The glory days of Marvel comics have been questionable of late despite being a big hit to fans from all over the world over the years after the release of the Marvel’s Inhumans during the weekend.
Marvel’s Inhumans had been termed as the worst thing it has done in years after the show earning an estimated $1.5 million, despite airing on 400 IMAX screens. This may suggest a downfall in one of the biggest cinema companies in the world but considering its expansion of late and the promising Thor: Ragnarok with The Defenders being met with good-natured ambivalence and Iron Fist was greeted with derision.
Marvel television has grown and is expected to continue growing after expanding to Netflix, FX, and Hulu. Despite this growth, Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb reiterated that ABC is still the “mothership” of Marvel’s television slate when addressing comic book resources:
“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. It is a Disney-owned network. We are a Disney-owned corporation and we’re a good fit for each other,” he expressed.
Loeb further explained why ABC is still the best fit for the Marvel model:
“We speak a lot of the same language and the kinds of things that are important to them, which is people rising up again adversity; real emotion; a strong female character, but also a strong sense of family and questions of identity. All of those things are key to being a successful ABC show, but they’re also key to being a Marvel show. So in that way we’re going to go and see what happens along the way,” he concluded.