Which Heroes Should John Ridley's Top Secret New Marvel TV Show Be About?

Thursday, 06 August 2015 - 6:36PM
Thursday, 06 August 2015 - 6:36PM
Which Heroes Should John Ridley's Top Secret New Marvel TV Show Be About?
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As most of you already know by now, Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) is developing a new Marvel television series for ABC. The frontrunners for the focus of the series were believed to be the Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel, the crime fighting duo Cloak and Dagger, or a new TV-friendly Hulk. But in a new interview, Ridley says that all of the rumors floating around about his show are "phenomenally off-the-mark."

Also ruled out is, presumably, anyone already in the MCU, characters in development at Netflix, and properties belonging to Fox or Sony (X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man's universes). Plus, as a general rule, so-called street-level heroes tend to work better on television. Guys like Namor, Hercules, and Nova exist in worlds that are too large to be done justice on TV, and will likely pop up in the movies at some point.

So who's left? Here are our best guesses on who the show will be about.


Just because Ridley's show won't be about the Hulk directly, there's nothing preventing it from being about She-Hulk. She-Hulk has been one of Marvel's most popular and well-written female heroes for a long time, and a TV show about her has the potential to make CBS's Supergirl show look like a total joke (even more so than it already does, I mean).


Despite Wesley Snipes' claims that he's spoken to Marvel about incorporating Blade into the MCU, I don't see Marvel ret-conning Blade into the movies. What I do think is possible though is a Blade TV show. He's a recognizable name, which makes him less of a risk, and even in the comics he exists largely outside of the rest of the Marvel Universe. A Blade TV show could be a lot of fun (think Buffy but less funny and more violent), with or without Snipes as the lead.

Moon Knight

Netflix has seemingly scooped up all of Marvel's big name street-level heroes (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Punisher, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist) except one: Moon Knight. Moon Knight mostly works alone, has a unique origin (an Ancient Egyptian God gives him his powers in a pyramid!), and his power set is pretty basic (slightly enhanced strength, speed, etc. at night). He's kind of a poor man's Daredevil, but isn't ABC just a poor man's Netflix?


The group of teenagers who discover that A) Their parents are a group of supervillains, and B) They themselves have superpowers, had a film in development at Marvel for several years before being shelved. With nothing Runaways-related on the horizon until at least 2019 when Phase 3 ends, a Runaways TV show could be a great compromise. Plus, the ensemble cast seems to lend itself better to television, allowing more time to develop the characters and pursue stories.


Marvel recently regained the rights to their swamp creature from Lions Gate, and I think the character makes more sense as a TV show than a movie. Horror movies about swamp monsters don't pull in the kind of box office numbers Marvel demands from their films (Ant-Man is sitting at close to $300 million worldwide after three weeks and is considered a borderline flop), but a slightly campy horror TV show could really fit in nicely at ABC.

White Tiger

White Tiger is already on TV as a part of Spidey's crew on the cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man, but her teammates Powerman and Iron Fist already have live action shows on the way. White Tiger is another street-level hero who would presumably do better on TV than in a movie, and the fact that she's a latina woman would also help out Marvel's spotty track record when it comes to diversity.

Howard the Duck

Hey, there's nothing that says a Marvel TV series has to be about superheroes. A comedy featuring an anthropomorphic duck might be just what we're ready for as a society and 2015, and Marvel has been pushing the character recently with his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy last year and a return to comics in a well-received series. Just keep George Lucas far away from it.
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