfect behind-the-scenes team...
Agent 139 of 12
Sharon Carter has already been a factor in the MCU, playing a role in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and CivilWar - and of course her aunt Peggy Carter had a much bigger part to play as the woman Steve Rogers secretly married after returning to the past in Avengers: Endgame (the details of how that’s possible are just as hard to discern as the description).
But what if Sharon’s part in the MCU isn’t over just yet? With Agent Carter (starring the aforementioned aunt Peggy) running only two seasons on ABC and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ending already in place on the same network, could an Agent 13 show offer the best of both worlds, fitting seamlessly in the now vacant Marvel TV spot on the network?
It might not hurt that Sharon Carter actor Emily VanCamp already starred in the successful ABC show Revenge - and that the network is apparently working on a new female-led show.
X-Factor Investigations10 of 12
Peter David's latter-day incarnation of X-Factor as a group of mutant PI's led by Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, might just be the exact right template for a low key TV show to bring an aspect of X-Men lore to the MCU.
Center it on a new mutant investigation every week (with a bigger conspiracy and plenty of mutant guest stars across the season) and you've got a recipe for success.
On top of that, the role of Madrox - a person who often has to be many people in many places at once - is exactly the kind of lucrative role some actor is champing at the bit to sink their teeth into.
Starjammers11 of 12
If Fox can put together The Orville and CBS All Access can do two Star Trek shows, surely the impending streaming giant can handle a ship-centric space series starring a ragtag cast of cosmic pirates?
Think of it just a bit like Guardians of the Galaxy but more ruthless - with the Starjammers fighting against the bloodthirsty Shi'ar Empire and their army of Imperial Guards?
Imagine Corsair as the lead and Gladiator as the first season's main villain, in pursuit of the scrappy but dogged freedom fighters/pirates - with Empress D'Ken and his sister Lilandra in the background?
Yeah, we know that puts three different possible X-Men-adjacent potential franchises on the list, but given Marvel's gonna start introducing mutants somewhere, we think it's a safe bet a something like Starjammers - that directly touches X-Men lore without necessarily invoking the core characters just yet - will land sooner or later.
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