Marvel Finally Wants a Female-Centric Superhero Series!

ABC is doubling down on its female-skewing audience to take another swing at launching a new Marvel series.

Deadline reports that ABC has given a production commitment to an untitled hourlong drama centered on a group of lesser known, female Marvel superheroes. Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg has been tapped to pen the script, and that's about all she wrote on this new series, since, in true Marvel fashion, further details are being kept under lock and key.

After debuting Marvel's Inhumans to less than stellar reviews from critics and fans alike (and then quietly letting the series die a silent death), ABC has been on the hunt for a new Marvel series to fill the hole. Given that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also not likely to last much longer (though that show continues to keep kicking every time we think it's down for the count), there's potentially a lot riding on this new female-centric series.

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The only question that remains is whether the series will exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Runaways(and the potential limited series that could air on the Disney streaming service). At least we can rest assured that if these lady superheroes do, in fact, exist in the same world as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) -- and it seems likely that they would based on how ABC series have operated in the past -- their series will premiere after the next installment of the Avengers debuts, letting them opt out of including Thanos' big snap.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Sep 22, 2018
Looking forward to this. Inhumans had some good casting, but the setting and the writing was wrong. The hype did not live up to the expecations. Plus going all IMAX for it's premiere, when really, it's a TV show, it focused on the wrong aspect of what a show should be. Awesome actors and writing need to be first.. Effects second.
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Sep 20, 2018
So basically A-Force?
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Sep 20, 2018
Even if they "opt out" of Thanos' snap, half of them would still be gone during the period when it occurred, wouldn't they?

Unless they do some kind of timey-wimey thing.
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Sep 20, 2018
No timey-wimey shenanigans necessary; like he said, they'll just start the series after Avenger 4, wherein the heroes will fix everything (with the added remembrance that even if it's not fixed, it's half the universe, not half the heroes, half the villains, half the citizens... Just had to be half the total population). Problem sol--- avoided.
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Sep 21, 2018
And even if (odds against it) none of the heroes and their opponents in NYC disappear, don't you think that it'd be noticeable if half the criminals in NYC disappeared, even if it was off-screen?

Wouldn't the whole power dynamic change for the Defenders if there was just as many heroes, but only half as many street criminals? Kingpin was heavily involved in real estate after the Chitauri invasion. Wouldn't have the population of NYC disappearing open up a lot of property?

Part of the point of Thanos' scheme was that making half the sentients in the universe disappear would have a major impact on life as we know it. Either he was lying, or the creative team is trying to hand-wave away a major event that makes the Chitauri invasion look like a termite infestation by comparison.
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Sep 20, 2018
Except it was half the heroes or thereabouts in Infinity War.

And even if it's not half the heroes, having half the cast of Runaways disappear for six months would be kind of noticeable. Even if it wasn't the six main characters. Having even a third of the ten parents disintegrate would be kinda significant.

Ditto for Iron Fist. And Jessica Jones. And Daredevil. And Luke Cage. And Agents of SHIELD.

Even if none of the cast disappears from any of those shows, wouldn't you think half of New York or LA and whatever town in AOS that they're camped outside would be kind of noticeable?
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Sep 20, 2018
Nothing was right with the inhumans. Bad casting, acting and most of all horrid special effects. Just making a show female centric for the sake of it doesn’t mean people will watch if it ends up being as bad as the inhumans
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Sep 20, 2018
Another problem was what I noted in my tvcom reviews. That the Royal Family weren't particularly good guys. In fact, they were worse than Maximus. These were people who were "Royal" for no particularly reason (there were plenty of people with superpowers who weren't royalty), and they enslaved the lower casts. And most of them were jerks.

Maximus was the guy who freed the slaves and taking down the high-falutin' monarchy. It wasn't until later in the series that they seemed to pick up on this, and turned him into a raving sociopath.

There was also the ABC attempts to be racially inclusive which made no sense. So somehow Karnak, and Gorgon, and Black Bolt, are all related by blood? Does going through Terragenesis have a chance of turning you into a minority?

Basically ABC and the creative team had a bunch of cool characters, and had no idea how to turn it into a show that anyone wanted to watch. There was some decent acting (Ken Yeung, Eme Ikwuakor), and sometimes the actors just weren't up to the challenge presented by their characters (Anson Mount). The only particularly bad actress was Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, and I couldn't tell if was her terrible character ("Ooh, look, a Disney Princess! And she falls in love with a farmer") or the actress.
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Sep 20, 2018
Well, if terigensis can turn Triton to have green skin, I fail to see why it can't make Gorgon black.

But the main problem with Inhumans was that the writing was so abysmal, they had no idea what they were doing to the point that it doesn't seem like the writers had any sort of communicating.

They seemed to try and make it clear why anyone would follow Maximus and make him more likable - but then forgot they made him too likable and had to instantly make him into a psycho with nothing in between.

I'm not even getting into stuff like the writers fail to understand technology. And I'm not talking about super alien technology or even some modern day technology like the infamous cellphone problem most movies have.

I'm talking about the writers being so bad they don't even understand really common household items level of technology... Blackbolt is being sent to prison and can't communicate because he is mute? Seriously?
Nobody thought to just give him some pen and paper?!?
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Sep 20, 2018
The problem with Inhumans was primarily that they tried to do an epic superhero group on an Agent of Shield budget.

"Let's have Medusa and then take away her power" was a good example. You had Crystal, who used her powers maybe... what, five times during the eight episodes. You had Black Bolt, who can't use his powers. You have Karnak, who doesn't have particularly dynamic powers in the first place and then he lost them. You had Triton, who we never saw underwater. You had Maximus, who they never even bothered to give powers to. They had Gorgon, who they killed off and then brought back. You can't lowball the Inhumans, but ABC sure tried. Hopefully they learned their lesson, but I doubt it.
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Sep 20, 2018
Okay, Karnak did kind of have dynamic powers. He's really good at martial arts, without the Iron Fist/glowy hand thing. But at the end of the day, being good at martial arts just isn't that thrilling a superpower.

Or if it is, that means that Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, among others, are superheroes.
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Sep 20, 2018
Karnak the comic book character had really good martial arts ability. Karnak on the tv show had zero, they had a good actor with zero martial arts ability, or even athletic ability try and play him and it made the guy who played Iron Fist come across as Bruce Lee in comparison.
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Sep 20, 2018
Maximus doesn't have powers in the source material either, but he is a prime inventor. I'm still baffled as to why they removed that from the story. They could easily make him an inventor as well.

They decided that he outsources his inventions to earth scientists for no reason.


Also, at least give them some credit for doing Lockjaw properly.
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Sep 22, 2018
I'm not that familiar with stuff from before the 90s. I started reading on and off again from the 90s and mostly delved into the big crossovers from 2000s and up.

Maximus is mostly known for his genius inventions, which may or may not be a super power. It's not clear in that universe. Reed Richards is considered to be regular while Forge is considered to have mutant level genius and they keep implying that Amadeus Cho could go either way.

I assumed the mind control was also an invention, but as I said, I don't know the early stuff.

As for naming him... Well... their names always had some issues. Otto Octavius... I rest my case.
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Sep 21, 2018
I'm pretty sure Maximus has always had some degree of mind control. I recall a storyline in the... 60s? Maybe 70s. Where he used technology to let him subtly influence almost everyone in Attila. But I believe the original power was... originally there. Maybe they retconned it away in recent years. If nothing else, it's right there in the name. Why call a powerless second son "Maximus"? "Minimus", more like it. :) Unless his parents were really sarcastic.

The dumb thing is that on the TV show, if Maximus had some kind of subtle, unknown-to-everyone mind control, it would have made more sense. That's how he could have initially had so many people on his side, and as his stability--and his mental control--became less... stable, people like Auran would have left him.

Instead, people joined Maximus because he was that charismatic a guy--although he never was--and left him because the writers decided they were making the main characters look bad by making them pro-slavery and having the anti-slavery guy be the voice of reason.
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Sep 20, 2018
I recalled Maximus's mind control a result of mechanical gadgets he invented. Though admittedly, I'm not 100% caught up on everything Inhuman related.
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Sep 20, 2018
Lockjaw was sorta done well, and sorta not. He was the best character on the show, and "he" was a CGI figure.

But... they misused Lockjaw, too. His basic function was to separate the Inhumans so that they could end up in Hawaii. Then Lockjaw provided a basic ferry service: he could go anywhere and find anyone. He was so damned powerful all they could do was "put him to sleep" for at least one episode.

Granted, Lockjaw isn't a combat teleporter in the comics, either (versus, say, Nightcrawler). But other than a plot contrivance for a bad plot, he didn't really do much.
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Sep 20, 2018
Can't he do mind control on his own?


"His mental powers granted by the mutagenic effects from exposure to Terrigen Mist give him the ability to numb, override, and even efface a person's mind."

Granted, they've probably retconned that a time or two, and/or negated his powers, and/or had him rely on technology to do it. But I'd still consider the above a superpower.
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