With the recent news that ABC is still considered the flagship network for Marvel TV, many fans are wondering when they will make good on that claim. With Netflix set to have six Marvel shows by the end of the year and Freeform set to premiere two of their own with Cloak & Dagger and New Warriors, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is certainly looking lonely. And while there have been rumors for years of new shows like Damage Control and Most Wanted and never-ending talk of a John-Ridley-produced series, nothing has manifested.
Luckily, ABC is still vociferously pursuing potential Marvel TV shows. We recently learned the network is looking to finally bring the first full-blown Marvel comedy to TV. Meanwhile, word broke that a Jessica Jones-esque show is in the works. As ABC attempts to court new demographics, it looks as if Netflix’s most popular Marvel series will be used as the model for another female-led superhero show. But which of Marvel’s many powerful women will the new show focus on? We have a few ideas.
The Sensational She-Hulk
Whenever the idea of a new Marvel TV show makes the rounds, a few names are inevitably thrown into the mix. But when it comes to an ABC drama focused on a female Marvel character, She-Hulk is the first that comes to mind. Introduced in 1980 in The Savage She-Hulk #1, the character was created by Stan Lee to avoid The Incredible Hulk TV series from making their own female Hulk and owning the rights to her. Despite those beginnings, she soon developed her own unique place in the Marvel Universe thanks to her decidedly different approach to being a Hulk.
Born Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk is the cousin of Bruce Banner. Following an accident that nearly killed her, Walters is given a blood transfusion by Banner. The results see her able to turn into a Hulk, creatively dubbed She-Hulk. Known occasionally as ‘Shulkie,’ the hero has remained prominent in Marvel events thanks to her power, charisma, and residence in New York. Over the years, however, she’s been given a bit of a makeover that would make her perfect for a new type of superhero TV show.
Starting in 1989, the Savage She-Hulk became the Sensational She-Hulk for a book of the same name by writer and artist John Byrne. This version of the character became more meta, even knowing she was a character in a comic book. Over time, this aspect was dropped, but She-Hulk’s irreverence has remained. Thanks to recent work by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred on FF and Charles Soule and Javier Pulido’s run on She-Hulk, the character has moved more in line with comics like the modern Howard the Duck and Patsy Walker, Hellcat. Those characters have also made regular appearances in She-Hulk’s like as an attorney, where she also regularly crosses paths with Matt Murdock.
All told, modern takes on She-Hulk read as a super-powered attorney, made all the more interesting as she constantly remains in Hulk mode. Unlike Banner, Walters never complains about her abilities or treats them like a burden. Instead, She-Hulk is her default, something that’s incredibly useful in the courtroom. With a She-Hulk show, Marvel could go darker like with Jessica Jones, or they could go in their proposed comedic direction. Either way, a courtroom drama starring a Hulk is something TV audiences desperately need.