The eight-issue series was released in 2003 and spawned multiple follow-ups with a direct one penned by Greg Pak. The series put us in a world where superheroes were around during the Elizabethan era, though this occurred due to Captain America having been sent into the past which also caused heroes to appear.
The comics starred Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, and the X-Men with future installments including Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, and Witchhunter Angela among others.
According to Gaiman, who was asked if this is a project that could have legs, revealed:
I asked Marvel TV about me making 1602 last year, but they weren’t interested. Such a pity. https://t.co/9LH7mxC5wa
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 27, 2019
It should be noted that Gaiman appears to have pitched this before the massive success of ‘Good Omens,’ the birth of Disney+, Disney’s controlling interest in Hulu, and the introduction of the Multiverse in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ With that in mind, it is easy to imagine that this is an idea which could bear fruit down the line but not one I would get my hopes up for anytime soon.
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I think the series could be an excellent fit for either Disney+ or Hulu but with the lack of warfare and weaponry that the series was known for, I think it would really make for a great Disney+ outing. For those of you familiar with the comics, the studio could optionally not include the entire time displacement of the heroes in the story arc to keep this as an ongoing series. This would be a significant change as much of the plot is based around this reality having been created from a Captain America who has been transferred into the past by one of his enemies. However, it is one that could be done by just having the heroes evolve naturally during this time period in this world.
Would you love to see a televised version of ‘Marvel 1602’? Which characters or aspects of the story arc would you like to see translated to the small screen? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!
Source: Neil Gaiman’s Twitter