ABC Kills Marvel's Female Superhero Drama


Last September, it was announced that Marvel and ABC were developing a female superhero drama television series with Wonder Woman scriptwriter Allan Heinberg. Set to be executive produced by Heinberg, the potential series already had a pilot commitment in place.

However, it now appears as if the project is no longer moving forward. After breaking the series' announcement last year, Deadline now confirms that ABC will not be moving forward with the untitled female superhero-led series. In fact, the network will not be moving forward with a pilot order.

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The report does not specify any reason for the abrupt end of the project, which was said to star lesser-known Marvel characters. What's more, it's still unknown at this time if the series will be re-worked, or if it has been scrapped altogether. While the studio never confirmed which characters the series was supposed to feature, rumored superheroines included She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and a full-on A-Force team-up, an all-female team of Avengers in the comic books.

According to Deadline's report, "launching a new Marvel series had been a priority for ABC." However, the recent renewal of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was picked up for a seventh season, is said to have taken a bit of the pressure off.

There are many Marvel-related TV projects currently in development, but ABC still wants to widen the brand. As it stands, Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+, is set to feature a live-action television series focusing on Tom Hiddleston's Avengers character Loki, as well as a potential project starring Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany's Vision, among others. Over on Netflix, The Punisher and Jessica Jones are the only two Marvel series left standing, following the abrupt cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil. Plus, Cloak & Dagger is gearing up for a second season on the ABC-owned Freeform, while the Hulu original series Runaways recently wrapped its sophomore run.

For the time being, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have to remain ABC's sole Marvel series. After months of speculation, it was recently revealed that Clark Gregg would indeed return for the series' sixth season, but that he would not be playing Phil Coulson.

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to return for its sixth season in July 2019 on ABC with 13 new episodes; the series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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