Marvel and ABC developing female superhero show


Marvel Television is set to release a new show on ABC featuring female characters with superpowers.

Deadline reports that Marvel Television is said to be developing a new show at ABC, this time with female superheroes in the lead.

The show, which Deadline describes as an ‘hourlong drama’, is said to be written and executive produced by Allan Heinberg, the writer behind Wonder Woman, DC’s first female-led blockbuster. The show will join Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as ABC’s second Marvel property.

There is no news yet on which characters will be featured in the show, but this is definitely the right move for Marvel.

The comic books have a wide variety of female characters which the live-action universe has yet to tap into. However, the question does arise, why is a female-led show being written by a male writer?

According to the report, the drama is ‘based on lesser-known Marvel characters’, but this could be the perfect opportunity to introduce Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, in live-action.

She would be a particularly exciting addition given that her idol is Captain Marvel, who will lead her solo film next year.

Marvel Television currently only has one woman headlining a television show – Krysten Ritter on Netflix’s Jessica Jones. After Agent Carter was prematurely canceled following only two seasons in 2016, there has been a greater push for more women in lead roles.

Thankfully, the diversity of characters in Marvel’s television roster has improved greatly, with characters like Colleen Wing and Misty Knight taking center-stage in the second seasons of Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

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Marvel seems to be pushing for more original content on the small screen. Earlier this week, it was reported that Disney’s upcoming streaming service would be releasing several mini-series starring Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch.

Calls for Marvel to make an all-women team-up film have been around since November last year, so a series, however limited, will likely be welcomed by fans.