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Development: Marvel female superhero show shelved; Cloak & Dagger premiere date; Danai Gurira & Lauren Cohan's Walking Dead status

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Feb 5, 2019

There's good and bad news on the Marvel TV front to kick off this latest development round-up.

First, the bad news: An untitled Marvel female superhero series that was under development at ABC has been shelved, according to Deadline. The network decided not to order a pilot for the program, which was created by Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg.

There have been few details available about the show, although it was said to be an hour-long drama based on some of Marvel's lesser-known characters. Some of the teams from the comics that had been speculated as potential material for the show included A-Force (shown above), the Lady Liberators, and the Fearless Defenders, all of whom have featured established Marvel heroes at one point or another.

It's not clear whether ABC will try to re-develop the show or move on, but apparently the network does want to bring a new Marvel series to the screen. Its sole Marvel title at the moment, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been renewed for two more (shorter) seasons.


Cloak and Dagger

Credit: Freeform/Marvel

On the bright side, Freeform's Marvel show Cloak & Dagger will return for its Season 2 premiere on Apr. 4, 2019, according to CBR. That lines up with the network's announcement last July that the show had been renewed and would launch its second season this spring. The first season ended on Aug. 2, 2018.

The premiere will be two hours, but little else has been revealed about the direction of the second season. Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt will return respectively as Tyrone Johnson/Cloak and Tandy Bowen/Dagger, with the superpowered pair most likely to face off against Brigid O'Reilly (Emma Lahana), who ended the first season by transforming into the potentially vengeful Mayhem.

Also returning for a second year are Andrea Roth as Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, Gloria Reuben as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, Miles Mussenden as Tyrone’s father Michael Johnson, and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors.


Danai Gurira Michonne The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Could Danai Gurira's breakout role as Okoye in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War throw a wrench into her continued involvement with The Walking Dead? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gurira's contract is up after the current season, and she is in what is described as "prolonged negotiations" to return as Michonne for Season 10 of the AMC series.

Complicating matters is Gurira's presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as head of the Dora Milaje, a role she established last year in Black Panther and reprised in Avengers: Infinity War. Okoye survived the Thanos snap at the end of that film and is almost certain to return in April's Avengers: Endgame and the next Black Panther movie.

As for whether she stays with The Walking Dead, AMC programming president David Madden said, "(Gurira) has been very vocal about saying that she loves the show. We love Danai; we love that character. Right now, she's got a lot of opportunities and she needs to weigh what she feels is best for her. But we certainly would want her on the show as long as she wants to be on it."

Gurira herself has been ambiguous about her future plans; when asked last September how long she could see herself decapitating walkers as Michonne, she replied, "I can't share that at this moment."

In related news, THR also reports that AMC is playing around with the idea of a Walking Dead spin-off centered around Maggie (Lauren Cohan). The character was only seen on a limited basis in the first half of Season 9, with Cohan leaving to launch a new show called Whiskey Cavalier after negotiating her own contract for months with the network.

Cohan was asked about the spin-off while promoting her new show, saying, "There may have been some conversations but everything is so early days ambiguous. Me, as much as anybody, we'll have to see what happens." A Maggie-based movie has also been reportedly considered.

The Walking Dead returns this Sunday (Feb. 9) for the premiere of Season 9's second half.


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