Saturday, January 18, 2014

Updates on Marvel's Agent Carter, Netflix Series

As Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to pick up steam through a string of impressive episodes, the studio is developing several properties for 2015 and beyond. After the jump, we'll update Agent Carter, The Defenders and more...

ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee updated the company's plans for a second series based on a Marvel property yesterday, confirming that an Agent Carter TV series, based on Haley Atwell's character, is in active development. The series is expected to pick up where the Agent Carter One-Shot left off, with Peggy headed to run the Strategic Scientific Reserve, the agency which served as a pre-cursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. The series, presumably set in the 1940s, would open up an entirely new group of characters (Howling Commandos, Invaders, etc.) from Marvel's stable, both hero and villain, and could serve as a companion piece to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 In an interview with Collider, Lee detailed the plans for the series. "In terms of Agent Carter, the script has come in. It's a really good script, written by [Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely, who are great." Markus and McFeely are certainly familiar with the character of Peggy Carter, having written the script for Captain America. Lee went on to say,"Also, Tara [Butters] and Michele [Fazekas] are on that one. That certainly has a chance to be on the network." Butters and Fazekas, creators of the former CW series, Reapers, seem set to take over as showrunners should the pilot episode, which has not been ordered just yet, impress the studio.

Lee went on to describe ABC's plan but also touched on another hot topic: Marvel's deal with Netflix to develop new series. He said, "We're looking for big, broad plays that we can plan on ABC, and really make great Marvel super-fan shows for Netflix."

Lee is referring to the deal to bring Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones to Netflix in individual, 13-episode series before uniting them into The Defenders, a mini-series with a yet unannounced release date. The news that these shows are for "super-fans" is probably the highlight of the interview. While I'm still enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it's clear that ABC/Marvel have taken baby steps and have no intention of "nerding-out" on the show. It seems they are saving that for their Netflix series where they will have much more freedom to play without the restrictions of "family-friendly" TV. While I don't expect the shows to go the explicit-mature route of the Jessica Jones-centric Alias comics, I do suspect there will be more violence and adult-level content.