The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow. Not only did The Defenders (Netflix) recently come out, Inhumans (ABC) and Cloak and Dagger (Freeform) are on the way. Now a new TV series has been announced.
Marvel is aiming for a Jessica Jones vibe
Though no official date or casting announcements have been made, we do know that Marvel is looking for a vibe similar to Jessica Jones—a female-focused series featuring a strong heroine. The biggest difference at this point is that this will be on ABC, not Netflix, meaning they’ll have to dial back on some of the darker aspects of storytelling.
The goal here is to target different audiences from comic book fans, according to Marvel Television Senior VP of Original Programming Karim Zreik. He also noted the discrepancy between male and female viewers of something like Daredevil vs. Jessica Jones. The targeted demographic therefore appears to be women hunting for a strong female character, regardless of her ties to the comics.
With so few details, it’s difficult to speculate on which character this series will follow, though this is definitely a step in the right direction for Marvel, considering how male-focused most of their MCU properties are.
The desire to duplicate the style of Jessica Jones is a smart move, as the series received rave reviews from both fans and critics alike. It has a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has won multiple awards, including a Glamour award for International TV Actress and TVLine's Performer of the Week for Krysten Ritter in the role of Jessica Jones. Season 2 of Jessica Jones is currently filming and is expected to hit Netflix in 2018. It was recently revealed that actor David Tennant would be returning to the series, though in what capacity still remains a mystery.
Which female character from the MCU would you like to see the new series focus on?