As of this writing, Marvel’s “The Avengers” has scored $1.46 billion smackeroos at the worldwide box office, and its upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release promises to add a few more smackeroos to that final number. With that kind of popularity, it’s no wonder Marvel is talking about a TV version of the movie with ABC.
Well, sort of.
It’s way early in the process right now, but apparently there have been talks, or, “conversation” between the movie studio and TV network ABC about possibly exploring an “The Avengers” TV series. But before you get too excited, there’s a huge caveat. Deadline says the project is “expected to be set in the [Avengers] universe and feature some of its themes and feel but may not include any characters from Joss Whedon’s blockbuster”.
Which, obviously, begs the question: what’s the point of an Avengers movie if it doesn’t involve any of the Avengers?
Well, the superheroes aren’t the only characters in “The Avengers”. Remember all those guys in slinky black uniforms? You know, those regular guys with guns? Yes, SHIELD. My guess is, if you’re going to do an “Avengers” TV show set in that universe and not have it star, say, Renner’s Hawkeye or Scarlett Johansson’s The Black Widow, it would probably have to follow the agents of SHIELD instead.
I could be wrong, of course, but that’s just my guess. Of course, Marvel has been trying to get a foothold in the live-action TV market for a while now, but nothing has really stuck. I’m not holding my breath for that “Hulk” TV show from Guillermo del Toro, either.
By the way, how much would I not mind a TV show based around SHIELD starring, oh, I don’t know, maybe Cobie Smulders? Tons. I wouldn’t mind tons.