Marvel and ABC Mulling TV Drama Set in <i>The Avengers</i> Universe

Given the blockbuster success of The Avengers -- it's grossed $1.46 billion worldwide -- it should come as no surprise that corporate siblings Marvel and ABC want to bottle some of the magic for the small screen. Well, apparently.

While details are incredibly sparse, Deadline contends Marvel's television division is talking with ABC and ABC Studios about creating a television drama set in the Avengers universe. At this point it's only "a kernel of an idea," one that would feature the theme and feel of the Joss Whedon film but none of the characters. Among the approaches reportedly being considered is "a high-concept cop show," which certainly could be S.H.I.E.L.D.

Unfortunately, that's all of the information the website has. However, it's easy to see how a S.H.I.E.L.D. drama would work, blending the ever-popular elements of a police procedural with high-tech espionage and, of course, superhero action. Plus, Marvel already has Helicarrier sets, CG models, costumes, etc., which would lower production costs for a weekly serial. And even without the participation of Samuel L. Jackson or Scarlett Johansson, it's easy enough to tie a television series into The Avengers with references to the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and glimpses of movie footage on computer monitors.

ABC and Marvel had been developing AKA Jessica Jones, based on the Alias series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, but passed on the pilot in May. However, the much-discussed live-action revival of The Incredible Hulk is still in the works, with Guillermo del Toro saying earlier this month that the pilot is awaiting a rewrite.

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