Marvel’s TV Plans Could Include Punisher, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye/Black Widow, More
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 4:30 pm
Marvel’s TV plans go far beyond Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, and the four series on Netflix. Following the major success of Daredevil, announcing that the two ABC shows have been renewed, and launching a spinoff series with 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley, comes a bunch of new rumors surrounding current shows and shows that have yet to air.
Learn more about these shows, plus reaction to them from the higher-ups below.
Umberto Gonzalez’s (also known as El Mayimbe, formerly of Latino Review) new site, Heroic Hollywood, was the first to report on the news.
Of all the current Marvel shows that are currently on air, the ABC Network ones are by far the weakest. Not by choice though. The constraints of network broadcast TV limits what the series can show and not show, as opposed to Netflix, where they are allowed to be a bit more graphic, gritty, and liberal on the choice of words. Plus there is the commitment of writing a full story arc for however many episodes the network has ordered, which is why 26 episodes may feel 13 episodes too long. Still, ABC seems to be happy with the ratings that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter have produced to renew them, and they studio is happy with the ratings that Daredevil has generated, although they won’t reveal the exact numbers.
As far as the Netflix series is concerned, there will most definitely be a second season. But we could see characters from the series as soon as later this year, when they crossover with A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Of course there is a good chance that Charlie Cox will make an appearance in one of the episodes, and it has been confirmed that Mike Colter will appear as Luke Cage towards the middle of the season.
With the success of the first season of Daredevil, new showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will be hard at work meeting fan expectations. Part of that includes introducing new characters that are familiar to Daredevil lore. According to the site, Elektra auditions are most definitely being held, and the character will definitely be making an appearance in season 2.
Marvel is also trying to work out a plan to weave Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider into the series. If that sounds crazy to you, it is because it is. For one thing, all three characters are much darker than Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist combined. The three also have violent tendencies. As to top it all off, Blade and Ghost Rider have supernatural elements, with the former being a half-human half-vampire who hunts vampire kind, and the latter being a stunt motorcyclist who is consumed by hellfire when searching for evil. Bringing those two characters to life on the small screen would require some heavy-duty CGI, which would up the budget cost.
If anything, bringing Punisher into the Daredevil world makes the most sense. Apparently the studio is going for “hard PG-13,” instead of an R. This would be a bit difficult for a character like The Punisher, If all three characters were to appear, it would be akin to the way the CW introduced The Flash on Arrow.
Continuing with the Netflix side of things, another rumor that is going around is that Netflix might be considering a limited-series run/film that centers on the relationship between Black Widow and Hawkeye. As we have seen in the previous two Avengers films, the bond between the two agents is deep, with the Hawkeye sparing Black Widow’s life. The two would eventually work together on missions, and the film could focus on their work before the Avengers first assembled. What ever happened in Budapest? However, so many things would need to be straightened out, HH says that this is very unlikely to happen.
Netflix is also working hard on trying to get the major film characters to appear on their shows. Netflix is particularly interested in bringing Doctor Strange to the Defenders for a cameo.
Turning away from Netflix, the site says that titles like Cloak and Dagger, Ms. Marvel, and a Hulk prequel are all coming our way. Ms. Marvel could act as a sort of lead-in towards the movie, maybe how Carol Danvers emerges with superhuman powers after being exposed to a Kree explosion.
The Hulk prequel is also a bit of a mystery since that would require Mark Ruffalo to reprise his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. We know that he only has a few Marvel films left on his contract, so if the prequel series does end up happening it means that he must have reworked the deal. Let’s not forget the budgetary costs to use the CGI to create the Hulk.
A Cloak and Dagger series would be interesting. They were first introduced in The Spectacular Spider-Man comics, but it is unclear if Sony ever had the rights to the character prior to the Spider-Man deal that was made earlier this year. How the two would fit into the MCU is also a mystery.
Finally, the Inhumans that were introduced during this season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will probably have nothing to do with the film itself. HH says that “the movie will ignore all or most of what the TV show has done.” This tells us a lot about the disjointed relationship between Marvel TV and Marvel Studios. Though they are under the same banner, it looks as though the film side of things don’t want to have anything to do with being connected to TV.