It seems that the continued success of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ over in the theatrical version of the MCU has gotten the folks over in Marvel Television very interested in the idea of doing a more comedic series sometime in the near future, at least according to Marvel Television’s senior vice-president of original programming Karim Zreik, who spoke recently at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
Zreik went on to talk about the genre of comedy as “something we really want to go into” as a way to “target different audiences,” going into how every show they have released has that goal in mind. For example, on Netflix, ‘Daredevil’ targets more of a male audience, ‘Jessica Jones’ a female audience, ‘Luke Cage’ a mixed audience, and apparently ‘Iron Fist’ a younger audience (because older fans know better than to enjoy it apparently).
To be clear, though, Zreik did warn fans not to expect any kind of ‘Office’ or ‘Parks and Recreation’ type of show as that is something they would, in his words, “never do,” which I took as a direct jab toward the DC competition who tried to do exactly that last season with ‘Powerless,’ and failed miserably. My guess is that if Marvel television took a shot at comedy it would still be in the realm of a superhero show, only the hero themselves would just be funnier, his/her stories, personality, and surrounding characters, everything would just not be taken as seriously, which would definitely be a departure from say, the tone of things over in the Netflix corner of the MCU, and even from ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ where things have gotten pretty grim. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ proved you can still have a superhero story with a lot of humor that is not a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie, so hopefully they will go more in that direction, though what hero they might attempt this with it beyond me. If they had more rights I would guess ‘Fantastic Four’ or ‘Deadpool’ would have been a fun comedic series, but since those are still with 20th Century Fox, it’s anyone’s guess what characters Marvel will pull out of the archives for this comedy series.
What do you think of Marvel television trying their hand at comedy? Do you have any theories on what heroes/ stories they might use for the show? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!
Source: Screen Rant