With the upcoming debut of Disney’s streaming platform, reportedly called Disney Play, and it’s store of Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and other films/shows to pull from there was a question about the future of Marvel-related content on Disney owned network ABC. It seems that ABC still has some Marvel stuff on the way.
According to Deadline, ABC has given a production commitment to a female superhero focused drama to be handled by Young Avengers comic co-creator & Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg. This hour-long series will be produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.
As the veteran Marvel series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enters a shorter sixth season next summer (potentially so that it comes after Avengers 4 and the resolution of Avengers: Infinity War‘s cliffhanger) and Marvel’s Inhumans crashed and burned after one lone season, it makes sense that ABC is looking for more Marvel related content. They attempted to develop a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff with Mockingbird known as Marvel’s Most Wanted but it never made it past the pilot stage.
This sixth season of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not billed as the last for the show after it has found a renewed footing in the recent fourth and fifth seasons, and having a companion series has helped in the past when the network had Marvel’s Agent Carter running alongside the Phil Coulson led series. Peggy Carter’s show and the upcoming untitled show aren’t the only female-led Marvel series the network tried to develop, as the original concept for Jessica Jones was floated around years ago as an ABC project before Marvel forged their deal with Netflix and it ultimately became a series there.
Reportedly this series will feature “lesser-known” female characters, which makes sense because Marvel Studios has the first crack at most of the larger heroes for their big screen efforts.
Heinberg is known by most comic fans for his aforementioned work on Young Avengers and both Wonder Woman comics and the movie, but he has a lot of TV experience as he’s worked on multiple of Shonda Rhymes ABC series including Grey’s Anatomy as well as Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C. and more.