The Marvel Comics character Deathlok will appear on ABC‘s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. beginning next month, Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said today during the show’s TCA set visit presentation. The character Mike Peterson, played by J August Richards on the series, will become the cyborg. “We’ve been leaving breadcrumbs along the way,” Loeb said. “This is a major Marvel character appearing on TV, on film for the first time.” Earlier in the presentation, Loeb showed footage of Bill Paxton on the series; he is joining for “several episodes” playing Agent John Garret. It was also confirmed that comic creator Stan Lee will appear in a cameo on the February 4 episode. Also coming aboard is the character of Lorelei (played by Elene Satine), a villain from Thor’s home of Asgard; footage was shown of her and another Thor character, Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander), facing off. ”You are in the back half of the movie,” executive producer Jeff Bell said of the remaining episodes of the season. Added Loeb: “We set it up, now we’re going to pull the trigger.”
Marvel said today that Drew Goddard will write and direct the first episode of Daredevil, the Marvel Television series that will air on Netflix in 2015 as part of a wide-ranging live-action deal between those companies. He will stay on as showrunner/executive producer of the 13-episode series, one of four in the works under the deal including projects on fellow Marvel characters Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The deal was expected. Goddard’s credits include writing Cloverfield, co-writing and directing Cabin In The Woods and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and he adapted the Robopocalypse pic that’s on hold at DreamWorks. He and Lost cohort Damon Lindelof came aboard toward the end of writing the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z to forge a new ending to the zombie pic.
Comic-Con: Marvel TV Previews New ‘Avengers Assemble,’ ‘Hulk & Agents of S.M.A.S.H.’ & More Joss Whedon’s ‘Astonishing X-Men’
Marvel is not cancelling The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Avengers Assemble, the company’s head of Television said today. Instead the upcoming series, which was briefly previewed at Comic-Con this morning, is “the next level,” said Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. The Marvel TV chief announced that after 52 episodes the animated The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is “transitioning out into the new Avengers.” Loeb told fans that the series, rumored to be on the chopping block, was intended almost from the beginning to run for a 52-episode order and that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will “have an epic conclusion.” Loeb told Deadline that the series, which is aired on Disney XD, will end sometime later this year. With that said, the real emphasis on today’s “Marvel Television Presents” panel was on new properties. To that end, Loeb showed the fans a rough trailer of the upcoming animated Avengers Assemble. Coming next year Avengers Assemble is much darker that Earth’s Mightiest and, as Loeb said repeatedly, derives from the Joss Whedon-directed blockbuster with the same characters, same tech and similar tone. “We’re going to give you the best Avengers we can and that’s a promise from Marvel Television.”
Avengers Assemble wasn’t the only addition to the 11 AM Sunday morning Marvel Universe …
Marvel Television, the TV arm of Marvel Entertainment, has signed with CAA. The decision was made after the company, which didn’t have agency representation, met with several major agencies. I hear key in the signing was the existing relationship between Marvel TV topper Jeph Loeb and CAA’s Chris Harbert, who was his former agent. The relationship with CAA will cover Marvel TV’s live-action efforts but won’t apply to animation. Since its 2010 launch, Marvel TV has been based at ABC Studios since Marvel Entertainment is owned by Disney, which bought the comic book giant in 2009 for $4 billion. Over the past 2 years, Marvel TV has put in development several projects based on comics from its library, including Hulk with Guillermo Del Toro and David Eick and Aka Jessica Jones with Melissa Rosenberg at ABC, The Punisher with Ed Bernero at Fox, Cloak & Dagger at ABC Family and Mockingbird.