Marvel has made a pretty seamless move to television in recent years, continuing their media domination with shows on both ABC and Netflix. Now, as the cinematic universe continues to grow, fitting in all the current and upcoming series is becoming more and more of a challenge.
Umberto Gonzalez over at Heroic Hollywood has unearthed a few rumors that may explain how Marvel plans to handle their future slate, including some new shows that may becoming down the pipes. Here's a few of the most interesting bits.
New Non-Netflix Shows
Rumor has it that Marvel is planning for some TV series that will not appear on Netflix and could pose more problems for connecting all the extraneous threads.
These shows include Cloak and Dagger, Ms. Marvel, and a Hulk prequel. Now, these are just rumors, but the it would make sense for Marvel to start pursuing more ideas, especially if they're unexpected. Still, we'll have to wait and see if these ever come to fruition.
Netflix's Second Phase
Netflix has excelled in bringing classic Marvel characters to the small screen. Honestly, if I could get four more shows exactly like Daredevil, I'd be one happy camper. This was one of the coolest scenes I've seen on TV in the past year, and the series confirmed my faith in Netflix for [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](tag:1168773), Iron Fist, and The Defenders.
As for Netflix rumors, let's start with Daredevil. Supposedly, all those Elektra casting videos from a couple weeks ago are real, and she will be making an appearance in season two.
Secondly, Marvel has allegedly been toying with the idea of throwing in some other characters—including Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider—into one of their Netflix properties, but all of those bring a set of problems. Either the special effects would be too demanding, or the tone of the character would be just a tad too gritty for this new world. Perhaps a short cameo will do.
The push for more crossover
To ensure their place in the MCU, the Marvel television shows are supposedly desperate for footholds in the form of big name actors from the movies. Apparently, in an ideal world we would get a Netflix movie or mini-series featuring Hawkeye or Black Widow, which would act as a connective bridge.
It's more likely, however, that we'll just see some of the film actors in a cameo, but even that may be hard to pull off.
In the end, Marvel is in a great place on TV with the success of Daredevil and Agent Carter, so now it's just a matter of keeping that momentum.
(Source: Heroic Hollywood)