Super News: The Avengers' Joss Whedon to Develop Live-Action Marvel TV Series for ABC

Joss WhedonJoss Whedon fans rejoice: The auteur is by no means leaving behind the small screen following his huge movie success.

The Avengers director is set to develop a live-action TV series set within the Marvel universe for ABC, Disney chief Bob Iger announced during an earnings call, Variety reports.

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The news come on the heels of talk (per our sister site Deadline) that ABC is looking to expand the popular Avengers film franchise into a TV series. Any connection between the TV project and the feature film would be loose, using some of its themes and feel, but not necessarily the same characters. After all, The Avengers 2, to be written and directed by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator, is still to come.

ABC has long aspired to get a Marvel-based series on the air. A live-action reboot of The Hulk — from filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) — was in development for fall 2011, as was Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg’s AKA Jessica Jones. While neither project was picked up to series, Hulk is still in the works, with a new writer being sought to adapt the comic, Deadline noted.