EDITORIAL: What ABC Should Do With New Marvel Show
What kind of show would fit in the MCU? What show would be the best way to introduce new characters and tell different stories than the live action movies? Find out here.
Yesterday, according to Deadline and reported by CBM's MarvelFreashman we learned Marvel TV division may be in talks to do an drama series based on the Avengers. It is said, “...the the connection to the Avengers franchise would be light as the project is expected to be set in the universe and feature some of its themes and feel but may not include any characters from Joss Whedon’s blockbuster.”
Of course this was met with mixed feelings from the fans. How could it be good? Well, this is my take on how ABC can make this one of the best live action shows ever.
I've been thinking of what Marvel could do with live action television series for some time now. And I have come with one conclusion. They should do a TV series based on the fantastic comic Secret Avengers.
Wait! Who are the Secret Avengers? Well, they're basically a special ops Avengers team. They save the world secretly, stop disasters from happening.
Would you have any characters from the films crossover?
Yes, in a way. I would have the characters crossover, just not the actors.
While Evans has done a great job in playing Cap, he is still portraying a character. It's the same with Bond, Sherlock Holmes, or Robin Hood. He can be recast for the TV series. People would understand this. And I doubt most would mind.
Despite he gets a lot of hate, Moon Knight would be an excellent addition to the MCU. He would be a sort of cool guy in the series, with all the gadgets, sort of a combination of Iron Man and Batman. I feel confident that he would be honestly a fan favorite of the team.
Some have felt a sort of Ninja, martial artist, should have been in the Avengers. Well, Shang-Chi would be the character for them. Being brilliantly used in the Secret Avengers series, it would be hard to have a live action version go wrong.
Who wouldn't like an Asgardian warrior on their team? Being sort of a combination of Wonder Woman and Thor. Valkyrie would be a great character for Cap to get on his team, giving a bit more muscle strength to the team as well.
Bringing even more strength to the team, Captain Britain would be an interesting addition to the cast of characters. It would also be interesting how he interacted with a certain other Captain...
War Machine would fill Iron Man's place, but would give us an unused character to develop. Sure he was in other movies, as he will be in the upcoming Iron Man 3 but that doesn't mean he just has to be a sort of sidekick to Iron Man all the time. He could be a part of his own team.
This would really give this character some time to shine. While Jeremy Renner played this character brilliantly in Marvel's The Avengers, he need a bit more time concentrated on him. This would also be a great place for him and Cap to butt heads a bit as they did in the original comics.
How can you top the incredible performance from Scarlett Johansson as the deadly spy? Well, you get the right director. More on that later. The deadly spy would make not only a great addition to the group, but would serve as a place to explore her character as well.
Others could include Falcon, Winter Soldier, Ms Marvel, Agent 13 (Sharon Carter), and Ant-Man after their live action debut.
What about Villains?
You have a lot to choose from here. From Aloysius Thorndrake, Zheng Zu, Max Fury (some slight variations would be necessary), and my personal favorite, John Steele. I'm sure there could be ways to weave even more villains in to keep the Secret Avengers busy.
How would you go about introducing the new characters in the MCU?
Much like the comic series, there would be episodes which introduce the character and show Cap asking them to be a part of the team. This could be used to let a character (if popular enough) have his own spin off TV series.
How would you keep up with all the continuity?
Since the whole team is a “secret” there would be no reason to have any of the characters mention the other team. The Secret Avengers would do their thing and the main stream Avengers would do their thing.
But who should direct? Who would be able to handle this many characters in a TV series and make everything look good on a TV budget?
Joss Whedon. Joss isn't the guy to be too high and mighty for a TV series and he can multitask well. I think he would honestly jump at the chance to do this. He would also be able to handle all the characters and use them the best way possible. This would also be nice as he could continue to work with Marvel and possibly see how it would be best to pull of the next Avengers film. If he didn't have time after a while, they could easily get someone else. But he should start it.
Why would this show be a success? With most loving the Avengers, I think this show would appeal to both fans and non fans of the genre. If Marvel hired Joss, they could even build up the fact they have the director of the Avengers. It would be something new we've never seen before on TV. There have been solo live action shows before in the superhero genre but besides a few non comic book based shows, there hasn't been any team up shows that I can recall.
Marvel could really have a gem with this idea. I honestly think it would be incredibly popular if done right and would give us something to watch till the next movie.
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