The Hulk has had 2 films, an old-school live-action show, many cartoons and a few other iterations. Some of which lasted longer than others, but none truly worked. The character has had modest success in carrying his own story. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing has been played out, and The Hulk being chased by the military gets boring real fast. Quite simply, The Hulk doesn’t have any worth while story arcs to build a film or show around. Well, actually, there’s the Planet Hulk storyline. That WOULD be awesome, but likely to never happen.
Hulk is an extremely difficult character to translate to film or small screen. Whedon did a incredible job with him as a supporting character who was part of the team in The Avengers. In the grand scheme of things he has never really been a Superhero UNLESS Banner can control the Hulk; and that goes against the premise of “man” dealing with this monster that exists within him.
Anyway, it’s no real surprise why a new Hulk movie is stuck in limbo or long awaited TV show produced by Guillermo del Toro hasn’t passed its page to screen stage. Speaking of the latter, at San Diego’s Comic-Con the head honcho of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, spoke about the project.
Loeb told MTV that the project was currently “on pause,” adding that “the world of TV is about timing.” Basically Marvel has to “wait for the right time, the right project, right place.”
Raise your hands if you saw this coming. Timing, my ass. A Hulk TV show is never going to happen. The character is too challenging to adapt to the small screen.
Yesterday it was revealed the television show Joss Whedon is working on for Marvel will be about S.H.I.E.L.D. and will air, unsurprisingly, on ABC. This show is part of Whedon’s three year deal with Marvel which also includes him returning for The Avengers 2. Now a few more details have been unearthed, for one, Whedon won’t necessarily be a showrunner for the S.H.I.E.L.D. show but rather his involvement will be when and where he likes. Yes, it must be nice to wield the power of Whedon.
The official showrunners will be Jed Whedon, the brother of I believe you can guess who, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who notably worked with Joss on Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. These three will write the pilot and will be joined by Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb as executive producers. The rumor is Whedon will direct the pilot as well, but that’s in no way been confirmed. Though, I’m gonna say it’s likely.
More details on Joss’ involvement with the show comes from Variety’s Cynthia Littleton, who tweeted,
[Joss] reserves right to pepper in bits here and there. His bro Jed and Maurissa T. will be showrunners, he’ll just show up every now and then ‘and take credit for everything.’
Yup, that sounds about right. You make a movie that rakes in over a billion dollars and you get to do whatever the fuck you want.
Are you pumped for Joss Whedon to not only return to television but with a show set in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe?
It seems unthinkable in a world currently inundated with The Avengers but the rumor is their cartoon counterpart, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes might be getting axed upon completion of its second season. Apparently the show hasn’t been pulling in the ratings they’d like to see. Currently, EMH airs Sunday mornings on Disney XD in a block of Marvel toons including the new Ultimate Spider-Man. Hmm? Wonder where they got that idea, ::cough:: DC Nation. ::cough::
Comic Book Movie jumped on the news and quickly sought anything they could to confirm it but other than a few quotes from Jeff Loeb, now in charge of Marvel‘s television division, there isn’t much, but everything seems to lean towards EMH ending and new Avengers toon to take its place. I’ll admit Loeb’s attitude doesn’t bode well for EMH but I don’t want to vilify him just yet. Here’s some comments he made to Collider when promoting Ultimate Spider-Man,
That’s certainly something that we’re talking about. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has a tremendous following. One of the things that’s very unique about that show is that it was at a time prior to my coming in. It is a very serialized show, and there are a lot of characters. What we wanted to do with Spider-Man, and going forward, was to tell stories that are individualized. Obviously, we want everybody to watch the show every week, but we also know that people’s time is often taken. So, DVR the show, but if you’re not going to do that, the idea is that you will be able to catch up. I don’t ever want anybody to sit down on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock and suddenly feel like, “Well, I lost the last three episodes, so I don’t really know what’s going on.” The only thing that is a two-parter is the pilot, which will actually be shown in its entirety on Sunday, April 1st.
So, the show was already happening before Loeb became involved, meaning he has no real attachment to the series and he doesn’t like its serialized nature as well as its large cast. Yeah, this doesn’t sound like good news for fans of EMH.
A couple of months ago, Marvel, in it’s effort to push their characters onto the silverscreen (that’s T.V. folks) hired Jeph Loeb as Executive Vice President, Head of Television, a newly created division of Marvel Entertainment to translate it’s characters and stories to the television medium, in both live-action and animation formats. Loeb is primarily known as a comic book writer with several titles to his credit, including “Batman: The Long Halloween,” “Spider-Man: Blue” and the adjective-less “Hulk” title. However, Loeb has worked extensively on television series, including “Lost,” “Heroes” and “Smallville.” Additionally, Loeb wrote the films “Commando” and “Teen Wolf” back in the ’80s. Anyway, since that ground breaking news, we haven’t heard much on the subject. Well, in the following video interview, Marvel Editor-In-Chief, and newly appointed Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada talks more about these plans and assure inquiring fans that the company is still considering a live action series. He, however still remained elusive as to what and who exactly will feature in such a project.
Not a earth shattering update by any means, but at least it’s something. While, it seems like they are sitting on their hands and leaving their television plans in limbo I’m fairly confident they are just taking the time to figure out what projects to pursue first and plotting out what initial approaches they should take to get a good footing in the market.Particularly being under the Disney umbrella, they have a cavalcade of opportunities. They want to play things right.