Looks like it continues to be a Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press event full of good news/bad news for viewers–this time, it’s Marvel fans who need to prep for the emotional roller coaster. While Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is proudly represented this year ahead of its Season 7 return, new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced that the network will not be moving ahead with its pilot order for a female superhero-centric drama from Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg. Under his overall deal with ABC Studios, Heinberg would executive produce the project with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.
Originally announced in September 2018, the cancellation comes as a surprise to many as the project had a big pilot production commitment. While specific and official details on the now-shelved pilot were never released, the pilot was expected to focus on several lesser-known Marvel characters. Whether or not the untitled hour-long drama from Heinberg, Marvel Television, and ABC Studios will be redeveloped remains unclear.
With The Walt Disney Company launching its new Disney+ streaming service later this year and Netflix dramatically reducing its Marvel Universe programming, viewers may have concerns that ABC is also getting out of the Marvel TV business. While today’s news may not do much to ease those concerns, Burke is still interested in having Marvel programming on the network (“I hope there is more than we are doing together.”) and wants ABC to be seen as the top-rated network for women.