It's no secret that Marvel is rapidly expanding their live-action universe, with multiple new properties announced (The Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Dr Strange and Black Panther), and a possible rights-sharing deal with Sony in the works (Spiderman for Civil War! C'mon...), but their presence on the small screen is still fairly minimal.
Thus far, we have the somewhat lackluster Agents of SHIELD, and the upcoming Agent Carter, both of which are directly tied to the Avengers characters and (to a lesser extent, at least for Agent Carter) the storyline.
There is no doubt that Marvel is setting it's sights on a more complex small-screen universe, and have made the decision to keep the majority of their shows firmly in the "spin off" category, and the universe connected (The exception, of course, being the Daredevil show currently filming for Netflix, which is the first of four new shows less directly connected to the movies, although they do exist in the same universe). Leaving aside (for now) the wisdom of actively choosing to connect the movie and TV-verse, there is just one question in my mind; what's next?
If the quad-project of Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist do well, Marvel may decide to go the same route as DC, making more shows that allow them to showcase the superheroes who aren't making it onto the big screen. In the meantime, however, there is one more spin-off that I would love to see: Lady Sif and the Warriors Three.
More specifically, I'm envisioning something that expands on the glimpses that we were treated to in the Thor movies; something that centers in Asgard, but allows for travel between the worlds, battling on a smaller scale far away from the Avengers and the worries of Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed their appearance in Thor: The Dark World and Agents of SHIELD, and would love to see these characters developed in their own show.
Rather than Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter, which are both very action/spy shows, this could be something to appeal to the sci-fi and fantasy lovers within the Marvel fandom. Not that Marvel is running particularly low on fans, but it would be nice to see them doing something different.
The massive popularity of shows such as Game of Thrones show that there is a huge audience for sword-fights, courts and magic, and Asgard is the perfect world to explore that. The success of Guardians of the Galaxy should make it clear that audiences are happy for worlds far from our own.
Visually, an Asgardian series would be incredible - rather than the dark and gritty take on superheroes that seems to be the norm right now, there is space for glorious color, incredible landscapes and a move out of the inner city. Seeing heroes in another setting would make a nice change, add more of an element of escapism to the Marvel-verse. Much as I love many of the ultra-realistic heroes currently gracing our screens, it would be nice to see something else to balance it out.
Not to mention the possibilities for costumes! One of the reasons that I am excited about Agent Carter is to see the 40's style in all it's glory, and to see the kinds of sweeping gowns and finely wrought armor that we see on Thor would be absolutely phenomenal. Every Marvel-loving cosplayer would be thrilled! Of course, the costs associated with such a visual spectacle are potentially much higher than those of, say, Agents of SHIELD, but somehow I feel that Marvel could manage it.
It would also be fantastic to see not just one, but multiple female-led superhero shows. It seems that the big studios have finally (finally!) started to clue in to the proportion of their fanbases who identify as female, and it would be a wise move to up the number of women leads.
Agent Carter is the first, and as part of the Daredevil series, Jessica Jones will also be getting her own show. It would be wonderful to see the classic representation of the warrior woman added to the ranks in the form of Lady Sif.
This would also be an interesting show somewhere in between the spin-off and the stand-alone. Obviously, anything focusing on characters that already exist within the movieverse has to be connected, but because this could take place far from Earth and it's issues, it wouldn't be limited by existing timelines or big events.
I feel like it would be the best of both worlds (see what I did there?) - allowing Marvel to reference movies in the show and vice versa, but without the issues that plagued Agents of SHIELD in it's first season.
Of course, when they did choose to connect my hypothetical Sif-show and the upcoming movies, it would fit perfectly with the working title of the next Thor - Ragnarok. Presumably Lady Sif will be returning for the third installment of the Thor films, and I personally would love to see her character become so much more than the oft-lovelorn companion of the man himself. Think how much more complex her (and the Warriors) appearances could be in films if there was an entire TV show developing and fleshing out their characters.
It may simply be that I am such a fan of the fantasy elements in comic books that I am overestimating the potential popularity of a show centered around Sif and the Warriors Three, but I really do believe that it has everything to make a successful show. It takes a different tack to any of the comic-book series currently on TV, would be female-led, visually stunning and balance the connection to the cinematic universe perfectly.
What do you think? Would you like to see a Sif and the Warriors Three Spin off?
Which other characters do you think would make a great spin-off show? Comment below and let me know!