New Marvel Series About Female Superheroes In The Works At ABC

The last couple of days have been very big on the Marvel front thanks to the release of the highly-anticipated Captain Marvel trailer and the announcement of the MCU projects coming to the Disney streaming service, but Marvel isn't done with the big news yet. Another TV show is in the works to bring superheroes to the small screen, and this one isn't slated for either the streaming service or Netflix. No, the latest project is in development at ABC, and it will bring the focus to female Marvel superheroes.

ABC has been the home of three live-action Marvel series to date, and one of them already followed a female hero from the MCU. This new project doesn't seem to be an Agent Carter 2.0, however, and it could be unlike anything else currently available on the superhero front. Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is switching from DC to Marvel to bring this project to television, and ABC has already given a production commitment.

Given that this is Marvel we're talking about, not a whole lot of details are available at this point. The show would be an hour-long drama -- so, nothing along the lines of DC's Powerless -- and it does not yet have a title. Allan Heinberg is on board as writer and will base it on female Marvel characters who possess superpowers.

Assuming this project is ordered to series, the "superpowers" aspect of the description indicates that we won't see a show revolving around Peggy Carter or Melinda May or even Black Widow. Deadline reports that the show will be based on more lesser-known female characters of Marvel lore. At this point, it's not even confirmed if this project will take place within the MCU or stand on its own. We shouldn't count on characters from either the movies or the other TV shows appearing as of now, especially since the show doesn't even have a guaranteed future yet!

Allan Heinberg will executive produce as well as write, and he'll be joined by Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb. Although Heinberg is likely best known nowadays for penning the Wonder Woman script, he also wrote Marvel comics, including Young Avengers. He could be the ideal person to oversee production on this project, should it be ordered to series.

It's possible that ABC will be a bit cautious with the approach to this potential series after how Inhumans relatively flopped. That said, ABC hasn't been quiet about wanting another Marvel show to add to its lineup, as it currently only features Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as its superhero fare, and S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't exactly been setting ratings records. ABC's interest in another superhero project may explain why this project is being developed for broadcast rather than release via the Disney streaming service, which will feature MCU-set shows starring characters who never got their own movie.

We can only cross our fingers and hope more news about this potential series is released sooner rather than later. It may be a while before an official series order (or decision to pass) is revealed, but more details would be much appreciated! I'm just hoping this show doesn't go the way of Marvel's Most Wanted and die just when it seemed destined for debut.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and be sure to check out our fall TV premiere schedule for some upcoming superhero options. You'll have to stick to Netflix for live-action Marvel action until Runaways returns in December, but DC has plenty of shows returning next month thanks to the expansive Arrow-verse.

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