It’s being reported that four new potential series and a mini-series are in early stages of development at Marvel as the studio is aiming for a release through cable or video-on-demand.
Deadline has details that 60 episodes are being ordered for something, but no further information is known.
All that is really known is that Marvel is looking to release the four new series and min-series through either cable channels and/or WGN America, Netflix, Amazon and WGN America. No actors are attached.
We can speculate that the cable or VOD release means the potential new series would mean a more serious and graphic approach than say something like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.
It’s possible Marvel could be going for something like The Walking Dead, which saw record ratings last night to the tune of 16.1 million viewers. AMC’s The Walking Dead is based on the comic book and includes graphic violence and a serious approach to the story.
While S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be doing okay through DVR’s and such, the live audience has dropped upwards of around 40% in only three episodes.
Cable television seems where most of the new TV series “are at,” as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story are all popular shows. In addition, Netflix has seen a great response to their own VOD series with House of Cards.
It will be interesting to see which characters Marvel chooses to use to go this route. Black Panther? Heroes For Hire, which Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb previously mentioned was being looked at? Or how about The Punisher? Perhaps a female centric series such as the Agent Carter series said to be in development?