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Comic Books Are Taking Over Television And I’m Okay With That

It seems like we cannot go two months without someone releasing a Marvel Comics movie. Out in theaters now is Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spiderman 2. Coming May 23 is the latest movie in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Then at the end of the summer, we’ll have the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, followed in 2015 by another Avengers and, well, you get the picture. Marvel: it’s everywhere! Of course, I am totally okay with this, because I am a huge comic fan and Marvel is my go-to universe. That’s why I was so psyched when I heard the news this week that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has been renewed for a second season! YAY. And even more exciting: ABC has picked up another show from the Marvel universe, Agent Carter.

You might remember Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, resident badass feminist, Nazi fighter, founder of SHIELD and love of Steve Roger’s (AKA Captain America’s) life. The show will center around her life post Steve’s “death,” which took place in Captain America: The First Avenger. Here’s the official description from ABC:

It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve),  Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

While the synopsis seems a little cheesy, I am pretty damn excited about this show.  I love Peggy Carter as a character and I think a show that details the beginnings of SHIELD will be very interesting, with tons of potential action and fun. If it’s anything like her one-shot, which was featured on the Iron Man 3 DVD, it’s going to be awesome. Plus, Hayley Atwell is effing adorable. I mean, look at her.

https://twitter.com/HayleyAtwell/status/464631046756368384

Marvel isn’t the only comic giant taking over, though. The 2014-2015 TV season is going to be a damn fine time for DC Comics, which now has shows greenlit on three major networks. The CW’s hit Arrow has been picked up for a third season (Olicity forever! *cough*) and The CW has also picked up an Arrow spin-off The FlashThe Flash will star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, who was introduced as a character during Arrow‘s second season. In addition to that, The CW has also picked up Rob Thomas’s (Veronica Mars) show iZombie, based on the comic of the same name. iZombie is the story of a medical student who becomes a zombie. She takes a job in a coroner’s office so that she can get easy access to the brains she must reluctantly eat. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories. I’ve never read it, but it sounds like a cool story, no?

NBC is also jumping on the DC Comics bandwagon with Constantine, an adaptation of the Hellblazer series. It stars Matt Ryan, who looks a hell of a lot more like the comic’s John Constantine and will hopefully be better than Keanu’s version from the crappy 2005 film. Finally, Fox has picked up Gotham, starring Ben McKenzie, AKA Ryan Atwood (OC forever!) as a young Jim Gordon from the Batman universe. For those who may not know him, that’s the Gary Oldman character from the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman films. You can check out the extended trailer for Gotham below.

 

Seriously, that looks awesome. I am pretty hopeful for all of these series and I think it’s a great turn for television – after all, comic book movies do so well and the story possibilities are endless. What do you think – are you over the whole super hero thing or are you psyched to see more comics take over the small screen?

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