When do we stop joking and actually start considering the possibility that Marvel is plotting to take over the world and force us all to swear blood oaths to the entertainment mega-giant? Because I think if that time isn't already here, it's certainly on the horizon because two new Marvel projects are in the works.
On Wednesday, Fox and Marvel announced the official development of Hellfire, a potential series set in the '60s co-created by Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day), Manny Coto (24), Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3), and JD Payne (Star Trek 3). Our introduction to the world would be through a special agent who, according to Fox, "learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires—known as the Hellfire Club—to take over the world." You know, classic villain stuff.
But perhaps the more interesting news of the day is that FX has announced its intent to move into the genre by ordering a pilot for Legion, which follows comic book character David Haller, who is known in the comic world as the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. The pilot is being written and executive produced by Fargo's Nick Hawley.
The official logline for Legion reads as follows: "Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real."
Currently, Marvel has two established series and a third possible spin-off at ABC, plus apotential half-hour comedy, also set up at ABC. Then there's the five live-action series at Netflix, including Marvel's Daredevil and the upcoming Marvel's Jessica Jones, plus all of the company's animated series, not to mention the mega-successful cinematic universe. So, uh, I'm gonna go ahead and just sign my life away to Marvel now. Maybe there's, like, an early signing bonus or something.
What do you think of these two potential projects? Would you watch either of them?