10 Obscure Marvel Concepts For Joss Whedon's Marvel Television Show

By now, everyone has listed all of the popular and obvious choices for a Marvel television show. But Marvel has a tendency to surprise from time to time. Here are some obscure properties rife with television potential.

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By Mark Julian - 8/10/2012
Sure we all know the favorites and obvious choices, Heroes for Hire, Daredevil, Punisher, AKA Jessica Jones, etc. But what if Marvel went totally left field in their selection of characters for a Marvel television show. Here's where such a search could lead----


Show: Night Shift
First Appearance: Captain America #330 (June 1987)
Cast: Shroud, Werewolf by Night, Dansen Macabre, Digger, Needle, Tatterdemalion, Gypsy Moth
Premise: A group comprised of mostly criminals who pull capers against other criminals. They've been known to help superheroes fight bad guys only to help themselves to the spoils after the battle is done. The makeup of the characters would definitely harken back to Joss' Buffy days.



Show: Howling Commandos
First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963)
Cast: "Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, Montgomery Falsworth, Jacques Dernier
Premise: We saw this team in Captain America: The First Avenger but with the film focusing on Cap, we didn't explore the back story for any of these characters who had evidently been a group long before Cap came on the scene. It would be interesting to see what these guys did before Cap and what they did after he was gone. Joss has done sci-fi, horror, comedy. mythology and even Shakespeare. How could would it be to see what he could do with a period drama that has World War II as its backdrop.



Show:Agents of ATLAS
First Appearance: What If #9 (June 1978) Composed of characters from Marvel predecessor Atlas Comics who appeared in stories from the 50's
Cast: Jimmy Woo, The Uranian, Venus, Namora, M-11, Gorilla Man
Premise: The group was formed in Spring 1958 by FBI Agent Jimmy Woo to rescue President Dwight D. Eisenhower from the villainous Yellow Claw (think Marvel version of Vandal Savage). One-part Johnny Quest, Two-Parts James Bond and All-Parts nostalgia, a series featuring the Agents of Atlas would be a decided step in the noir direction. Think Mad Men but you know, with a talking Gorilla.



Show: Great Lakes Avengers
First Appearance: The West Coast Avengers vol. 2, #46 (July 1989)
Cast: Flatman, Doorman, Mr.Immortal, Big Bertha, Squirrel Girl
Premise: There have been many different members on this roster of heroes not quite popular or powerful enough to make it on the mainstream Avengers. You're talking about the obscure of the obscure when you look at some of the rosters that have have comprised this team. In that sense, it would make for one heck of a comedy show, especially with Whedon at the steering wheel. Imagine a show set in the MCU, post-Avengers where the announcement of the team prompts all sort of costumed weirdos to pop out of the woodwork. And in an effort to catalog and contain these individuals S.H.I.E.L.D. starts the Great Lakes Avengers Initiative. I'd pay to watch this show just to see the spectacle of Mr. Fantastic rip-off, Flatman and the 2nd season Michonne-esque debut of Squirrel Girl. Think about it.


Show: Damage Control
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents #19 (May 1989)
Cast: Ann-Marie Hoag, Robin Chapel, Albert Cleary, John Porter, Tom Foster
Premise: While obscure, an idea for this show has been bandied about on quite a few internet sites. Created by the late, great, Dwayne McDuffie, the basic premise is that with all the superhero battles that take place which cause unfathomable amounts of public destruction, Tony Stark creates a construction company that specializes in cleaning up the after the epic fights are over. Reportedly causing $160B worth of damage to New York City in The Avengers, this would be the least Stark could do to atone for his superhero antics. Would be a good way to have a Hulk show without actually having Mark Ruffalo.


Show: Secret Warriors
First Appearance: Mighty Avengers #13 (July2008)
Cast: Nick Fury, Quake, Slingshot, Stonewall, Hellfire
Premise: The sons and daughters of prominent Marvel Universe villains, Nick Fury takes it upon himself to recruit these individuals for clandestine S.H.I.E.L.D. operations against HYDRA and other rival espionage agencies. This would be a pretty serious affair with plenty of intrigue and surprises. Think 24.



Show: Skrull Kill Krew
First Appearance: Skrull Kill Krew #1 (September1995)
Cast: Ryder, 3-D Man, Catwalk, Dice, Moonstomp, Riot
Premise: An unlikely choice, the Skrull Kill Krew were everything right and wrong about the '90s. Created by a team of Grant Morrison and Mark Millar of all people, the teams harkens back to the early days of the Fantastic Four and their encounter with Skrulls. Reed defeats the Skrulls by brainwashing the shape-shifters into thinking that they are cows. These cows are then slaughtered for meat and the people that eat these Skrull burgers are then given Skrull-esque powers. Weird I know, but that's the '90s for you.



Show: The A-Next
First Appearance: What If #105 (February 1998)
Cast: Thunderstrike, Cassie Lang, Mainframe, J2, Jubilee, American Dream
Premise: A nice jaunt to the future to follow the next generation of Avengers, a few of which just so happen to be offspring of current members, would be a nice way to introduce a television show tied to the MCU while avoiding any continuity issues. The show could also foreshadows the events of what is still to come in the movie-verse.



Show: Project Pegasus
First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One #42 (August 1978)
Cast: Robert Rider, Darkhawk, Wendell Vaughn, Michael O'Brien, Bill Foster,
Premise: Created to research alternative forms of energy, we saw Project Pegasus in action in the MCU already. Of course Loki destroyed it, but that wouldn't keep S.H.I.E.L.D. from simply rebuilding and relocating. If you want to explore alternate realities and dimensions, this is the place. I 'm picturing something like Sliders when I think about the potential for this show.



Show: The Vault
First Appearance: Avengers Annual #15 (1986
Cast: Take your pick from Marvel's Superhuman Criminal stable
Premise The Vault is the superhuman prison where captured super villains go once their story arc is over....I mean when they're defeated. Imagine HBO's Oz but with super villains for inmates.

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Asterisk - 8/10/2012, 2:57 PM
Man, I'd love to see Skrull Kill Krew. That and Great Lakes Avengers.
Kingdork - 8/10/2012, 2:58 PM
I vote for Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E, which isn't on the list.
DEADP0000L - 8/10/2012, 2:58 PM
chimichangas!!

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BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 8/10/2012, 3:00 PM
The Vault, Damage Control, A-Next, Secret Warriors !
MisterNiceGuy - 8/10/2012, 3:04 PM
NEW WARRIORS or THUNDERBOLTS!!!!!!! not really relivant to Whedons phase 2 but WHO CARES!!!! i wanna see penance (post: gay blue outfit) tear shit up
DanteSparda - 8/10/2012, 3:04 PM
From that list I would go for Agents of ATLAS.

But I rather see Heroes of Hire or Runaways.
TheRedSkull - 8/10/2012, 3:05 PM
nice
TheBigBoss917 - 8/10/2012, 3:06 PM
Im high as [frick] right now and this article scares me
Marqy47 - 8/10/2012, 3:06 PM
Howling Commandos !!! I know you guys cant see me but I am really liking this .. like a 15 year old girl liking something
splashcomix - 8/10/2012, 3:07 PM
Thunderbolts
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 8/10/2012, 3:10 PM
"Squirrelgirl has Nutsacks!" LOL.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 8/10/2012, 3:17 PM
bad felling about this tv stuff
TayDee - 8/10/2012, 3:21 PM
The safest thing is to make a show about shield but that will get boring after a while
Turtlestrong - 8/10/2012, 3:25 PM
The Vault please!

Or NCIS in the Marvel Universe.

This is interesting stuff, I'd like to see what they come up with. Hopefully it is something that is connected to the MCU, but also can have a life of it's own so that it isn't forced to be linear due to the movies.

RedeyeJedi - 8/10/2012, 3:26 PM
@DEADP0000L- Damn, now I must consume Mexican food.Oh, well, I live in Texas so at least it'll be easy.
CherryBomb - 8/10/2012, 3:27 PM
Agents of Atlas! One of my favourites!
I'd really love that to get an adaptation. I think it'd be great.

I'd also love to see Cloak and Dagger go ahead.

gljordan51 - 8/10/2012, 3:31 PM
Thunderbolts could be a possibility thinking that their comic was all about their tv show....plus who wouldn't love the penance storyline
Ha1frican - 8/10/2012, 3:31 PM
Its Hulk... Guillermo del tro said they were just waiting on a big name writter to move forward, Mark ruffalo signed a deal but there has been no movement for films and Marvels plate is pretty much full in that regard. Plus who betterto adapt the film Hulk to TV than the man thta wrote that iteration of him. All the peices fit.
Guerillas - 8/10/2012, 3:32 PM
heh. the vault= superhero oz? nice, man love!
Turtlestrong - 8/10/2012, 3:36 PM
If Joss Whedon and Guillermo joined forces for the Hulk, then it better become one of the best TV shows of today.

I'd give it a shot, even if it was 45 minutes of the Hulk taking a crap on the toilet.
Bread - 8/10/2012, 3:38 PM
I have a feeling that there will be an avengers spoof movie called Great Lakes Avengers :)
Bread - 8/10/2012, 3:40 PM
Even though they announced a while back that the punisher TV seris got scrapped, I hope thats what we get. The punisher is probably the best character for a tv show
PaulRom - 8/10/2012, 3:41 PM
Of the ones on the list, I'd go with Howling Commandos. Would enjoy seeing a HC show.

Though, Whedon working on the Hulk TV series with Del Toro just sounds amazing.
dezdigi - 8/10/2012, 3:43 PM
The only one that sounds good is The Vault.
Turtlestrong - 8/10/2012, 3:49 PM
what if it is....


Howard the Duck?
Durf - 8/10/2012, 3:50 PM
Nice work. I think pretty much all of these could work. I think The Vault interests me most though
Optimus83 - 8/10/2012, 3:52 PM


and Miss Marvel with Sarah Michelle Gellar???
marantaz - 8/10/2012, 3:54 PM
I hope Whedon will want do a show about SHIELD. It will give him the opportunity to introduce Marvel characters to the general audience through their interactions with Shield Agents; kind of like a bunch of Agent Coulsons (he may even reveal that Coulson's not dead this way). And it will allow him to showcase new heroes each week or two, and Marvel can evaluate which ones get the most positive responses. I think the power he's been given by Disney/Marvel is considerable... $1.5 Billion in box office, maybe as much, maybe more, than another $.5 Billion in DVD sales, rental and pay TV? Yeah, got a lot of power now. He means more to Disney/Marvel than Nolan does to Warner/DC...he's the Stan Lee of Marvels movie and TV empire... where Whedon leads Marvel follows.
TheOverlord - 8/10/2012, 3:57 PM
Call it "Marvels" and do all of the above.
Turtlestrong - 8/10/2012, 4:05 PM
I don't know if they have the rights to them, but maybe it would be something called: Shi'ar

About the rise and fall of the Shi'ar empire.

Or better yet, the story of Lilandra and her sister growing up in the empire, faced with the destiny we know they will have with the x-men and the other cosmic adventurers.

Or maybe if they get Silver surfer they could do a show about Silver Surfer as Norin Radd, before he was turned herald for galactus.
marvel72 - 8/10/2012, 4:09 PM
agents of atlas would be great if they could pull it off.
kemuael - 8/10/2012, 4:13 PM
Well its Joss Whedon so whatever Marvel characters he chooses AM SO THERE!!!!
Dechiriko - 8/10/2012, 4:17 PM
GLA FTW
AmazingFantasy - 8/10/2012, 4:28 PM
Runaways goddamit
Fabs - 8/10/2012, 4:30 PM
TV rights are different and separate from film rights. Which means that while Disney cannot produce films with properties licensed to Fox & Sony for use in film, some of these properties MIGHT still reside with Disney/Marvel when it comes to TV rights. That means Spiderman, FF, DD & X-men are not necessarily out of the picture for TV production...
MatioShack - 8/10/2012, 4:31 PM
Damage Control actually sounds like a really interesting premise. It could reference stuff that the Avengers are doing between movies. We can't be expected to believe that the Avengers have only been in one fight (two by 2015 probably).
tweeeeenkies3 - 8/10/2012, 4:37 PM
Cloak and Dagger is what I want to see most.
Or the Runaways.

Agents of ATLAS could be fun too!
DarthLaney - 8/10/2012, 4:58 PM
Original New Warriors would be great
DioFoRio - 8/10/2012, 5:00 PM
Damage Control for sure. Cameo a new super hero. Explains what happens after the large battles. Action and comedy. Boom. Done.
DioFoRio - 8/10/2012, 5:04 PM
Damage Control is also owned by Wilson Fisk. It's an insurance agency.
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