Forget the film! After the success of Netflix's Daredevil, and with ABC shows [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) and Agent Carter renewed for more seasons, Marvel is taking over the small screen. The release of the films planned for phase 3 has essentially killed any hopes for a Black Widow movie, but could we get a TV show instead? This may well be the best move for the Russian Avenger, leaving far more time for backstory and plot development, as well as crossover opportunities. And with Disney planning to start their own Marvel TV channel, we may see Natasha Romanoff on our screens sooner than you think!
Yup, you read right, Disney have started talks to premiere a whole channel dedicated to Marvel. This would feature everything they have so far, from the Avengers cartoons to the ABC shows, although it's doubtful Netflix let Disney get their sticky fingers on the proposed Defenders series. So with hours of screen time to fill, what comic and movie characters could get their own shows?
The Red Death
The possibilities for a Black Widow TV show really are endless. We could finally find out just what happened in Budapest, witness the making of the Widow in the Red Room, or follow the consequences of Natasha revealing her clandestine past to the world at the end of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973). In fact, the show could be set in between the events of Captain America 2 and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), as Natasha tries to find a new alias. With her secrets and indiscretions leaked onto the internet for all to see, how could she hope to find peace, and is another identity really the best path for her?
In the meantime, she could try and make amends for her misdeeds, seeking out the people she hurt and their families. This could lead her to be embroiled in all kinds of conspiracies and threats, as Nathan Edmondson explores in his comic series Finely Woven Thread. Or we could follow Natasha on her missions for Shield: Marvel loves to shift genres in its creations. We've had the glossy superhero flicks in The Avengers, an intergalactic heist movie in Guardians of the Galaxy, so why not a dark spy caper for Black Widow?
Speaking of great comics...
Matt Fraction's run on the Hawkeye solo comic series was pretty iconic, and perfect for TV. Following the misadventures of Clint Barton when he's "not being an Avenger", the comic was down to earth, funny, and poignant. Obviously with the revelations in Avengers: Age of Ultron it doesn't make sense for MCU Clint to live alone in Brooklyn, but what if this TV show is a prequel? After Clint first joined Shield, before he met his wife, he defended his crappy apartment block from a gang of tracksuit bros. With help from his young protege, Kate Bishop, of course. And we don't have to look far for a script: fans are so enthralled by this idea that one Tumblr user, interestinggin has happily provided a snippet of how the show could start...
EXT. MANHATTAN - DAY
Devastation. POLICE and CITIZENS milling amongst the wreckage of the street. Lying on top of a car, clearly having fallen from a great height, a MAN, eyes closed, possibly dead.
CLINT (VO) [big intake of breath] Okay. This looks bad.
And we go into REWIND. The MAN flies upwards, flailing wildly, a bow rising up into his hand, finally crashing back through a reassembling window about SIXTY STORIES UP. PAUSE on the fist of an AIM AGENT just inches from his face.
Read more here! Trust me, you'll be glad you did. And with Kate Bishop on TV, this would lead nicely into another show for Disney's Marvel channel roster.
Because what the MCU is missing is definitely a teen show, right? Inspired by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, these youngsters decide to team up and save the day themselves. This was originally conceived in the wake of the Civil War: with all the adults too busy fighting each other, our young hero wannabes took it upon themselves to be Avengers.
This TV show could quite easily premiere after [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), following in the tradition of Agents of Shield by showing consequences of the films. And if Kate Bishop's Hawkeye (not the Hawkguy) has already made an appearance in Clint Barton's show, then it makes sense for her to form her own team in a spin off (of a spin off)!
While we're on the subject of Shield...
Ms Marvel and the Inhumans
Planning ahead is always good. It doesn't really make sense for Ms Marvel to appear before Captain Marvel's solo film, so this show would probably have to premiere in a few years. But that would give Agents of Shield plenty of time to develop their Inhumans, the team that Kamala Khan eventually joins. We could even see Skye lead the team, providing more glorious crossovers with the shows we already know and love.
And then we've got lots of shows intersecting with one another, feeding into the movies and building a huge universe that would parallel that of the comics. It's pretty exciting. Marvel are slowly taking over the world with their media empire, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for us!
But what do you think? Would Black Widow be better off with her own film, rather than a TV show? And is a whole channel dedicated to Marvel really necessary? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!