ABC is now developing a new female-led Marvel TV series. As part of Disney's umbrella, ABC received the first crack at getting an MCU connected program on the small screen. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was launched in 2013 and is currently in production on its sixth season, due out next summer. The network also gave Hayley Atwell another chance to play Peggy Carter in Agent Carter, before they canceled it after just two seasons. They even partnered up with IMAX to bring Inhumans to life, but that too fell by the wayside.
With just Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC's slate, the network has been exploring options for additional Marvel content. This comes as other services like Netflix, Hulu, and ABC's sister network Freeform have all launched shows of their own. After developing a few ideas, it looks like ABC is committing to one focused on multiple female heroes.
Deadline reports ABC has given a production commitment to a new series from Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg. The show will be an hourlong drama starring female Marvel characters with superpowers. There's currently no other known details about the show, but Deadline reports it will star "lesser-known Marvel characters."
ABC has been very female-focused with their Marvel properties, so developing a new Marvel show with a female ensemble fits nicely with what they've established. Although there is no current timeline for the series, ABC's interest in launching a new Marvel property could put this on a fast-track depending on what stage in development the series is in. If everything goes smoothly, the series could debut next fall after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s sixth season concludes.
The question at the forefront of the mind's of all Marvel fans is what qualifies characters as "lesser-known" that will be featured. The likes of Kamala Khan, She-Hulk, Kate Bishop, or America Chavez are all well-known to the comic community, but not necessarily to the general population. Are any of them in contention to star in this mystery series or are Heinberg and ABC diving even deeper into the depths of Marvel mythology to find suitable leads. Depending on what happens with S.H.I.E.L.D., this new series could present itself as an opportunity to keep Quake (Chloe Bennet) and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) around in a new format, or even bring back Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki).
The timing of this news is worth mentioning too, as reports recently surfaced that Marvel Studios is developing several live-action limited series for Disney's streaming service. Those shows will be produced by Kevin Feige, while this new series for ABC will still be overseen by Jeph Loeb and Marvel TV. Hopefully, more news on this new series will arrive soon, but for now, ABC is finally making moves for new Marvel properties.