Though ABC has been entertaining Marvel fans with Agents of SHIELD (and briefly Agent Carter) for years, it’s the studio’s Netflix output that has arguably been the most exciting for lovers of the franchise. There have been stumbling blocks like Iron Fist, but mostly it’s been a blast to see the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage build up to The Defenders.
However, any fans wishing to see this corner of the MCU expand in the future will be disappointed as it is being reported that Netflix won’t be getting any new TV shows from Marvel, though the current four that air on the site will continue. The reason why is because Disney is redirecting its Marvel content towards Hulu, Freeform, ABC and their upcoming streaming service. i.e. the companies and networks they have more of a stake in.
Given that, Marvel’s TV division will need to come up with some fresh content to populate these new wings of the franchise. Just in case some execs from the House of Ideas are reading, here are a few pitches for new Marvel TV shows starring anyone from their most famous heroes to lesser-known characters who deserve a shot on the small screen.
The Hulk has been such a big part of pop culture for so long that it seems downright idiotic that She-Hulk, Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters, has yet to make an appearance in live-action. In particular, basing a TV show around the character would make for an intriguing legal drama/superhero action series.
In the comics, Walters manages to balance her life as a lawyer alongside her career as a crime-fighter – and she doesn’t bother with secret identities either, choosing to remain in her green form. Obviously Daredevil has already touched on the idea of a superhero laywer but a She-Hulk series on, say, ABC could really get to grip with the fun clash of these two genres.
Again, it’s a dream format for network TV so it’s difficult to see why it hasn’t happened already. Maybe it’s to do with the complicated game of copyright tug-of-war between Marvel and Universal that keeps another Hulk standalone movie from being made? At some point, though – especially with Marvel making deals with Sony and Fox recently – this relationship will surely be thawed. If it is, a She-Hulk series should be one of the first fruits of the deal.