Marvel TV To Develop “Jessica Jones-esque” ABC Series; Branch Into Comedy

by Erik Amaya

 

Marvel TV is ready to have a laugh.

At least that’s what Karim Zreik, senior vice president of original programming at Marvel Television suggested at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday; according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Comedy is something we really want to go into,” he explained. Despite Marvel’s solid comedy comic books like Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, Howard the Duck, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Charles Soule’s run on She-Hulk, the company’s TV division only recently developed New Warriors as a comedy series for the ABC cable outlet Freeform. “It took us time to dip our foot in the comedy pool,” Zreik said. And in what may be a side-ways reference to New Warriors, Zriek joked that the company would never “do an office comedy.”

For me, Marvel’s jokier titles are the ones I read, having had my fill of the grimmer stuff in my younger days. So the prospect of, say, a She-Hulk series in the tone of Soule’s run, is one I’d follow with great interest. Alternatively, I’d love the current Kate Bishop-led Hawkeye series by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero to leap from page to screen.

And, perhaps, it will.

Zreik also mentioned the company is developing a new series for ABC. The only detail he could offer was that it will be “Jessica Jones-esque,” and feature a female focus. Kate’s current attempts to be a detective put her in the same frame as Jessica; offering a choice of tones from funny to deeply serious. On a similar front, the current iteration of Hulk by Mariko Tamaki and various artists also offers a more dour, yet compelling, take on Jennifer Walters than Soule’s run. It also shares a number of similarities with Jessica Jones.

Of course, I’m just speculating as these are the Marvel titles I happen to read. But they also fit into both formats Zreik mentioned and are fine reads to boot.

In the meantime, Marvel TV has plenty on its hands with Inhumans, The Punisher and Runways debuting before years end and Clock and Dagger and New Warriors premiering next year.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.