According to the latest industry sources, ABC wants to develop two TV shows with Marvel. One would be developed by Oscar winning writer John Ridley and is rumored to be based on the new Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel. The other would be a spinoff from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which is said to focus on new characters Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, a former couple. While they are interesting characters, I think it would potentially do Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a disservice to eliminate two of their three new cast members. With a rich wealth of characters, here are 10 Marvel comics characters that would be suited for the small screen and would serve ABC better, allowing Mockingbird and Hunter to remain S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
10) Agent Carter
Yes, this was already a spinoff of sorts. It had an amazing first season of 8 tight episodes. But Peggy Carter’s story still has a long way to go between being an agent of the SSR to one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. The only reason this one is lower on the list of options is that Howard Stark was an important supporting character who will probably not be available much in the future. Actor Dominic Cooper just signed on to play the lead character of Jesse Custer in AMC’s adaptation of Preacher.
9) Avengers Academy
Here’s one way removing Mockingbird and Hunter could still work but maybe allow them to still do double duty. Have them as faculty at a training school for young powered individuals. It would allow for guest appearances from just about any hero in the Marvel stable of characters, and you could use any number of younger characters as the main cast. Speedball or any of the New Warriors. Darkhawk. Sleepwalker. Just about any C-list hero could be given plenty of time to be fleshed out, and they’d be trained by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. staff.
8) Moon Knight
Moon Knight at first glance looks like Batman in a white suit. But he’s a lot deeper than that. Marc Spector was a marine who became a mercenary. At one point, he was beaten by a foe and left for dead and visited by the Egyptian god Khonshu who tasked him with becoming his avatar and punishing the guilty. Spector uses his vast fortune acquired as a mercenary to build a suit and gadgets and fight crime. Oh, and he has dissociative identity disorder. He may not have even been visited by Khonshu. It may just be his fractured mind dealing with the trauma of what he encountered in war and as a mercenary. He has hunted evil werewolves and mercenaries like Bullseye and Bushman. He has a former sidekick named Midnight who went rogue. And he has a mercenary pilot friend that he calls Frenchie who may be in love with Marc. It’s got action but it also has an individual dealing with some unique behavioral health issues. If they wanted to spin this off from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he could easily be a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent instead of a mercenary. Or a mercenary that works for Coulson before going off on his own.
7) Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu
Iron Fist is on the way and I can’t wait. But for a slightly less mystical, greater martial arts emphasis, Shang Chi would be a great character for a TV show. Shang-Chi has no actual superpowers, he’s just the best hand-to-hand combatant around. He was raised by a supervillain father as a soldier but Shang-Chi had a conscience and rebelled. He’s been a part of the Heroes for Hire along with Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Shang-Chi would be a fantastic character to bridge the gap between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC and the Netflix shows like Iron Fist. S.H.I.E.L.D. would definitely have his father on their radar (maybe on TV he could be part of Hydra) and he does not require an FX-heavy budget. Just a fantastic stunt coordinator.
6) Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger has been in development before for TV but hasn’t gotten anywhere. But they are great street level superheroes. Ty Johnson and Tandy Bowen are teen runaways who get kidnapped by a scientist testing a new synthetic drug he’s developing for an organized crime family. It ends up unlocking latent abilities within them (on TV they could potentially have Inhuman genes like Skye). Ty gains the ability to teleport through a “dark dimension” and Tandy can throw blades of light. They very specifically use their new powers to go after drug traffickers. If they had latent Inhuman genes, Skye or some of her Inhuman friends like Jiayang or Gordon could act as mentors, bridging the shows.
Blade had a TV show but it was trying to be connected to the Wesley Snipes films without Wesley Snipes. It needs a hard reboot. With Dr. Strange debuting next year, the supernatural is a new area that Marvel could also explore on TV. Blade the vampire hunter could also have access to a lot of lesser known characters he’s teamed up with like Hannibal King (or even Moon Knight) to hunt down supernatural threats. S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t gone up against the supernatural before but they’d obviously be interested. I’m sure they’d be happy to delegate that responsibility to an expert (Blade) and come in as needed to lend manpower to bigger threats.
Runaways are exactly what the title says: runaways. But unlike Cloak and Dagger, they are a team of teens whose parents are all supervillains. When their kids learn about their parents secret society, they run away. Their parents were an organization called the Pride who work for ancient gods, preparing a sacrifice for them once a year in exchange for power and the right to survive when the gods emerge from their slumber to destroy humanity. Each set of parents has a different background: organized crime, time travellers, aliens, mutants, sorcerers, scientists. A team book with a diverse array of backgrounds and powers could be a lot of fun and there’s no question kids with their abilities would come across S.H.I.E.L.D.’s desk.
Marvel’s recent Daredevil series proved that they can get darker than we realized. Punisher is a notch darker than Daredevil but would benefit from a TV series more than a movie. Frank Castle needs room to be explored with more time than a movie can dedicate. He kills organized crime and killers. He has no superpowers, he’s just a former marine with elite training and nothing to lose. In the comics he was a Vietnam vet whose family was killed in the crossfire of a mafia firefight. But he could easily be updated to be a soldier from the Middle East or even someone who’s worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past. Either way, he’s prime material for a TV show.
Deathlok is a recurring character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an actual name character from the Marvel stable. Why not give him his own show? Mike Peterson had horrible experiments performed on him at the hands of Hydra, leaving him a powerful cyborg but who questions how much of his humanity is left. He’s a great character to explore: a single father with robot powers and a S.H.I.E.L.D. background. This one seems like a no-brainer.
If there’s one Marvel character who would be perfect on TV it’s She-Hulk. If you don’t know about She-Hulk, I can understand your trepidation but let me explain. Jennifer Walters is a cousin of Bruce Banner who is in an accident and gets a blood transfusion from him, giving her similar powers. But Jennifer is different. She retains her full personality as She-Hulk so she continues her work as a lawyer, albeit one who specializes in cases involving superhumans. She-Hulk has a sense of humor and can do action stuff as easily as courtroom drama. I think a full-time legal show where Jennifer sometimes has to get her hands dirty could be a blast. And it would allow Marvel to utilize a lot of Hulk villains that are just going to waste if they won’t do a Hulk movie (Universal still retains some film rights so Marvel is reluctant to do another solo film). When S.H.I.E.L.D. needs to prosecute the supervillains they’ve caught, it’s a hand off to She-Hulk!
At first glance, Ka-Zar looks like Tarzan. But he’s a little cooler than that, in my opinion. First of all, he has a gorgeous wife, Shanna, who was an adventurer and explorer before she met Ka-Zar. And Ka-Zar is a dad, with a young son Matthew. So he’s a family man. He also is a very wealthy Englishman, Lord Kevin Plunder. And he kinda digs city life so he does not live in the jungle all the time.
Ka-Zar’s father discovered The Savage Land, which is a jungle-like oasis down in Antarctica. His father was killed there when Kevin was an infant and he was raised by a sabretooth tiger named Zabu, who is his constant companion. Oh, and the Savage Land is full of dinosaurs. It’s crazy but awesome. The area was created by a really powerful geneticist dude named the High Evolutionary. Ka-Zar loves the land and protects it from poachers and other seedy characters. Despite the danger, it’s full of Vibranium, that special metal that everyone always wants in the Marvel Universe. Ka-Zar could deal with supervillains, evil hunters, dinosaurs, and guys like Hydra (easy to introduce through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) or AIM, while trying to be a good husband and father and figure out where his place in the world is.