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DC Comics Television: The Competition
Last week we took a look at the properties DC Comics has currently on television, and what they have on deck for the future. This week, in the wake of both Arrow and The Flash taking their mid-season break, we examine what DC’s competitor MARVEL has in store for the future.
As many of you know by now, MARVEL has successfully launched a powerful, shared universe that not only connects the films, but also has a television tie-in in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not only has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D grown to become an interesting show, despite it’s rocky start, but it looks to be gaining more and more momentum with each episode. However, MARVEL looks to have more in the pipeline when it comes to their regular series.
In an interesting move, MARVEL has signed a deal with Netflix for four different shows, as well as a miniseries. The not-so-friendly neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York will be the backdrop for MARVELs street-level heroes, as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, the recently reacquired property of Daredevil, and Jessica Jones deal out their own brands of justice, along with The Defenders being the mini-series mentioned.
Given the backdrop for these heroes, it will be interesting to see how they differentiate themselves from DC’s Arrow series, given the already “gritty” nature of the show. However, one thing that will immediately set one of these series apart is the main character. Already having found it’s star, there’s probably a bit of pressure on the Jessica Jones series to deliver as a female Superhero, though given the background for her series, I think the character can make quite the impression.
MARVEL wants to get their characters and their series out to the general audience in a number of ways, and while series like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist can be entertaining, It’s also important that they remember that “dark and gritty” isn’t what everyone wants. Luckily, MARVEL has a number of heroes that can show the lighter side of their universe.
Characters like Captain Marvel, Gambit, Captain Britain, Dazzler, and of course Spider-Man are just some of the creations, MARVEL has that could help to show off the diversity and brighter side of the MARVEL Universe and help further the comic book series genre of television in the long run.
Both MARVEL and DC have a wealth of characters that they could bring to the forefront. Men and women like Moon Knight, The Question, Punisher, Zatanna, Toyman, White Tiger, and Stargirl, just to name a few. Comic characters touch so many different kinds of genres and are so diverse that there’s a character for virtually everyone and every successful television series, movie, and book is one step closer to seeing more of your favorite characters make the jump to being the next Superman, Iron Man, Batman, or Captain America.
The Big Two are going to be hitting us with a lot of content over the next few years. So stay tuned in to find out what’s around the corner, ladies and bros!