Rumor has it that Marvel has teamed up with ABC to develop a new series that will be set in the Avengers universe. Seeing as how The Avengers pretty much took over the world (and, like, money in general) a spin-off anything is bound to be a good look for the studios… right? But this idea (which is in the very early stages, according to a source at Deadline Hollywood) may have very little to do with The Avengers characters from Joss Whedon‘s blockbuster, but will “be set in the universe and feature some of its themes and feel.” It sounds like the connection to the movie is expected to be light, but the name itself should inspire a strong affiliation for viewers. Deets inside!
Here’s what the source at Deadline had to say:
After scoring huge at the box office with its Avengers movie, Marvel is looking to explore the mythology on the small screen too. I’ve learned that Marvel’s TV division is in conversation with ABC and ABC Studios about doing a drama series in the Avengers world…
I hear the project is in a nascent stage, described as “a kernel of an idea,” with a number of scenarios being explored, including a high-concept cop show. Marvel has already given the Avengers the animated treatment with Disney XD’sThe Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the upcoming Avengers Assemble.
Establishing a primetime foothold has been a priority for Disney-owned Marvel. The company has developed several projects for ABC Studios over the last couple of years, one of which, a Hulk series, is still in the works. Search is under way for a new writer to pen the project.
What do you guys think? Like anyone else who saw the movie (and loved it all up and down), I’m drawn to the idea of a TV series. Still, it’s a little difficult to picture an Avengers universe alongside a “high-concept cop show.” But who knows?! If it’s handled well, the project could really take off. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!