Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Marvel Developing Several New Series for Distribution

In yesterday's news...but it's something I'm very interested in so I'm writing it up anyway:

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a hit...and it seems to have either gone to Marvel's head or inspired the studio to do better. It seems that, despite top-shelf secrecy by Marvel, Deadline has learned that Marvel Studios has as many as 5 episodic series in the works and that they will be pitching those shows to cable companies and video-on-demand companies in the nearish future.  

Apparently, everyone involved in the process is bound by some pretty air-tight non-disclosure agreements so details as to just what properties are being developed are, at the moment, non-existent.  The article does mention that Marvel may be considering distributing the multiple mystery series, 4 dramas and 1 mini-series, to Netflix, Amazon Instant and WGN, among other companies, and that thing are still in the very early stages of development.

Without much to go on it's only fair to begin wild speculation about just what properties Marvel is developing for these series.  It is possible that the much discussed Agent Carter series, which would focus on Peggy during the early years of S.H.I.E.L.D., is one of the shows; it's also possible there are 5 other series being developed in addition to Agent Carter.  Marvel has a whole host of properties that potentially make for better weekly episodics than they do films and it's possible that all or any of them are in the mix here.  Daredevil, Heroes for Hire and The Punisher are all done more justice with the ability to tell larger arcing stories and allow for more character development both of which would be possible if done as a series.  Marvel has already had The Punisher and a pseudo-Heroes for Hire show in development in the past, so it isn't a stretch to see them reincarnated now.  The mini-series is more intriguing.  Mini-series typically end in large-scale payoffs after lengthy build-ups.  How big will Marvel go on the small screen?  Could it be something like a Civil War story line?  Time will tell friends...and I'll be here to splatter my brains about it when I find out!