It looks like Marvel isn’t just going to be on Netflix any more as it was announced the company reached a deal with Hulu this week to produce the fan favorite series The Runaways. This is big news for comics fans, as this is just another outlet for them to see all of their favorite characters. With Netflix set to premiere miniseries for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders, the future's looking bright for geeks everywhere.
It makes you wonder what other series could Hulu produce from Marvel. With Netflix locking down many of the street-level heroes from New York, it would seem that series like Moon Knight and Blade would fit better with them, and with Ghost Rider premiering in Agents of Shield this fall, that is probably off the table. Fox still owns the rights to mutants and are in the progress of developing two series of their own, and it doesn’t seem like Marvel will be willing to part with many big-name Avengers with their cinematic universe in the process of blowing it up.
So, what does that leave Hulu with?
Well, so far, Hulu original series have been a bit on the lighter side with shows like Casual, Deadbeat and The Mindy Project (though there are also more dramatic series such as 11.22.63 and The Path), so it makes sense that they would want to pursue a different angle from the darker one Netflix is taking to distinguish themselves. So, here are five unique series that Hulu could pick up that would make for great online television.
5. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur
It was recently announced that little Lunella Lafayette is going to be the smartest character in the Marvel universe. It also just so happens that she is a pre-teen and has an enormous red Tyrannosaurus Rex for a pet. How could that be anything other than great? First of all, you would have an adorable girl who is brilliant performing experiments that could potentially rip the fabric of space time apart. Intelligence doesn’t equal wisdom, after all. She’s a pre-teen, which means you could pack it full of the kind of emotional drama all kids start going through at that age. If that’s not enough, it would have a character called Devil Dinosaur in it. I’m sold already.
4. The Howling Commandos
Agent Carter was recently cancelled by ABC and some fans are desperate to see her in action again. Well, The Howling Commandos (who you might remember from Captain America: The First Avenger) would give us a chance to see her in a setting that might be a bit more viewer friendly. The show would feature an elite team of soldiers fighting against Hydra during World War II, which is great because there are so many more stories you could tell from that era. Plus, most of the roles have already been cast with great actors such as Neal McDonough, Kenneth Choi, and, of course, Haley Atwell. The characters and premise are already there, which means it wouldn’t be a hard sell for audiences.
3. Cloak & Dagger
If Hulu is doing The Runaways, then Cloak and Dagger are going to show up at some point. It just makes sense for Hulu to start planning a spin-off series featuring Tyrone "Ty" Johnson and Tandy Bowen. The best part is that this is a series that can be edgy and dark without taking Netflix’s whole schtick. Cloak and Dagger are super powered teens who help teenage runaways and focus on fighting drug dealers using their powers of light and darkness. The series would definitely be more dramatic, but since the two protagonists would be older teenagers there is plenty of room for melodrama too, especially since they would be trying to stop drug dealers from preying on innocent victims.
Fans have been after a She-Hulk adaptation for a long time, but with Marvel slow to give women leading roles in their films, Hulu might be the best place for her to debut. Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner (the Hulk) and through an accident gained his super strength and green complexion. Luckily, she managed to keep her wits and actually came to embrace her newfound powers. Now, the character has been overly sexualized in the past, but I’m thinking if you focus on the fact she is a lawyer and do a courtroom drama series, it could be pretty great. Toss in some minor heroes and villains as guest stars with a little street justice and you’ve got the making of a Law and Order-type series with the law and order coming from the jade attorney.
1. Squirrel Girl
Everyone seems to love Squirrel Girl these days with both Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things) saying they would want to play the character. To be honest, Squirrel Girl is a bit ridiculous. She’s beaten everyone in the Marvel universe from Thanos to Dr. Doom single handedly. With Marvel getting ready for the big showdown with Thanos in the next Avenger’s movies, they probably aren’t looking to introduce a character in the cinematic universe that could kick his butt so easily. However, Hulu could totally jump on it and introduce the college-aged girl-hero trying to figure it all out. It would be a great, light-hearted superhero series that could play up the fan service to a little-known heroine with a cult following.
It’s safe to say that Marvel has a pretty rock-solid foundation on which to build nearly any series. With both movie and television successes — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still going strong, after all — they’ve shown that they can adapt their comics to media that can be enjoyed even by those who may not consider themselves “comic fans.” A partnership with Hulu to bring more Marvel stories to life will only help sharpen Marvel’s edge.
Check out the other amazing things coming down the pipeline from Marvel and Netflix in the video below:
What do you think? Which series or characters do you think should be adapted next?