In their continued efforts to make more and more content within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel has enlisted the help of a number of individuals to develop future television shows and movies. Kevin Feige is largely in charge of determining what the next "Phase" of the MCU will hold, but TV creators are able to find a certain gap in the mythology or world and explore it. This is what American Crime creator John Ridley has been hoping to do ever since it was revealed back in 2015 that he was working with Marvel and ABC on a new series.
Speculation has continued as to what (or more importantly who) the series would be about. Characters like Cloak & Dagger have since been moved to Freeform, while the heavily requested debut of Kamala Khan has been a top theory as well. It was just revealed that Ridley is currently doing rewrites on his script, and without giving away information on the concept, he says that timing is everything.
The Wrap had the chance to talk to Ridley following the ABC portion of the TCAs, and were sure to ask him about his mystery series. Thanks to the superhero related boom in recent years, Ridley is focused on making sure they are not retreading water and instead exploring something new.
For myself and certainly for the folks at Marvel, there’s been an explosion of storytelling of costumed heroes and comic book things and for us, we want to make sure we’re doing something that’s in a very unique space.
Even with a surplus of superhero movies and shows, Ridley still notices how much interest there is for his series alone. However, thanks to American Crime and his new project Guerrilla, it's not the only project he can focus on. Still, the desire for the mystery show continues to drive him.
We’re continuing to work on it. I’m very, very excited about it. I’m lucky in the sense that it’s not the only thing I’m dependent upon, but I will say the number of questions I’m asked about it tells me there’s still an appetite. I do hope to be able to bring it to people in the near term.
For me, it’s always about bringing perspectives that we’re not witnessing. It’s always about a level of storytelling, patience in storytelling, and also making sure that when we produce it, I can give it my absolute full attention. Because I do have a lot of things going on right now. So timing is everything.
There is no doubt that Ridley's project is one of the most anticipated TV related properties Marvel is developing. So much of the anticipation is thanks in part to the secrecy that continues to surround it, leaving fans wondering which of their favorite Marvel characters will be the star. Ridley and Marvel clearly have a rough concept in mind with a story and central characters in place, but they are not yet ready to show their cards.
Instead, fans may have to wait a long time to learn any real information for the series. It's not the worst thing, as most would surely take the secrecy now to allow them to create a series that is unique within the superhero landscape. Even if it was ready, there comes the question where it would go as ABC is bringing The Inhumans to life this year and has hopes of a fifth season for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A third Marvel related series is possible, but they could benefit until Ridley has nailed down his concept and potentially wait out the remaining seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for any further updates on John Ridley's Marvel project.
Source: The Wrap