Upcoming Match-ups

Television Odds – Which Superhero is Coming to the Small Screen Next?

John Benson

by John Benson in Entertainment

Updated Jan 17, 2018 · 9:40 AM UTC

In case you’ve been living in a (bat) cave, this is the age of the superhero. Every time word comes out about a new actor bringing a favorite serial comic to life on the silver screen the Internet seemingly breaks. The same goes for superhero story lines coming to television. From “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Arrow” to “Agent Carter” and “The Flash,” television audiences can’t get enough of superhumans saving mankind from aliens, Nazis, and all manner of evil incarnate.

Which superhero and/or comic book character will be the next to get a television show? Looking at the existing shows, TV networks tend to scoop up secondary characters or more minor heroes, while the major players find their way to feature length films.

With that in mind, we see the leading contenders as…

Adam Warlock: 4/1
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is to the “Avengers” flicks what Adam Warlock would be to “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Fans of Warlock are hoping that glimpsse of his cocoon in “Guardians” and “Thor: The Dark World” portends bigger things for the Soul Gem protector. A television spin-off makes sense for the niche hero.

Kamala Khan: 8/1
The “Ms. Marvel” series boasts the compelling character Kamala Khan, who is not only a shape-shifter but Muslim and a New Jersey teen to boot. With Islam dominating the news – mostly for the wrong reasons – a show about a Muslim hero (who perhaps battles those dragging her religion’s name through the dirt) could be popular. The graphic novel star could find a home stateside (though maybe only on Al Jazeera America).

Aquaman: 10/1
Contrary to popular sentiment, “Aquaman” the movie was a fictitious story line from the HBO series “Entourage” (as was “Queens Boulevard,” in case you’ve been searching Netflix to no avail). However, the Justice League member’s story line would make for great television, with perhaps James Cameron (wink-wink) executive producing. It’s really sort of surprising the Super Friends favorite, who can talk to all manner of marine life, hasn’t been reeled in. The only thing weighing against an Aquaman TV show is that the character may be big enough for theaters.

Cable: 12/1
Time traveling never goes out of fashion, which is why it’s surprising that Cable (from the X-Men franchise) hasn’t been introduced as a television show lead. The Cyclops-offspring is arguably the most well-known character from the series not to appear on the silver screen, making him a prime candidate for television. Some of the groundwork for a Cable TV show may have already been laid, as the recent X-Men feature film “Days of Future Past” involved Apocalypse, one of Cable’s nemeses.

Have some thoughts on which superhero will be flying into our living rooms next? Let us know in the comments.

(Photo credit: greyloch (flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode]. Photo may appear cropped.)

Author Image