There's more Marvel coming to your TV!
John Ridley — who produced 12 Years a Slave and American Crime — is developing a television series for ABC based on an unnamed Marvel property.
A brief reminder of the existing Marvel properties out there in the onscreen universe: In theaters, every single Avengers movie, the new Spider-Man movie(s), and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies; on live-action television, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D spin-off, and Daredevil; and in animated form, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Oh, and an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy animated show.
The conundrum for Ridley is that most of their major properties are kind of already taken. So what could his series be about?
1) Black Panther
Black Panther is an Avenger! He's also one of the only ones who hasn't gotten a movie yet. That's going to be fixed in 2018, but if history is any indication, a movie is just a jumping-off point for a TV series at this point.
Also, Black Panther is one of the only black superheroes. Ridley's career has focused on people of color, so this would be a logical choice.
CORRECTION: This article originally suggested it would be Ant-Man, who is also an Avenger with a movie coming out soon. Ant-Man is getting a movie this year, but is a white guy in the comics and the upcoming film.
2) Ms. Marvel
Along those same lines, Ridley might choose to tell the story of the new Ms. Marvel. Ms. Marvel has been a few different women, but last year, Marvel relaunched her as a Muslim teenager named Kamala Khan.
Carol Danvers' Ms. Marvel — the original incarnation of the character — was supposed to be in this upcoming Avengers movie, but was cut out because the studio felt she needed a proper introduction for fans. A TV show would be a good way to do that.
Yes, we already have an Iron Man. But Robert Downey Jr. is something of a method actor when it comes to playing Tony Stark: His budget negotiations have been a thorn in Marvel's side for the past few years.
What if we met a new, younger Iron Man, in a story line that focuses more on Tony Stark's personal problems? (In the comic books, his alcoholism played a big role.) A TV series reinventing the superhero could pave the way for Downey to be replaced.
4) A Guardians of the Galaxy TV show
OK, we don't know why they'd do this, or how they'd get all the stars to agree to do a TV series. Also, Marvel recently announced they're doing this as an animated series, so an additional live version is... unlikely, to say the least. We just really really want more Guardians in our lives.
What do you think John Ridley is working on?
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