Marvel female superhero drama rejected by ABC


ABC Studios dismissed a pilot for an unnamed superhero drama from Marvel TV, featuring an ensemble of female heroes.

Reported exclusively by Deadline, a pilot from Marvel, which centered on a group of women with superpowers, has been passed on by ABC Studios.

What an unfortunate time for superheroines on live-action television, perhaps. Jessica Jones, which still has a third season to be released, is the only female-led show in the MCU, as Captain Marvel is the only female-led film franchise. Not only that, but the Krysten Ritter-headlined series may face the axe along with The Punisher, which features Jon Bernthal’s gun-toting vigilante.

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The untitled, hour-long superhero drama from Wonder Woman co-writer, Allan Heinberg, was set to be co-produced by Marvel Television. ABC, the same network of whom previously developed Jessica Jones before it latched onto the lap of Netflix as part of the Marvel TV package, has yet to reveal what the true nature of this the superhero project or why they opted not to go for a pilot order. All that is known is that it would  have been based on lesser–known Marvel characters and that it would fall under Jeph Loeb at Marvel TV. Heinberg, a collaborative partner of Loeb’s, as part of a deal with ABC, would also have been executive producer.

As stated by Deadline, it is not currently known whether the potential superhero drama would be redeveloped at ABC, but as pointed out by the entertainment outlet, the network still wants to remain firmly within the Marvel business, even as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has already received an early Season 7 renewal ahead of its sixth season, which is set to air this summer.

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A female-led superhero show would be the next logical step for Marvel. It would also be fitting that ABC would be the home for such content, as the network seems to target that demographic the most. A-Force, Lady Liberators and Fearless Defenders come to mind, but giving it an alternative codename like what The CW has done with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow would also be welcome.