We might be set to see a lot more Marvel on television.
We already know that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be around for at least a full first season on ABC, and we've heard the company's also quietly working on an Agent Carter series that may or may not feature Captain America: The First Avenger co-star Hayley Atwell. That's a lot of progress for a company that's only just gotten into the live-action TV business, but if what we just heard is true, it's only the beginning of some very epic plans.
According to Deadline, Marvel is preparing a "package of four drama series and a miniseries" that would comprise some 60 total episodes of television, and aiming to take said package around to "the VOD and cable space," eyeing outlets like Amazon, Netflix and WGN America. At this point we have no idea how soon we'd see these shows, who'd star in them, or even what they're about, and it's not clear whether this package would include the rumored Agent Carter show. What's more, no one from Marvel has gone on the record yet about whether this is even real.
So, keeping in mind that this is still unconfirmed, it's hard not to consider whether it's a realistic plan. Marvel's certainly reached this level of ambition, and even beyond, with its film slate, but can television really work at this scale? Granted, what these shows would be about, how they would connect (if at all) and how much they would cost are all still very murky, but even if Marvel did wrangle all these productions into submission simultaneously, who would be willing to take this big of a gamble on such a large package of programming? Would Netflix buy four shows at once to prove their ever-growing mettle in the original programming market? Would Amazon snatch it up? Would a cable network that's still trying to make its original programming slate work jump at the chance? There are a lot of unanswered questions that'll likely stay unanswered until someone at Marvel decides to speak up, but one thing's for sure right now: This is damned exciting for Marvel fans.
What do you think? Will this really happen? And if so, will it succeed?