Marvel Declined Neil Gaiman's Request To Develop a 1602 TV Show


In response to praise from an excited fan of Good Omens, award-winning author Neil Gaiman revealed he pitched Marvel Television an idea for a live-action adaptation of Marvel 1602. According to Gaiman, "They weren't interested. Such a pity."

Marvel 1602 is an eight-issue comic book series published in 2003. Gaiman worked with artists Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove on the miniseries. The story reimagined classic superheroes like Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Doctor Strange, Clea and more for 17th Century Europe. Despite a mixed critical reception, the series spawned three sequels, with each one focusing on a different superhero or superhero team.

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Given the narrative demands of the story, adapting Marvel 1602 would be understandably difficult. What's more, mainstream audiences arguably haven't had enough time to familiarize themselves with some of the more obscure superheroes present in the original story. Clea, for example, is yet to be introduced. However, since the multiverse may exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's always hope for an adaptation of that Elizabethan-era superhero team-up.

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Gaiman is famous for novels such as American Gods, which was later adapted for television. He also provided the inspiration for shows such as Lucifer -- which is a loose adaptation of the character from The Sandman -- and, more recently, the novel-turned-TV series Good Omens.

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