Marvel Studios' upcoming slate of films is expected to continue the company’s trend toward more diverse projects: while Shang-Chi will be the company's first outing for an Asian superhero, Natalie Portman is returning to the MCU to take on the title role in Thor: Love and Thunder. Given the success of Captain Marvel and Scarlett Johansson's upcoming Black Widow standalone movie, shifting the focus to badass women is a strategy that's paying off for the comic book company.
And now it appears that Marvel with take that focus on female characters to the small screen as well, as the studio is reportedly in talks with ABC about a new project.
According to Deadline, ABC—which, like Marvel, is owned by Disney—is set to develop a series based on a female Marvel superhero. While the exact character is not yet clear, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke shared that she has "spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular.” Not many details beyond that are known, but Burke did clarify that the project would be about "something brand new, mostly."
This series, as Deadline points out, will fill the niche currently occupied by Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is set to conclude in 2020 with its seventh season.
Previously, ABC has committed to another female-focused, hour-long series from Allan Heinberg, writer of DC’s Wonder Woman (2017). As a result, ABC could be mining from any number of properties, either with existing Marvel Cinematic Universe characters such as Misty Knight of Luke Cage, or as-yet-untapped heroes.