Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Aug. 7th
It didn’t take long for the whole Internet to find out that writer-director Joss Whedon will be back for the sequel to this year’s Avengers. That announcement brought with it the wild news that Whedon, who rose to geek icon status as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will also be developing a TV show for the studio.
You may have seen a nerd or ten having an episode over that one today.
Here’s the heart of the speculation at present: that this TV show will somehow tie into the Marvel “cinematic universe”. Which means that charcters from the TV show could turn up in the next Avengers, or Thor, or Batroc The Leaper.
Ha. Kidding on that last one. I sure that Sony has the rights to Batroc as part of the Spider-Man deal.
This comes on the heels of Warner Bros taking interest in Stephen King’s Dark Tower project that stalled out at Universal. The plan there was to create a movie trilogy that would have the downtime between features filled in by a TV show. This almost happened with the X-Files back in the 90’s, when the first film bridged the gap between two seasons of the show.
Let’s assume for the moment that this kind of transmedia play is in effect. That Disney/Marvel are willing to dream big enough to take this kind of risk, which honestly could cause as much confusion amongst casual audiences as it builds goodwill amongst the Nerd’i. What could we wind up getting? (more…)