While Marvel TV is spreading its wings beyond fellow Disney company ABC, teaming up with the likes of Netflix (The Defenders), Fox/FX (Legion, The Gifted), Hulu (Runaways) and Freeform (Cloak & Dagger, New Warriors), Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb has confirmed that plans are afoot for more shows on ABC beyond this month’s Inhumans.
“Absolutely,” Loeb told CBR when asked whether we’ll be seeing new shows on the network. “Absolutely. Obviously, these aren’t things I can talk about. But look, as it is with every single one of the networks that we have gotten with that this is with, and whether it’s Fox or it’s FX or it’s Freeform, or it’s Hulu, or it’s Netflix, ABC is always going to be our mothership…It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we’re a good fit for each other. We speak a lot of the same language and the kinds of things that are important to them, which is people rising up again adversity; real emotion; a strong female character, but also a strong sense of family and questions of identity…All of those things are key to being a successful ABC show, but they’re also key to being a Marvel show. So in that way we’re going to go and see what happens along the way.”
As previously stated, Inhumans is up next for ABC, followed by the fifth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Meanwhile, the long-gestating John Ridley project – rumoured to be a Ms. Marvel series – remains in development, and there’s also been recent talk about a “Jessica Jones-esque” female-led show.