Marvel finally going full speed onto the small screen

Despite fans crying out for more TV shows, Marvel has been slow to deliver. For awhile we had two shows to enjoy, Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter but they’ve been slow to green light any other shows, including Marvel’s Most Wanted featuring Adrianne Paleiki and Nick Blood’s characters from AoS and Damage Control, a comedy about the team assigned to clean up the messes the Avengers make. The exception to this is the Netflix shows, which have grown from the original five shows to six with the addition of The Punisher.

But they are definitely making up for lost time. Agents of SHIELD has been renewed for a fifth season and joining it this Fall will be Marvel’s Inhumans.

Then, next year, Freeform is getting in on the action with not one, but two shows: Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors. We don’t know much about New Warriors yet, but the trailer for Cloak and Dagger looks intriguing.

Also, next year, Marvel is debuting The Runaways on Hulu.

Fox is adding to the list as well, renewing Legion for a second season on FX and bringing another X-Men related show, The Gifted, to Fox.

The most interesting thing about these shows is that, unlike they’re Distinguished Competition, these shows can be found all over the place. SHIELD and Inhumans on ABC, Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors on Freeform, Legion on FX, The Gifted on Fox, The Defenders shows on Netflix, and The Runaways on Hulu. They seem to be casting their nets wide, hoping to attract many different demographics to the Marvel Universe.

Another interesting note is that we don’t know yet if all these shows will be set in the MCU or if/how they’ll connect with the movies. Agents of SHIELD, Inhumans, and The Defenders are in the MCU of course, and the X-Men shows are not but we haven’t heard one way or the other about the Freeform shows or The Runaways.

What do you think of Marvel’s upcoming line up of shows? What are you most looking forward to?

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3 thoughts on “Marvel finally going full speed onto the small screen

  1. Kitty

    AoS and Inhumans are NOT in the MCU.

    Fiege and Perlmutter dont get along so the TV stuff is a one-way street. TV takes story elements from the films but the films dont acknowledge the existence of Coulson, Terigen Fish, Lame Inhumans or the obnoxious computer hacker, super spy, genius, ridiculously powerful, put-all-your-eggs-in-one-basket Skye. These guys exist in their own universe and it should stay that way.

    As for Marvel Netflix. Again, they acknowledge The Battle of New York but they haven’t really tied into the MCU yet. And with their stories revolving around grounded real world scenarios and… zombie ninjas… then maybe theyre better in their own fantastic universe also.

    I know some people feel every single comic character needs to be tied to a single bigger universe, but the reality is that things are better left compartmentalized. MCU doesnt need to balance Perlmutters nonsense or the amazing Netflix storylines. They’ve got their hands full as it is.

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    1. John Frost

      There has been talk lately that the two may once again become a a two-way street. Not all series (obviously AoS won’t transfer), but The Defenders would.

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  2. Michael Stapf

    i’m x-tremely x-cited about the gifted coming on fox, and all the other marvel shows too,
    i’ve been a marvel comics fan for many years, and it’s amazing how they are being brought to life on the small screen, as opposed to the big :D

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