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ABC developing female-centric Marvel superhero show from Wonder Woman scribe

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Mar 5, 2021, 2:50 PM EST (Updated)

Beyond the box office, the MCU is continuing to expand its reach on the small screen as well.

After yesterday's Captain Marvel trailer and reported news of a Scarlet Witch series, Marvel is apparently looking for more female heroes on the small screen. Now, with the MCU currently thriving on Netflix, Hulu, and Freeform, an all-new female-fronted Marvel series is in the works at ABC. 

According to Deadline, a new superhero show is being developed by the network, which launched the TV side of the MCU with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back in 2013. Allan Heinberg, who wrote DC's big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman, will be writing the series. Details are still scarce, but it's reported to be an hour-long drama focusing on lesser-known female superheroes in the Marvel canon. 

In addition to writing the Wonder Woman script, Heinberg helped relaunch the character for DC Comics in 2006. He also wrote Young Avengers, as well as its sequel, Avengers: The Children's Crusade for Marvel Comics. 

The focus on lesser-known heroes will likely lead to speculation on which characters Marvel could draw from.

An obvious guess would be A-Force, the first all-female Avengers team that resulted from a Secret Wars crossover in 2015. They were also led by She-Hulk, who would certainly be a welcome addition to the MCU. Another possibility is Lady Liberators, who, despite a tone-deaf one-off appearance in Avengers #83 in 1970, was re-launched in 2008. It's worth noting that they were also led by She-Hulk.

There's also the Fearless Defenders, though they were led by Misty Knight and Valkyrie. The former is a major character in Netflix's Luke Cage, played by Simone Missick, while the latter is portrayed on the big screen by Tessa Thompson, so neither character would likely be available. 

Regardless of who makes the final roster, a female-centric superhero series will likely be a welcome addition to ABC's lineup. Other than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is starting its sixth season next summer, the network hasn't had the best luck with MCU shows. Agent Carter was well-liked but ended up canceled after two seasons. Then there was that lone season of Inhumans, which was not well-liked. 

Is there a female hero you'd like to see show up in Marvel's new network series? Let us know in the comments.