Marvel and ’12 Years a Slave’ Writer Team-Up for the Small Screen

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So Marvel has proven that they can dominate the box office these last few years. Now the studio is attempting to completely take over the small screen as well. With Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. well into its second season and Daredevil getting rave reviews for Netflix, Marvel Studios has announced a major project with a big time Hollywood writer.

12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley has signed on with Marvel Studios to do a new TV series for ABC. EW broke the news on this, stating right now that details are being kept under wraps for now but that the project “involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC.”

So this doesn’t really reveal much. The character could be someone that’s already been introduced on-screen…or it could be a new character that’s only appeared on the printed page so far.

This is another step in Marvel’s road to taking over television. Along with the aforementioned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was rumored that there was a spinoff series in the works. And Agent Carter is very close to getting a renewal order.

Add onto this the quintet of Netflix series – Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, with a Defenders mini-series tying them all together – and you’ve got a lot of Marvel to watch.

Hopefully the Marvel and Ridley team-up leads to some exciting television. Ridley has already created a hit show for ABC in American Crime, which opened to strong reviews. This could be another feather in the Oscar winner’s cap.