ABC has officially scrapped pilot order plans for their Marvel female superheroes series. The drama series would have been the fourth Marvel project to appear on the network. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the only series still standing on ABC. That series was recently renewed ahead of its sixth season debuting this summer.
Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg was at the helm of the new untitled Marvel series while in development. ABC was thought to be committed to the hour-long series focusing on female Marvel characters. The plot surrounding the series was kept under wraps but the lives of lesser-known female superheroes were outlined to be the focal point.
The report from Deadline regarding ABC's plans not to move forward with the female-centered series didn't include an explanation from the network. There's still a possibility for the series to be redeveloped for the network in the future, considering ABC's heavy interest in Marvel projects. There's no sign that ABC wants to completely move on from Marvel. The same can't be said with Netflix and their current Marvel situation.
Even if this untitled series is shelved for good, the future still looks bright for Marvel TV. The second seasons of Marvel's Runaways (Hulu) and Marvel's Cloak & Dagger (Freeform) are set to air later this year. Freeform just released a poster to promote Cloak & Dagger's return for this April. Disney Plus is also getting ready to jump into the fray with three reported series. The first would feature Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. A Vision/Scarlet Witch series is also rumored to be in development, while the third series could possibly center on Falcon and Winter Soldier.
It would be a shame if ABC put another Marvel series with potential in limbo. The latest project would join Damage Control and New Warriors as ABC-developed projects that never came to fruition. There's still a chance for New Warriors, as it was previously being shopped to networks after Freeform (ABC's sister station) passed on the series.
It's no secret that TV is still lacking when it comes to female-driven series, especially in the superhero drama realm. There are plenty of female superhero teams in Marvel comics that the series could adapt. The Lady Liberators, A-Force, or a new team of X-Men would be perfect to lead a series. Or maybe its time to focus on some of the young Marvel stars like America Chavez or Kamala Khan. There's no doubt that young female comic book readers would love a chance at seeing a new generation represented on TV.