If you thought Netflix was ready to takeover ABC as Marvel Television’s go-to platform, think again. Shows like Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans are very important ones to the company, and Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb just spoke out about the network’s future series.
Loeb sat down with CBR to talk about Marvel’s television projects, and it was there the executive stressed more ABC projects are on the way.
“Absolutely. Absolutely. Obviously these aren’t things I can talk about. But look, as it is with every single one of the networks that we have gotten with that this is with, and whether it’s Fox or it’s FX or it’s Freeform, or it’s Hulu, or it’s Netflix, ABC is always going to be our mothership,” he explained.
“It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we’re a good fit for each other.”
Of course, some fans may be curious as to why ABC passed over projects like Daredevil and The Defenders. Netflix may not be Marvel’s so-called mothership, but the site’s superhero content has received more praise than other Marvel TV ventures. According to Loeb, shows like Luke Cage were shifted over to Netflix since they’re content would not be appropriate for ABC.
“I think people confuse the fact that we go to other networks as a sign that we’re not on ABC,” Loeb explained. “The truth of the matter is that those shows weren’t appropriate for us to be on ABC. How do we know that? We talk to ABC and we talk about what is it that you’re looking for?”
Agents of SHIELD caught ABC’s eye thanks to its thrilling genre, and Agent Carter did the same with its period setting. As for Inhumans, Loeb explained the miniseries’ family drama is what reeled in the network.
“What [ABC] got excited about Marvel’s Inhumans was the family drama aspect of it and the possibilities of something that had a big epic feel to it, but at the same time something that was small and intimate enough that they could get an audience hooked on it and so that’s where we started.”
Marvel's Inhumans is now playing in IMAX theaters. It will premiere on ABC on September 29th.