Jeph Loeb Updates Us On Upcoming Marvel TV Shows… Sorta

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 02:00 pm GMT -4 by

The Executive Vice President and Head of Marvel Television responsible for live-action drama and animation has had quite a career. He wrote the scripts for ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘Commando’. He wrote for ‘Smallville’, ‘Lost’, and ‘Heroes’. And on top of all that, he’s an Eisner-winning comic book writer. This man goes by the name of Jeph Loeb, and he certainly knows what he’s doing.

Collider was lucky enough to talk to Loeb yesterday about Disney XD’s upcoming action adventure animated series ‘Ultimate Spider-man’, which will debut alongside ‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ as part of the block titled ‘Marvel Universe’ starting on April 1st. The series follows a teenage Peter Parker, voiced by Drake Bell, as he deals with being a superhero and a high school student. The show also features the vocal talents of Tara Strong, Adrian Pasdar, Matt Lanter, Joe DiMaggio, J.K. Simmons, Clark Gregg, and Stan Lee.

During the interview, they also slipped in a question about the different live-action projects that Marvel Television has in the works. Let’s take a look at the list: At ABC, there’s ‘The Hulk’, ‘AKA Jessica Jones’, and ‘The Punisher’. Then, at ABC Family, there’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ and ‘Mockingbird’. When asked for an update on all of these series, Loeb said:

“All I can tell you is that […] they’re just in development. As you know, as with anything that you’re doing, particularly when you’re starting up a brand new entity, things take time and we want to make sure we get it right.”

That’s not a whole lot to go on right now, but it’s something, right?

Guillermo del Toro

Here’s what we know as of now about these series. We know the most about ‘The Hulk’ so far, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new. What we know is that director Guillermo del Toro and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ executive producer David Eick will produce it. Also, if del Toro is available, he’ll direct the pilot that tells Bruce Banner’s origin story. ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ is based on the comic book series ‘Alias’, which features the former superhero known as Jewel who traded in her costume to become a private investigator. ‘The Punisher’ follows Frank Castle and his one-man war against crime.

Venturing over to a younger demographic, we know that ‘Cloak and Dagger’ is about two teenagers who find each other and realize that their powers both compliment and complicate their lives. ‘Mockingbird’ will chronicle the life of Bobbi Morse as she is recruited from college to be a part of S.H.E.I.L.D. as a super spy.

I don’t know about you, but these shows sound way more interesting to me than anything currently on those networks right now. I’m aware that I might have a slight bias, but all these shows have great stories behind them, and they will be a great way to introduce the non-comic book reading public to Marvel’s smaller heroes. Hopefully, business starts picking up so we can finally step even deeper into the Marvel Universe via our television sets!

  • Michael McDonnell

    Think they’re holding out for a later pilot season because it’s too
    expensive because they want to do animatronic/ CG Hulk on television and
    fight the military.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      No you are wrong again they not using full CGI they will using a prosthetcis creature as well than Animation or Animatronic/CGI. 

  • Michael McDonnell

    They’re taking all the Marvel TV show slow to get them right,
    Loeb’s answer in a update is always the same “we’re in development” they
    said they were going for the 2012-13 season but now the pilot season
    has ended they may say next year but then the next and the next.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Jeph Leob is very careful on the creation and slowly will get the Hulk creation right by drawing it out from the marvel comic book and Television Series starring Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk.

  • Michael McDonnell

     Even though the Marvel guys say it’s in development what are the chances
    of it seeing the light of day?, Marvel is probably demanding too much
    like having 5 or 6 live action shows of their characters.

    The Star Wars show has been in development since 2005 but is on hold
    awaiting advances in technology and reductions in prices, think the same
    thing might be happening with the Hulk, they want an animatronic/ CGI
    Hulk week to week, what if they have to compromise that with a guy in a
    green muscle suit, they can’t wait around for advances in technology and
    reductions in prices or a greenlight from ABC forever.

    They do say the series will be more about the love story between Bruce
    Banner and Betty Ross which maybe an affordable way to do it.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      The producers and Marvel Television head name Jeph Leob is trying to get rid of the full CGI technology and reverse it back to mixtures of puppetry and Prosthetics involve.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Kevin Feige said just recently there are no plans for another
    solo Hulk movie so that probably means we’re getting Hulk TV in the next
    couple or few years with another Bruce Banner and Betty Ross.

    • bsilverio20

      Yup, I actually covered that yesterday: http://sciencefiction.com/2012/04/16/hulk-smashes-in-new-clip-for-the-avengers/

      It’s a shame that they’ll probably get a new Banner. I’d like to see Ruffalo in the role again.

      • Gilberto Edwards

        Don’t like mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner but another Bruce Banner actor of The younger one in his mid 20′s unrelated to mark ruffalo.

      • Gilberto Edwards

        The will use another actor for The role of Bruce Banner in The New Hulk TV series coming next year. Mark Ruffalo was ask if was involve he  said no he won’t be playing Bruce Banner in the Hulk TV series.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Wrong they still will bring back the Hulk back on TV this year in early or late fall and will get it done right. 

      • Michael McDonnell

        There has been no announcment that it’s been greenlit back in January because that’s when all the pilots get greenlit in the pilot season even the Green Arrow series has greenlit in January and is filming right now and is set for the fall, there’s no offical release date for Hulk, there is no time for it to get it ready for the fall of this year so it’s likely it be next year

  • Michael McDonnell

    A CG Hulk would be too expensive to do on televison week to week so they would have to simplify the Hulk effects like putting on a green prosthetic muscle suit.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      The will mix the CGI with mostly prosthetics  and puppetry including Lou Ferrigno will be involve with the New Hulk TV Series Coming 2013 that’s why they move it to next year,Lou had something to do with moving it to next year.

  • Michael McDonnell

     Simplify the Hulk effects maybe the only solution because making a TV
    series is not the same as making a movie because of time and budget
    constraints. A green muscle suit would be Del Toro’s alley because he
    likes practial and make up effects, would be like Hellboy were they put
    Ron Perlman in a red muscle suit and make up, there was a Hulk suit in
    the alternate ending of Scary Movie 3 but that was a comedic
    representation of the character, a hulk suit would be like the Hellboy
    make up or the Doomsday Smallville make up. Would be interesting if they
    go that route have Banner and the Hulk be played by the same actor.

  • Michael McDonnell

    The Avengers movie has created the possibility for a new Hulk movie, in
    2015. They say if the Hulk success continues, Marvel will spin him off
    to a stand alone TV series next year supported by a big budget franchise
    movie in 2015.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Not true at all The Untiled Hulk Movie had Rumored Mark Ruffalo that doesn’t mean he will be having his own movie said Paul Glitter Marvel President of costumers products. He’s a vice president of Marvel Studios too. The New Hulk TV will have a Bruce Banner in his mid 20′s like Edward Norton not Ruffalo.

  • Michael McDonnell

    There was no anouncement back in January that it was greenlit so they might greenlght it next January which is the time of the year were pilots and TV shows get greenlit.

    Because of the success of The Avengers they hope now to have a another solo Hulk movie by 2015.

    Updates are not predictions things are liable to change.

  • Michael McDonnell

    I just heard that it maybe in develpment for 2013-14 season but Jessica Jones is stalled.

    Because of the success of The Avengers they decideed to fast track it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    The Hulk is coming in 2013, ABC thought they’ll have it ready for this year but didn’t turn out that way. Because of the success of The Avengers they probably decided to fast track it. They passed on Jessica Jones.

    Del Toro has been busy with Pacific Rim and now has Pinocchio and Beauty & the Beast possibly lined up right after it, so would he have time to do a Hulk TV series?.

    • bsilverio20

      Yup, I reported on the passing of ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ (http://sciencefiction.com/2012/05/16/networks-pass-on-the-punisher-and-aka-jessica-jones/). I was really bummed to hear about that. 

      I’m not sure what his plans are exactly, but I hope Del Toro can fit it in between those two projects. Like you said, they might fast track it with the success of The Avengers, so I’m hoping that he gets to it sooner rather than later.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      The Incredible Hulk New live action TV series will not be ready this year but next year a possibility it will be ready.The Incredible Hulk New series coming 2013 is related to the 2008 Incredible Hulk with a big budget film business in 2015 release. Edward Norton is contract to reprised the role in Incredible Hulk 2 Not Mark Ruffalo that was rumored in the Untiled Hulk Movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

     Ruffalo has been praised universally for his performance and is set to star in a Hulk sequel for 2015.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Mark Ruffalo won’t be starring in The Incredible Hulk 2 its a rumor instead its Edward Norton.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Mark Ruffalo signs a six movie picture deal with marvel means he’ll do only 5 movies with the Avengers and a cameo with the six movie picture deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    All the other characters in The Avengers and their solo movies were not
    played by two separate actors simultaneously, so thats means that Mark
    Ruffalo might do a Hulk movie of his own.

    • Gilberto Edwards

      Mark Ruffalo will not be playing Bruce Banner in a Hulk Sequel or The Hulk TV Series coming 2013.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-McDonnell/868645580 Michael McDonnell

    Think with Del Toro involved he’ll make it more of a monster oriented series?