It looks like ABC is in development on a new Untitled Marvel TV Series. As for what it could be? That remains rather mysterious right now, but this is still an interesting tidbit for fans. ABC was given the first live-action TV series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe era in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is still going but is nearing the end of its run. Since ABC is owned by Disney, it would make sense to continue that relationship with a new show in the future and it sounds like those discussions are taking place.
The news comes from ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who discussed in a recent interview the possibility for more Marvel taking place on the network in the future. She was very tight-lipped on the details, as is typically the case with Marvel projects, until the time is right. For now, here's what Dungey had to offer on the subject.
"In terms of Marvel, we have some things that we are in discussions with them right now that we are in development. I'm very excited about it."
Aside from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will air a shortened sixth and possibly final season next summer, ABC also aired two seasons of Agent Carter, which had a devoted fan base but just not enough to justify keeping it on the network, as well as Inhumans, which was, by all accounts, a disaster. Inhumans was trashed by critics and fans alike, resulting in poor ratings and a lack of renewal for a season 2. That's left the future of Marvel on ABC somewhat in doubt. It also reveals that the network has had mixed results with their Marvel endeavors.
As for what these discussions entail and what show they could ultimately lead to? That's anyone's guess. The version of Ghost Rider that showed up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, as portrayed by Gabriel Luna, was quite popular. Perhaps give him a show? It's also been a long time since we've seen anything from Blade. Though, that may be tough to pull off effectively on network television. Beyond that, Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, which will give them the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Perhaps ABC could develop something in the X-Men universe? Maybe do a YA take on some of the mutants?
Another thing worth considering is the fact that Disney is funneling a lot of resources to their new streaming service, which launches next year. There are Marvel shows being developed for the service as well, which could possibly get in the way of a new ABC series being a priority. For now, all anyone can do is speculate wildly until the powers that be decided to provide us with additional information on the matter. This news comes to us courtesy of Deadline.