Marvel confirms 'Hulk' and 'Jessica Jones' in development for ABC
oCmic-Con 2011 has capped off an incredible summer for Marvel Studios on the big screen. "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" are both solid hits and, while under 20th Century Fox's watch, "X-Men: First Class" put mutants back on solid cinematic footing. Now, Marvel is getting serious about its long expected foray into television programming. Marvel Television head Joesph Loeb spoke to the fans about Marvel's new shows during a panel Saturday in San Diego.
News of a new "Hulk" series has already been public for sometime, but Loeb confirmed the series was now in development at ABC and that it would be a "brand-new" take on the character centering on Bruce Banner's early days hiding his monstrous secret. Who will join the increasingly long line of actors to play Banner was not a part of the discussion.
Exciting new for "Avengers" fans was word that "AKA Jessica Jones," also for ABC, is finally gaining traction. The series will focus on Jones, a former hero who decides to reboot her life as a private investigator. Loeb sparked buzz by promising that Jones' comic book lover, Luke Cage, and best friend, Carol Danvers (aka Ms. Marvel) would be regulars on the show.
"Cloak and Dagger" is in the works for another Disney property, ABC Family. This reinvention will find the duo living in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the comics, Cloak and Dagger were two former drug addicts who were the victims of a sythetic narcotic that gave them superpowers. They have been depicted as having a somewhat co-dependent relationship and not necessarily the most stable couple around. Whether "Cloak and Dagger" can be this dark on ABC Family remains to be seen.
Loeb's fourth and final project in serious development is "Mockingbird." Another longstanding "Avengers" member, this series appears as it will make the biggest jump from its literary origins. Loeb described it as 'Alias' meeets 'Felicity.' The current take finds Bobbi Morse a science major in college who is recruited to become a master spy by a secret intelligence agency (making this S.H.I.E.L.D. would be smart). In the comics, Mockingbird is an on again, off again love interest for Hawkeye and a longstanding member of The Avengers.
On the animated side, it was announced a cartoon version of Joss Whedon's "Astonishing X-Men" and "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." were in the works. No word on what network the two series will appear.