ABC Wants a Female-Focused MARVEL Show to Replace AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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ABC is in "active talks" with Marvel for a new female superhero-led TV series to replace Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after that show's 2020 finale, according to Deadline.

"I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular," ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said. "[The character(s) would be] something brand new, mostly," with Deadline paraphrasing her saying that "the series would fit in with its strategy of female-focused superheroes."

According to the Hollywood trade, this project is separate from the female-focused Marvel Television show Allan Heinberg worked on for ABC in 2018; that project was reportedly canceled at the pilot stage. The network has had numerous Marvel shows in development over the years but passed on them, including Jessica Jones, Marvel's Most Wanted, a "Jessica Jones-esque" comedy, and the Squirrel Girl/New Warriors show which it developed for its sister station, Freeform.

Deadline doesn't specify what hero(es) ABC is centered on, but specifically mentions She-Hulk, Danielle Moonstar, and Misty Knight as possible candidates.

Also, Burke's statement doesn't specify which branch of Marvel they are in "active talks" with about the show; although Marvel Television produced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC, Marvel Studios is now separately developing TV shows such as The Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye, and the animated What If...?.

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