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Jeph Loeb Says ABC is Still the ‘Mothership’ for Marvel Television

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Jeph Loeb Says ABC is Still the ‘Mothership’ for Marvel Television

If anybody doubted Marvel Television’s allegiance to ABC due to projects like Daredevil and Runaways being committed to other networks or platforms, Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb has some news. In a new interview with CBR discussing Inhumans, Loeb explained why ABC is still the “mothership” for the company’s series.

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In the interview, Loeb answers whether there’s any more Marvel and ABC collaborations on the way. “Absolutely. 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,” he answered. “It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we’re a good fit for each other.”

The Executive Vice President touched on why the two companies work well together. “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,” Loeb said. “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.”

Loeb explained the reasons behind choosing networks other than ABC for Marvel TV’s projects, touching on why violent, gritty series such as Daredevil and The Defenders wouldn’t work on the network. “I think people confuse the fact that we go to other networks as a sign that we’re not on ABC,” Loeb said. “The truth of the matter is that those shows weren’t appropriate for us to be on ABC. How do we know that? We talk to ABC and we talk about what is it that you’re looking for?”

“What [ABC] got excited about Marvel’s Inhumans was the family drama aspect of it and the possibilities of something that had a big epic feel to it, but at the same time something that was small and intimate enough that they could get an audience hooked on it and so that’s where we started.”

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The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans debuted in IMAX theaters on Sept. 1, kicking off a two-week run. On Sept. 29 the show will make its broadcast debut on ABC. The network will show the eight-episode first season of Inhumans in its entirety, including content from the first two episodes not seen in the IMAX run. The drama stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.

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