Marvel Planning Massive Television Expansion


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I've learned to stop doubting Marvel. 

Even before the almighty-Disney was behind them, Marvel was already an entertainment juggernaut. The properties they own star in their own comic books, cartoons, feature films television shows... heck, they have their own theme park, Marvel Super Hero Island, as part of Universal Islands of Adventure. Ever since 'Marvel's The Avengers' hit cinema screens, there has been no looking back for Marvel Studios. This season, 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' a television series tied into the same cinematic universe as the seven Marvel movies to date, debuted on ABC. 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' just earned a full-season pick-up despite middling ratings, proving that both ABC and Marvel are committed to playing out their television plan throughout the long-haul. Marvel Studios

Now, Marvel is shopping an 'Agent Carter' series to be spun out of the feature film 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' as well as reportedly shopping a package deal that would include four brand new television series and a mini-series for good measure. It's possible that 'Agent Carter' could be a part of this four-series, sixty-episode package but--in characteristic, secretive Marvel Studios fashion--no one is offering any details. 

Marvel Studios is shopping the massive package deal in the video-on-demand and cable markets, branching away from ABC (which is also owned by parent-company Disney). Netflix, Amazon and WGN America have each been rumored as potential buyers for the landmark package deal. 

Which characters do you think could make a successful leap to the small screen? So far with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'Agent Carter,' the small screen offerings have centered on human characters without any super powers; could this change? Could powered characters work on the small-scale?



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Written by: bad_subject
Oct 15th, 2013, 4:39 pm

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Message Posted On Oct 19th, 2013, 1:26 pm

@JAGUARDOG I was referring to the films actually produced by Marvel, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most of the ones you mentioned don't count, as they don't exist in the shared universe. 


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Message Posted On Oct 19th, 2013, 4:28 am

I don't care what others say, give me most Super Hero shows and please give them at least 28 episode per season and at least 3 seasons and cross over episode would be a nice touch. You could also have the heros that have no special powers too, as there storys are offten inspiering as they strive to make it a better place to live. I would also like to see a show that has ALL of the heros on it but each episode concentrates on just one or two at a time, sort of a permanebt cross over series. Bring them on :-)



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Message Posted On Oct 18th, 2013, 10:49 pm

There are 3 Punisher films... everyone forgets the Dolph Lundgren one.


additionally, there are also 3 Blade movies and a Blade series (that i really enjoyed).  plus another Fantastic Four movie that was never released.


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Message Posted On Oct 18th, 2013, 5:51 pm

Excuse me "seven Marvel movies" where did you learn to count?  Are you ignoring all of the earlier Marvel films?  I know I can't remember them all myself but there was:


Ghost Rider 1 & 2

Fantastic 4 1 & 2

Hulk - 2 Films

Spiderman - I think there has been 4 so far



The Punisher - 2 Films

X-Men - 4 Films

Iron Man 1 - 3

Captain America


The Avengers


I know there is others but 7 what are you counting or not counting?



Message Posted On Oct 18th, 2013, 8:42 am
She Hulk; Superhuman Law. Its a no brainer. Normal shows are marketed as "X meets Y". SheHulk already is that. You got a law show, and a superhero show in one. As a bonus, the show would be perfect to exam the more human fallout from the various superhero battles and events going on elsewhere. The only downside is, due to rights, we wont be able to have the classic comic moment when Spider-man sues JJJamason for deformation of character. -- As for those saying "people want the big characters". Iron Man wasnt a big character till the movie. Storys and good written makes popular characters....not the other way around.

Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2013, 8:17 am
Marvel has loads and loads of fun characters to choose from, and many of these would probably work great on the small screen. If they want to continue the trend of making shows about non-superhero characters, they could go with Damage Control for instance. Or show the exciting lives of the journalists who work at the Daily Bugle, or perhaps even a less known section of that paper called "The Pulse", which focuses on superheroes and their exploits. But, personally, I do hope they are going to make shows about superheroes as well. Daredevil might work on the small screen, seeing as they would be able to combine legal drama (he's a lawyer) with superhero adventure. Or perhaps they could focus on a superhero team instead, like Heroes For Hire, or The Thunderbolts (which might be fun because they're reformed supervillains). And True Believers or The Twelve might make great mini-series. Or they could go the cross-over route with this. Start 4 seperate shows about different superheroes and then make a mini-series which involves the superheroes of all 4 shows, like they do all the time in their comics. Civil War or Secret Invasion could be turned into great mini-series, I think.

Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2013, 3:56 am
it depends on shows viewers and at the moment most networks target teenagers and marvel plan would work for teenagers...check what we have now on tv and tell me which show is aimed for adult viewers? arrow despite it has serious acting problems is still going strong, teen wolf, the vampire diaries, and the rest of the shit shows...the formula right now is teenagers...the networks know that and they hit there...

Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2013, 1:48 am
TV program makers have no good or new ideas. They just jump on the bandwagon. For example; how many fairy tale programs are there? And still the idiots make more. How many supernatural programs? And still we get more. We got drowned by CSI and now only one exists. Watch as the same thing happens to the shows I mention. Also Disney is a shit company. Why? They 'disneyfy' things. Ultimate spider-man is crap because they changed the dynamics of spider-man. He now works in a team and riders a stupid motorbike. The real spider-man was loner/misfit who swung on webs ALONE. Look forward to more 'disney' crap in the near future.

Message Posted On Oct 15th, 2013, 10:44 pm
def agent carter but DONT change actress Hayley atwell is grt the short -she did was grt too if its changed -I for one wont watch-and I know others like her too and DONT do carter anywhere but abc/etc not everyone as Netflix/amazon etc-

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Message Posted On Oct 15th, 2013, 6:11 pm

Of course it would work on the small scale - just look at Smallville and Arrow, which have both worked on the smallest of networks.  They need to offer something more interesting, however, than these obscure human characters.  Neither SHIELD nor the proposed Agent Carter show will last more than a season IMO.  People want to see their favorite characters.  While Marvel has ruled the box office, DC has a much better strategy for TV..........

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