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While the Marvel Cinematic Universe gets most of the attention the Marvel's television division has been on a roll as of late. Starting with 2013's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it has quickly grown to include the retro series Agent Carter and the upcoming Legion and Cloak & Dagger for FX and Freeform, respectively. Despite these shows being on big networks the most successful has been the ones developed for Netflix. Given more freedom than regular television they have been able to explore darker corners of the MCU that were previously unseen.
San Diego Comic-Con just wrapped up and the Marvel Netflix panel revealed tons of plans for the future. Not only did learn Daredevil would get a third season but we've gotten trailers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist and 2017's The Defenders. As cool as all of this is I can't help but wonder what they have planned beyond that. We know a Punisher series is coming but not much else. With all of this in mind I decided to throw 4 Show Ideas For Marvel Netflix Phase 2 .
1. The Unsung Hero: A Hawkeye Mini-Series
One of the biggest talking point about the Marvel shows is the lack of synergy with the MCU. Aside from one off episodes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the movies and shows rarely interact with one another. This could be remedied if they were to do a miniseries having that mixes the two worlds and there's no better hero for this than Hawkeye.
While Hawkeye has appeared in several Marvel movies we don't know much about Hawkeye. All we have is that he is a pretty cool dad and he really doesn't like Tony Stark anymore. A Netflix would be the perfect place to expand his character. There are tons of ways to do the show whether it be a serious man on the run, post-Civil War show or more of a casual vibe like Matt Fraction's run on Hawkeye. Not only would a Netflix series would be able to develop his character without being constrained to two hours but it would be the perfect way to integrate the Netflix shows and the MCU proper. With Jeremy Renner willing to do a Netflix series there's no reason for this not to happen.
2. Marvel's Version Of The Wire: A Brett Mahoney Series
One of the most interesting parts of the Netflix shows is that they focus on small-time heroes. The ones who deal with crime too small for the Avengers to attend to. While the likes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones are at the forefront always in the background is Brett Mahoney of the NYPD. A semi-regular in Daredevil as an informant for The Man Without Fear, he was made Sargent in Season 2 after getting credit for capturing The Punisher. Now that he's more than just a beat cop I think it would be the perfect place to start a Brett Mahoney spin-off.
The crime drama is one of the most popular genres on television. Time and time again it's been proven to work for genre leaning shows like Grimm, The X-Files and Gotham. Why not try it in the MCU? What would it be look to not only be worried about corrupt cops, but crime lords with superpowers trying to conquer the streets? There are more than enough villains to be the focus of a season and it would explore one of the more overlooked supporting characters in the Netflix group of shows. With the right creative team behind it a Brett Mahoney series could easily become The Wire, but with superpowers.
3. Redemption Song: A Songbird Series
Everyone loves a good redemption story. There is just something that gets people about someone who has done wrong, but is trying to better themselves. Stories that make us believe that people can change and that the world can become a better place. It certainly makes for good fiction like The Shawshank Redemption, The Wrestler and Schindler's List. We've even seen the trope in comic book movies like Iron Man with Tony Stark trying to redeem himself. But what about a super villain who wants a second chance? Enter Songbird.
Introduced as Screaming Mimi in Marvel Two-in-One #54 she drifted around the Marvel Universe before joining the original incarnation of The Thunderbolts and becoming a superhero. Since then she has gone on to be a regular character in the Marvel universe and even an Avenger in the latest incarnation of The New Avengers. With her main power being a sonic scream like the Canary Cry on Arrow it's certainly doable for a Netflix series. More importantly it's a novel idea that we really haven't seen Marvel do yet.
4. Agent Carter: The Final Season
One of the most beloved characters to come out of Captain America: The First Avenger was Peggy Carter. A British agent working with the US military, she quickly became a fan favorite by being more than just a damsel in distress and love interest to Captain America. She was so popular that she got her own series as a mid season replacement for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With a lighthearted feel and retro style Agent Carter quickly grew a cult following. Despite this loyal fanbase and critical acclaim the show was cancelled this past May. Almost immediately the fans jumped into action setting up a petition that received over 100,000 signatures.
With such a dedicated audience why not give the fans what they want and have one last season of Agent Carter? Star Hayley Atwell has already teased that there were already plans for the next season and she seems more than willing to return for a third season. Beyond that, it would be a breath of fresh air for the Marvel's Netflix lineup. For the most part they are dark, grimy shows that take place in New York. Agent Carter would provide a show that is not only stylistically different but could potentially appeal to a different audience. As far as I can tell there's no downside to letting Peggy Carter have one last adventure.
While these are just a few ideas I have faith in whatever Marvel Television does. For the past few years they have provided some high quality programming and it looks like this well into 2017.