All the way back in 2015, it was announced that acclaimed screenwriter and director John Ridley was working on a mysterious Marvel property for ABC. Flash forward to 2017, and we still have yet to see any movement on that very project. Thankfully, while unable to divulge any information on what it is he’s been working on, Ridley recently revealed that the project is still very much alive.
The project was one of several Marvel television series announced several years ago. At the time, Paul Lee was still the president of ABC Entertainment and had massive plans for expanding Marvel’s television presence, including “Damage Control,” “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” and an untitled John Ridley series. With Channing Dungey replacing Lee in early 2016, it was uncertain how many of those projects would advance.
Of course, as we now know, the network ended up passing on “Marvel’s Most Wanted,” and it appears “Damage Control” will now be introduced in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” rather than in a television series — although, it’s uncertain how this affects the put-pilot commitment on ABC’s end. The only project that has continued to remain a mystery has been Ridley’s secretive Marvel series. Now, nearly two years later, Ridley has reaffirmed his hopes of getting to make his Marvel series.
“I still want to do it. Hopefully it will still get done,” Ridley told Variety., joking that Marvel has “a release schedule that far exceeds my life expectancy.”
With Marvel Television continuing to build its catalog, having announced just this week that its received a straight to series order for “New Warriors” starring fan-favorite Squirrel Girl at Freeform, bringing the current number of Marvel-based television shows to an impressive twelve (including the previously cancelled “Agent Carter”), it’s easy to understand Ridley’s comments regarding their current release schedule. Still, with the Academy Award-winning screenwriter continuing to show interest on moving forward with the project, it’s hard to imagine the series won’t move forward — at some point.