This week marks the return of Daredevil to Netflix. If you haven’t watched the first season, you’ve missed out on something special. From pacing to shooting to acting, Daredevil has become the gold standard for Marvel’s live action shows.
And then came Jessica Jones, which took up the challenge and totally brought it, managing to do it with a different look and feel from Daredevil.
Next up is Luke Cage, followed by Iron Fist and then everyone gets together for a big ol’ team-up in The Defenders. Then there’s a second season of Jessica Jones, possible seconds seasons of the previously mentioned shows (or perhaps a Heroes for Hire show that’s the second season for both Luke Cage and Iron Fist) and a Punisher show that has been rumoured. Not that Marvel’s network television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing terribly as it’s been picked up for another season and looks to be throwing out a spin-off as well.
Marvel has managed to figure out which of it’s characters might fit a t.v. format perfectly and which might be better served in their film universe, even though all exist in the same world. I also think they’ve managed to find a perfect balance of productions. They aren’t overloading themselves and time is being taken with each project.
But say we could expand these television projects but still maintain the quality. What should be in there? What would make a better television series than a film? Well I am glad you asked. Here are my five suggestions:
Moon Knight (Netflix)
This was announced last year as a possible series by someone playing an April Fool’s Day joke but honestly, it’s a great idea. Take it’s visual cues and story from the recent Warren Ellis run and play with the idea that he is a superhero with a fractured psyche. You get yet another flavour and theme to play with that still matches up well with what we’ve already seen from Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Moon Knight has often been positioned as kind of the Batman of the Marvel universe but I’d say make him The Question, the off kilter investigator who will look into the weird stuff of the Marvel U that’s a bit too weird for Jessica Jones but not weird enough for Doctor Strange.
As this is my column, I can dream and as much as I would love for this to happen, the chances are about as good as me getting the guest spot as Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3. I would love a series based on Matt Fraction’s run on Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner. Having Renner on board might be tough but I really think he could do some great work with the source material. Now there is the issue of movie Hawkeye having a family but say something happened to them (casualties of Civil War for instance), you have Hawkeye move into an apartment building trying to rebuild his life. You could have a really fun tone to the show mixed with the seriousness of grief.
Deathlok (network tv)
Deathlok is one of my favourite characters in the comics and I like him being around as the character introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For Deathlok, I would do something different but a little bit familiar. I’d make him an independent contractor for S.H.I.E.L.D. and combine it with a bit of the feel of the original Incredible Hulk television series. Have Deathlok going from town to town solving meta-human issues with some sort of overarching story, the core of the show being that Deathlok helps humanity but still considers himself a monster.
The Howling Commandos (network tv)
Position the show much like Agent Carter. Small seasons, maybe not even that many. Show us the formation of the group and make it a mix of Band of Brothers meets Agent Carter. Follow these guys during the war fighting the weirdo Nazi / Hydra units. I think you can get some really interesting material out of these characters and once again bring something different.
Killraven (either network or Netflix)
Part John Carter, Part War of the Worlds, Killraven is an older Marvel character that gets revived every once and a while. Set in a future where Martians have conquered the Earth and John Raven (his gladiator name is Killraven) is part of the resistance trying to take back their planet. While not necessarily a Marvel universe book, there has been instances where Killraven’s story is set in a future version of the Marvel universe and I would suggest doing that here. Set it in an unknown future with hints that things happening in the other Marvel tv shows lead to this world.
Damage Control (network tv)
Yes, I know this has actually been announced but there’s been little news on what the plan with this property is and quite honestly, myself and Geek Hard have presented this idea multiple times before it was announced. Currently, DC has their own workplace comedy in the works described as “The-Office-Meets-DC-Super-Heroes”. This is an interesting idea but if we are going comedy in a comic book universe, let’s talk Damage Control. Blue collared guys cleaning up the aftermath of the superheroes who live in it. Make it part of the actual MCU and make it a light hearted show about the every-man who has to deal with Thanos crushing an apartment building. This doesn’t need to be a total comedy. It would work as a light drama that focuses on the more comedic aspects of living and dealing with superheroes.
Of course there are other characters that I can think of that I would love to see on the small screen (like Machine Man) but I think these are the best of the best ideas swirling around my noggin. But maybe I am overlooking some great ones. So with that, I open the floor to the comment section. Let’s hear your ideas for a Marvel television series and don’t let budgets constrain your imagination.
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