With their next season, ABC series Agents of SHIELD is ending, marking the first time since Avengers in 2012 that the network hasn’t carried a Marvel series. However, Entertainment president at the network, Karey Burke, told reporters she looks forward to bringing more Marvel TV to their air. The comments came at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association, in which she revealed ABC wants to meet with Kevin Feige about a new superhero series. There haven’t been any meetings as of yet, because Feige is currently focused on the MCU Phase 4, spread out between feature films and Disney+.
Why ABC Needs a Relationship With Kevin Feige for the New Superhero Series
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There have been a lot of changes to the Marvel Universe, at least behind the scenes. Kevin Feige took over all of Marvel’s creative direction, sidelining Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb. Now all live-action media will consolidate under Marvel Studios. Still, with Phase 4 and Kevin Feige producing a future Star Wars movie, he just hasn’t had time to think about what a network series might be. In fact, getting his attention (via the press coverage) might be Burke’s goal here.
As she told Deadline:
“We love our partners at Marvel … it’s been a big part of our history. We’re looking forward to working with Kevin Feige, and we’re at the very beginning of conversations with him now about what a Marvel and ABC show might look like. Right now, Marvel’s focus has been on Disney+, as it should be.”
Previously, we reported that Burke wanted a live-action series for ABC starring a female hero. However, with closing of Marvel Television, those plans are finished or, at least, stalled. This also means that ABC executives’ hopes to have at least one Marvel series on the air after Agents of SHIELD’s finale are dashed for now.
Still, ABC wants to be in the Marvel business. While they’d certainly like their own series, they may have to settle for sharing a show. DC Universe and CW will be sharing the Geoff Johns’-produced Stargirl. Perhaps ABC can work something out with Disney+ to share the future MCU content.
What do you think? Should Kevin Feige agree to develop a new superhero series for ABC? Or should he keep his focus on the films and Disney+? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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