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

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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.



Comments (67)

  • When is Cobie Smulders contract up with HIMYM? Because a Maria Hill TV Series is the way to go

    Comment by ggny – August 7, 2012 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as it’s 100% Whedon, I’m down. Is Tim Minear doing anything these days?

    Comment by Sam – August 7, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • God I would love a Black Widow series!!! Even if he has to replace Scarlett Johannson with Eliza Dushku or Christina Hendricks that would be a great series!!!!

    Comment by JASon – August 7, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that is ridiculous….

      Comment by Shaun – August 8, 2012 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Except that Dushku, while lovely, can’t really act and Hendricks is on Mad Men.

    Comment by Floodlit World – August 7, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mad Men is almost over isn’t it?. As for Eliza, Joss and his fans seem to like her. I’ve always liked her acting. She will never win an academy award but she can kick ass and throw off one liners as well as the rest of them!!!

    Comment by JASon – August 7, 2012 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are at least 2 more seasons of Mad Men to come. So no, not “almost over.”

      Comment by Simon Jester – August 7, 2012 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You had me at Joss Whedon!

    Comment by Brian – August 7, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here. That’s really awesome news.

      Comment by malikb – August 7, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same. I would watch anything if he’s on board. That guy is a genius, I love him! Side note: I miss BtVS so f***ing much, ugh !!

      Comment by Alex – August 7, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. I’ve enjoyed just about everything he’s done, and I’m looking forward to whatever this show ends up being.

      Comment by Julie – August 8, 2012 03:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, if anyone can do it right, it’s him.

    Comment by Carrie – August 7, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Especially now that he’s affiliated with ABC and wrestled out of the miserable relationship he had with Fox.

      Comment by Kiki – August 7, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. This is what I’m most excited about. I mean I’m as excited for “The Avengers 2″ as the next fanboy, but its the prospects of this potential TV series that really has me interested. Given that it will be his first non-fox television property, not to mention his first series since proving himself as an A-Lister, it should be very interesting/exciting to see how it all pans out.

        Comment by Tommy – August 8, 2012 08:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I believe that the Hulk on TV is not goingto look anything like the Hulk in the Avengers 2012. The will like hellboy and the original Hulk from the 1970″s television series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. The Incredible Hulk prody xxx film rated David Banner played by Dale albone watch on YouTube.

          Comment by Gilberto Edwards – August 30, 2012 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fantastic! I’m as excited about this new as I am to see Whedon in him debut in his acting role on Aug 15th for “Husbands” – the online sitcom by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell. Whedon plays Brady Kelly’s sports agent – on lovehusbands.com – word is that Whedon is GOOD! :D – Not that there would have been any doubt, considering the man’s talents!

    Comment by xof1013 – August 7, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • its not his debut acting role, he appeared in an episode of angel, an episode of veronica mars and a web series which is connected to firefly, plus he was originally going to play badger in firefly too

      Comment by Alan – August 7, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. Which is why it doesn’t say “his acting debut” – it says “see him debut in his acting role on Aug 15th for Husbands”. :D

        Comment by xof1013 – August 7, 2012 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • sorry i misread that badly

          Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nicholas Brendan in “The Adventures of Rick Jones”!

    Comment by Mstrmike – August 7, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Runaways”? Please?

    Comment by steveo – August 7, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG yes. That would be a perfect fit for Joss Whedon!

      Comment by Noviere (@gNoviere) – August 7, 2012 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, actually, his run on the comic could have been better, honestly, but I think that was mostly because the original creator had kind of exhausted the premise right before. he took over.

        The good news is that he’s a big fan of the series.

        I know Marvel was high on a movie possibility for a while, but that seems to have fizzled, and it could be a great TV series, especially if they can get Vaughan in the room!

        Comment by steveo – August 7, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • possibly, although i think jessica jones is more likely given whedons tv history and that a show following her has been in development at marvel for about 2 years now

      Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I doubt this’ll happen for a a few years, but at the moment; Tim Minear is a producer on AHS, but I’d guess would want to work with JH. Dushku has a show called leap year and as cruel as it is, can’t lead imo. Yo-saf-bridge can lead, but not sure she’d be the right fit for a small screen Black Widow (why wouldn’t they make that a movie?). I think a SHIELD series with Gregg & Smulders is the way to go. Wouldn’t need to be cgi heavy and could serve act as a prequel for a few seasons. Ultimately, it depends if JW is going to lend his name to the project or role up his sleeves and how quickly they get things moving. Autumn 2013 would be great, but very difficult.

    Comment by Dan – August 7, 2012 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A series about SHIELD would not be my first choice… I’m sure Joss could make it great, but I just don’t find that terribly exciting.

      Comment by Noviere (@gNoviere) – August 7, 2012 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My thinking is based on the movie verse, so was thinking they could put s1 around IM1 & Hulk, s2 around IM2 & Thor, S3 around Cap & Avengers … what would you like to see them do?

        Comment by Dan – August 8, 2012 02:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um, can Joss invent a new superhero for Marvel? :) I’d love that!

    Comment by Alyssa – August 7, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Some kind of like Shield show would be nifty. Maybe looking into how it came to be through the different organizations of the world.

    Comment by Mark – August 7, 2012 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sorry, but The Avengers sucked… Dollhouse sucked… Pretty much everything he’s done since Firefly has sucked. I no longer look forward to anything that he does.

    Now, if they announced that Christopher Nolan was doing a DC series, I’d be psyched.

    Comment by Drew – August 7, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You are right. The Avengers was ok. Dollhouse was terrible. Was not into Firefly. I was a big buffy fan and I liked Cabin in the woods. But it was unforgivable on how he ended Angel. He does not need to helm a tv series.

      Comment by Bozalini – August 7, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m curious what you didn’t like about Angel’s ending. It’s not typically the kind of ending I like, but I thought it actually fit the series really well.

        Comment by Julie – August 8, 2012 03:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • that wasnt supposed to be an ending you know, he wanted a sixth season but it wasnt given to him

        Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • YOU DIDN’T LIKE FIREFLY?!?!!? Are you a Fox executive?

        Comment by Alicia – August 8, 2012 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I guess everyones entitled an opinion but I so disagree. Avengers was awesome…everything I’ve seen Nolan do “sucks”. Only Batman out of the trilogy that was good was “Begins”. The rest were crap.

      Comment by Steve – August 8, 2012 04:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Avengers was about 90% about the good guys fighting their own stupidity. If they had a lick of sense, the movie would have been 20 minutes long. To me, that was far more frustrating than entertaining, especially considering that they had already damaged a couple of the other Marvel movies just so they could set up this one. It needed to be amazing in order to make it worth the price they paid with those other movies, and it just wasn’t. The writing was not just sloppy, it was laughable. The shortcuts that Joss took with the story, just so he could get to the next stupid action sequence, were unforgivable.

        His characters used to drive his work. The Buffy ensemble was great together. The Firefly team was one of the best on television… But then, Joss stopped caring about characters. Dollhouse didn’t even have any for about a season and a half. His Buffy season 8 comics made me feel like a loser for ever liking Buffy in the first place, they were so bad. And The Avengers seemed to want me to ignore the plot and just look at the pretty pictures.

        He went from genius to hack at some point, and it doesn’t look like he’s trying to come back from that.

        Comment by Drew – August 8, 2012 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • have you ever read a team up comic book, the heroes usually spend the first half beating the crap out of each other, he was just being true to the comics, and would you have rathered the unbelieveable situation where everyone gets on and works together flawlessly from the begining

          Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I didn’t say that my problem with with them not liking each other. My problem was that if they weren’t complete idiots, most of the movie could have been avoided. This says nothing about the convenient shortcuts that Joss took whenever he got tired of something being too difficult and didn’t want to worry about making something happen naturally.

            It has nothing to do with the comics or how the characters get along. It has to do with the fact that Joss should have spent more time developing the stories and the characters. Even in a comic book movie, you have to develop stories and characters.

            Comment by Drew – August 8, 2012 01:56 PM PDT  
  • I suggest Nathan Fillion as fatman .

    Comment by monica – August 7, 2012 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oh wow a nathan fillion is overweight joke, how very original. anyway i just dont see it, he looks like a regular to me, not overweight at all

      Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think they should do a Heroes For Hire series.

    Comment by Thomas – August 7, 2012 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would love to see a S.H.I.E.L.D. series in the style of Alias and 24. Great lineup would be Maria Hill, Sharon Carter, Clay Quartermaine, Alexander Pierce, Jasper Sitwell, Jimmy Woo, and the Contessa.

    Comment by Fox – August 7, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think this is the way they are gonna go

      Comment by ggny – August 7, 2012 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Too bad they killed the greatest agent SHIELD has ever known!

        Comment by AgentPhilCoulson – August 7, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its a great day to be a Whedonite. News that he’ll write/direct Avengers 2 and that he’s returning to tv. Its just like the best thing ever.
    .
    Finally, he’s being given the massive platform and support he deserves to share his vision.
    .
    The female characters on that tv show are going to be so badass. And the male characters that will love them for that!

    Comment by mia – August 7, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whedon produced Runaways with Colbie Smulders as the SHIELD agent ordered to contain the “young meta problem” is a must buy for ABC.

    Comment by Spamburglar – August 7, 2012 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I could see Summer Glau taking a leading role in the tv show based on Marvels characters.

    Comment by Summer Glau admirer (@chrisdvanne) – August 7, 2012 11:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Please no. She’s awful. Can’t stand looking at her.

      Comment by Mark – August 8, 2012 02:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Young Avengers. Calling it.
    Young Avengers tv-series made by Joss.
    KATE EFFIN BISHOP written by Joss.
    HULKLING/WICCAN BY JOSSSS GODDAMNIT!
    *keeps dreaming*

    Comment by ArcaneW – August 8, 2012 01:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES!!!!! If this actually happened my vocal cords would give out from screaming. Everyone cross your fingers! To have the characters of Young Avenger (Wiccan, Hulkling, Speed, Vision, etc.) under the control of Joss Whedon would be amazing.

      Comment by Walter – August 8, 2012 06:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Astonishing X-Men was written by Whedon, so wouldn’t be surprised if they adapt it to TV.

    Comment by Joe – August 8, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • marvel dont have the rights to xmen

      Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Or at least most Xmen…..think they have Scarlet Witch and quicksilver.

        Comment by Shaun – August 8, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • marvel has tv rights to all there characters, the films rights are were the disputes are. As for the series either Doctor Strange, Runaways, or SHIELD seem like the best candidates.

        Comment by Lily-Anne – August 21, 2012 06:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So very very excited about this!

    Comment by Kirstin E. Jewell – August 8, 2012 07:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • very exciting on so many levels. i can’t wait to see what they come up with. it could also be a s.h.e.i.l.d. show, international spies and police. i like the idea of colbie as maria being there.
    or wasp, janet is a fashion designer. that could be cool.

    Comment by Liz – August 8, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think SHIELD show is probably where they’re going, but so many characters could appear. SHIELD could be dealing with the emergence of superheroes all over. It could be a great opportunity to show Blade, The Punisher, and Moon Knight (who will sadly probably never get his own movie) but those characters may be too violent for ABC or would have to be watered down. Still, I am excited by the news. And I love Summer Glau and hope she gets a role along with Eliza Dushku.

    Comment by Mikael – August 8, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I find myself hoping for something featuring Cable and Domino.

    Comment by GeekGirl13 – August 8, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • no mutants, rights issue im afraid

      Comment by Alan – August 8, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brilliant news! Joss should bring in Whedon alums who are free to sweeten the deal even more, off the top of my head a must is Clark Gregg (don’t say it!!), James Marsters (a given! I miss him speaking Whedonese), Amber Benson, Nick Brendon, Alexis Denisof (he can play two parts!), Amy Acker, Emma Caulfield, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Mark Sheppard (OH GOD YES), Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin (can be a super-villain he said so to Stan Lee!), Jewel Staite, Fran Kranz, and Enver Gjokaj (he two can be two people! or the cop can be on the show).

    Comment by shan – August 8, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes please!

    Comment by Mitholas – August 8, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joss Whedon and The Avengers in a TV show? Sounds great. And they should so try and get Cobie Smulders, she’s great and HIMYM has, what, like 1 or 2 seasons left so that’s doable, they could start it fall 2014. That would be perfect.
    And something about the SHIELD would be nice. They could have a lot of different superheroes coming in with different issues all the time. They could come up with a lot of ideas.

    Comment by AnnClau – August 8, 2012 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two Words- DAMAGE CONTROL!! Great comic book series about the folk who had to clean up after the damages that the super-heroes made, and could easily have it supervised by Shield and have various super-heroes guest-star. Also could develop new heroes as a result, etc…I trust Josh & Marvel to come up with something great!!

    Comment by HulkSmash – August 8, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Cloak & Dagger series was announced to be in development last year, but they never announced who was writing it. Maybe Joss is doing re-writes on that? It’s a very Joss-y premise if you ask me.

    Comment by Walter – August 9, 2012 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want say that the New Hulk TV series needs a writer right now to speed up things little bit quickly so they could cast a look alike actor like Bill Bixby and Edward Norton for Bruce Banner role or end up casting Edward Norton for leading role.

    Comment by Gilberto Edwards – August 30, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to say that they need to replace mark ruffalo after making another
    Hulk face.Then replace ruffalo for Edward Norton.

    Comment by Gilberto Edwards – September 24, 2012 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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