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The State of Marvel Television

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By now, I have seen four posts pop up about Agent Carter’s renewal (including one by me, which I then promptly deleted). And, uh, we probably shouldn’t do that. So this post isn’t just about Agent Carter! It’s about the state of Marvel Television as a whole.


UPDATE: According to Deadline, the Mockingbird/Lance Hunter spin-off was not picked up. :(


Let’s start with the Live-Action Television:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a third season. Even though ratings were not that good, I think everyone predicted this because 1) synergy, it’s produced by ABC/Disney, they own it, they don’t have to share any money and 2) ratings are down the toilet for everything on network television.
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter has been renewed for a second season. Now this was more surprising, because Agent Carter’s ratings were even worse than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.s. Now the interesting thing is that the showrunners, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, had another show on ABC, Resurrection, which was cancelled. So does this mean they will have more time for Agent Carter? Will Agent Carter be getting a longer season? Perhaps twelve or thirteen episodes? That worked for Daredevil.
  • Speaking of Daredevil, weeks ago, Netflix announced that would get another season in 2016. It also released the “ratings” for Daredevil (something Netflix almost never does) to show that it was the most watched of all the Netflix original programming.
  • Which probably bodes well for A.K.A. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. A.K.A. Jessica Jones is in the middle of filming and Luke Cage has their own showrunner. The only show that there’s been no announcement for is Iron Fist.
  • American Crime was also renewed, which is interesting because John Ridley was rumored to be pitching a Marvel show. Since Ridley will be doing American Crime Season 2, is that now off the table?
  • And then there’s the question of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off. That will probably be announced at the upfronts. (Please be Secret Avengers or Secret Warriors.) According to Deadline, the spin-off is not going forward.

And now for Marvel Animation:

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy animated series is still set to air on Disney XD. They have announced the cast members and released some test footage.
  • Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. are still a thing, I guess.

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