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Marvel Entertainment expands into television. Which superhero should get their own show?

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Image Credit: Marvel EntertainmentWhile the world waits in quiet terror to see if 2011’s Captain America and Thor will be good/bad/worse than Punisher: War Zone, Marvel is launching a surprise attack on the small screen. Today, Marvel Entertainment created a new Television division, to be headed by Jeph Loeb, an iconic comic book writer with a lengthy TV resume. (That resume includes Lost and Heroes, so this could go either way.) There’s more information at Marvel’s website. This thing is still in the early stages, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start writing up a wish list: What Marvel characters need get their own TV show?

My sense is that Loeb will be sifting through Marvel’s huge catalogue of second-string heroes. For one thing, the franchise players are probably worth more as movie fodder. More to the point, Marvel sold off rights to most of their best-known characters long ago (Sony owns Spider-Man, while 20th Century Fox has X-Men locked down). That’s not a bad thing, though. If you ask me, a TV series is perfect for some of the less-powerful characters in Marvel lore, who don’t require epic special effects.

Allow me to get down on my knees and beg for an Inhumans TV series. Set in a remote city inhabited by a race of superhumans, there have been some truly great Inhumans stories (I’m thinking especially of the Paul Jenkins/Jae Lee maxi-series) that combine elements of family drama, Shakespearean tragedy, topical geopolitics, and good old Dallas-style soap opera. Then again, part of me thinks that Howard the Duck deserves a do-over after the epically awful 1986 adaptation – perhaps as a low-budget animated show on Adult Swim? With Howard voiced by Rob Corddry?

Still, this is my dream list, so corporate reality be damned! The rights to Daredevil are currently owned by 20th Century Fox, who are supposedly developing a de-Affleckized reboot. I say, don’t bother: the Daredevil mythology is so rich with possibilities that you could crank out five seasons of greatness without breaking a sweat. It’s a lawyer show, it’s a mob drama, it’s a peek into New York’s power struggles. And that’s not to mention Daredevil’s genuinely unique superpower: the same accident that took his eyesight gave him an internal sonar. If AMC is looking for another drama about a troubled protagonist navigating a confusing moral environment, they couldn’t do better than Daredevil.

What do you think, PopWatchers? What unknown-but-wonderful Marvel characters would you like to see in TV form? Should Iron Fist get the Smallville treatment? And will the show’s title sequence possibly be cooler than this?

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