In Marvel's live-action TV projects, Hulk returns to his beginnings, super-spy Mockingbird and Cloak & Dagger get their own shows, and A.K.A. Jessica Jones introduces Luke Cage and Miss Marvel. Plus the animated return of J.K. Simmons's J. Jonah Jameson!
Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb confirmed that four projects are currently in development: Hulk and A.K.A. Jessica Jones for ABC, and Cloak & Dagger and the previously unannounced Mockingbird for ABC Family. All four shows are still in the development stage, which means they are still a long ways away from showing up on our screens, but all four shows are being actively worked on at the moment.
For Hulk, Loeb promised a brand-new take on the character that would head back to his early days, when Bruce Banner's terrifying secret wasn't yet public knowledge and he didn't know the full extent of his enormous powers. Loeb said a big focus for the show will be the love story between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross, who would be brought together and torn apart by the monster within him.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones, based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, will follow failed superhero Jessica Jones as she rebuilds her life as a private detective. Loeb promised two much-discussed characters would indeed be in the show: Luke Cage and Carol Danvers, better known as the superhero Miss Marvel.
While those two are the big ABC shows, Marvel is also working on two projects with ABC Family. Loeb revealed Cloak and Dagger will follow the two characters in post-Katrina New Orleans, which he said was a good example of how the Marvel universe is the real world, just with the one added element of people with superpowers.
Finally, there's Mockingbird, which is the one show that wasn't previous rumored to be in development. The show is in the very early stages, and it follows the story of Bobbi Morse, a science major at a prestigious university in Silicon Valley. She is recruited by a top spy agency, and she has to balance her spy life and college life in what Loeb called "Alias meets Felicity", and then thanked J.J. Abrams for the double influence.
On the animated side of things, Marvel showed a sizzle reel of 2012's Ultimate Spider-Man, which is being produced by long-time DC animated universe writer Paul Dini and features original comics writer Brian Michael Bendis as creative consultant. The show features two well-known movie actors reprising their roles: J.K. Simmons is back as J. Jonah Jameson, while Clark Gregg moves outside the Marvel cinematic universe to play Agent Coulson on the show. The show also features Drake Bell as Spider-Man, Chi McBride as Nick Fury, and Stan Lee as...well, as Stan Lee, basically.
The panel also announced two other animated shows in development: an adaptation of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's run on Astonishing X-Men, featuring Cassaday as a creative consultant, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., which Paul Dini is working on and which features Green Hulk, Red Hulk, Scar, A-Bomb, and She-Hulk.