Is the long standing partnership between Marvel and ABC about to come to an end?
While nothing of the sort has been said by either company, it isn’t too far fetched to think something is stirring given that Agent Carter has been cancelled (the first Marvel show to ‘fail’) while Agents of SHIELD spinoff Most Wanted, featuring Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, didn’t get past the pilot stage.
Speaking in the wake of the network’s Television Critics Association summer tour panel, ABC president Channing Dungey said, with regard to Most Wanted, that it “did not feel as strong as some of the other pilots that we shot”.
“We talked about it with Marvel and we all came to an agreement that we want to figure out what the next show is that we do together, is something that we all feel is as creatively strong as it can be,” she said.
Was this a decision by ABC and would they by happy to see it resurrected elsewhere? It certainly seems so.
“We certainly are open if they were to find another home for it to have that happen” she added.
In regard to the cancellation of Agent Carter, it seems this again was a decision by ABC.
Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb has revealed in an interview with Business Insider that, prior to the show’s cancellation, there were never any conversations it ending.
“There were no conversations,” Loeb said “We had a call from the network. The network said they were cancelling the show.”
This decision, it seems, was financial. The third season of Carter just wasn’t bringing in the ratings.
So where does this leave the ABC/Marvel partnership? Well, who knows. But it definitely seems that things are changing. And with the success of Marvel/Netflix shows such as Daredevil it could be that the comic studio may well put all of its eggs into one streaming basket.