Marvel movies tend to get the lion's share of attention, but Marvel is doing an awful lot on the TV side of things as well. Not that people aren't aware of what is going on with The Defenders on Netflix or, more recently, with Inhumans, which will debut on ABC later this month. ABC was the home to Marvel's first show of the modern era, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but certain properties have made their way to other networks and services. However, Marvel's head of TV Jeph Loeb assures that ABC is still the "mothership" for Marvel TV in the future.
Jeph Loeb recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about Inhumans, which made its debut in IMAX theaters over the weekend, even though it arrived with a thud. While speaking about the bigger picture, Loeb was asked whether or not there are any other projects in development at ABC. He assured that there is and, more importantly, confirmed that ABC is still where Marvel TV will live, since it is a Disney network. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Absolutely. Absolutely. Obviously these aren't things I can talk about. But look, as it is with every single one of the networks that we have gotten with that this is with, and whether it's Fox or it's FX or it's Freeform, or it's Hulu, or it's Netflix, ABC is always going to be our mothership. It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we're a good fit for each other."
As Jeph Loeb points out, shows like Legion, which airs on FX, and Daredevil, which is on Netflix, have found homes outside of ABC. There are also upcoming shows like Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors, which are both set for Freeform, as well as Hulu's Runaways. Despite other networks being better fits for these shows, Loeb feels that ABC has a good working relationship with Marvel right now.
"We speak a lot of the same language and the kinds of things that are important to them, which is people rising up again adversity; real emotion; a strong female character, but also a strong sense of family and questions of identity. All of those things are key to being a successful ABC show, but they're also key to being a Marvel show. So in that way we're going to go and see what happens along the way."
Even though the early reviews for Inhumans have been pretty bad, to say the least, it marks the third Marvel show that is going to air on ABC, following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. All of the shows seem to have a similar tone that works for a major network. Other shows like Legion, or the upcoming Punisher Netflix series, definitely wouldn't have worked that way. Jeph Loeb makes it clear that just because those shows happen doesn't mean that ABC isn't a big part of their plans going forward.
"I think people confuse the fact that we go to other networks as a sign that we're not on ABC. The truth of the matter is that those shows weren't appropriate for us to be on ABC. How do we know that? We talk to ABC and we talk about what is it that you're looking for? What [ABC] got excited about Marvel's Inhumans was the family drama aspect of it and the possibilities of something that had a big epic feel to it, but at the same time something that was small and intimate enough that they could get an audience hooked on it and so that's where we started."
If Marvel continues to find success on the small screen, there is no reason to think more Marvel shows won't pop up in the near future. Even if Inhumans bombs, which it looks like it very well may. As Jeph Loeb points out, there are other shows in the works, but he can't say anything about them right now. So expect the ABC Marvel shows to keep coming in the future.