Much has been said about the success of Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently. Marvel has revealed that they have added an Ant-Man sequel to their Phase 3 lineup of films that extends into 2019. They also announced that they are releasing three films in 2020 as part of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios is on a roll! They have released 11 films thus far, and there are 11 more slated to hit theaters through 2019. Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, and his leadership has received tons of well-deserved praise and recognition for the success of Marvel Studios and their films.
But can we all please take a moment and recognize the work of the people over at Marvel Television!
Marvel Studios and Marvel Television are run separately. The head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, reports directly to the Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn. The head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, reports to Ike Perlmutter, the CEO of Marvel. Jeph Loeb has done an extraordinary job with Marvel’s television unit which debuted its first live-action show only 2 years ago in September 2013. That show is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and it is currently airing its third season on ABC.
Marvel Television’s shows exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which means that Marvel’s TV shows are connected to Marvel Studios blockbuster films that are released in theaters. Marvel Studios has had a huge year with the release of the films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. There is no denying the monumental success of those films, but I would like to make known that Marvel Television is having an equally successful year as its movie-making counterpart.
Let’s take a moment and review Marvel Television’s 2015 release schedule:
- In January 2015, Marvel television aired its 2nd show, Agent Carter.
- In April 2015, Marvel Television released its 3rd show, Daredevil, as a Netflix exclusive.
- In September 2015, Marvel launched the third season of its very 1st show, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
- In November 2015, Marvel will release their 4th show, Jessica Jones, exclusively on Netflix.
That’s 3 completely new Marvel shows that will be released just this year and there are 7 new shows we know of that are in the pipeline. These 7 new shows that are in development include three more Netflix exclusives (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders) Two new shows that will be released by the Disney-ABC Television unit. The first is an Agents of Shield Spinoff titled Marvel’s Most Wanted and the second is a 30 minute sitcom titled Damage Control. The last two Marvel shows that are in development will be co-produced in partnership with Fox and will be based on X-Men comics. The X-Men shows that Marvel will co-produce are titled Legion and Hellfire.
We aren’t sure of a timeline of when these shows will debut but we are excited to see Marvel extend both its movie and television plans on a consistent basis.The folks at Marvel Television will be hard at work for a very long time with the shows that they have lined up for development. This is great news for Marvel fans that are excited to see new characters from comics being explored through movies and shows.
What can fans anticipate next from Marvel Television?
After Jessica Jones is released on November 20th, we have plenty to look forward to next year.
In 2016 we can expect to see:
- Season 2 of Agent Carter
- Season 2 of Daredevil,
- Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,
- Season 1 of Luke Cage
- Season 1 of Marvel’s Most Wanted
- ??? Possibly Season 1 of Iron Fist if Marvel can make enough progress on the casting.
Beyond 2016 we get to watch the Defenders show where Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will team up to protect and defend their city. Marvel will release its sitcom Damage Control which follows the crew that cleans up the destruction left behind by the Avengers and their battles against villains like Loki and Ultron. Finally, we will see Hellfire and Legion take shape in the distant future on Fox and FX. In addition to these, there are likely many more Marvel TV shows that are in the works that have not yet been announced!
As we can see Marvel Television is extremely busy churning out shows that explore the lives and adventures of comic book characters just like Marvel Studios. Marvel’s film studio released the MCU’s first film, Iron Man, in 2008; whereas Marvel’s television unit released their first live-action show in 2013. Even though the film studio had a 5 year head start, both Marvel Studios and Marvel Television have found their groove and are releasing content at a very fast pace. Marvel Television has found its place within the MCU and offers a variety shows to satisfy the tastes of every Marvel comics fan. Congratulations to the teams at Marvel Studios and Marvel Television. Keep it up!
What is your favorite Marvel TV show and what shows are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments.