Flash and Arrow disappoint this week, but Agents of SHIELD shines, and the first 2 episodes of Jessica Jones are super strong.
TVE Versus Marvel and DC is a new video series on TVEnthusiast, in which TVEnthusiast’s writers talk about the current state of the 2 connected comic book universes on TV.
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man, and has expanded with 12 movies total so far, and many more in the works. In addition, Marvel has expanded this same interconnected universe to ABC with the TV shows Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and Marvel’s Agent Carter. Marvel also recreated the strategy they used for The Avengers on Netflix, with 5 planned series that also tie into their cinematic universe. Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of Marvel’s Netflix series premiered earlier this year to critical acclaim. The next Marvel series on Netflix is the upcoming Marvel’s Jessica Jones. There are 3 more series currently in development from Marvel and Netflix, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Meanwhile, Marvel is planning a Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD spin-off series at ABC, which follows the adventures of SHIELD Agent Mockingbird. ABC is also developing a half hour sitcom based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, titled Damage Control.
DC, unlike Marvel, is working on multiple separate interconnected universes. Currently, they are developing a cinematic universe with their next film, Batman Vs. Superman. On TV, DC currently has 3 interconnected series airing, Arrow, The Flash, and the CW Seed animated web series Vixen. Next year, DC will add a new series to their CW TV universe, Legends of Tomorrow. Constantine, a now canceled DC series from NBC, seems to be retroactively mixed in to the TV universe as well, with the titular character (as played by the same actor) appearing on this season of Arrow. Meanwhile, DC has various other shows on various networks that are seemingly unconnected to their TV universe: Fox’s Gotham, a Batman prequel series, The CW’s iZombie, from the creator of Veronica Mars, and the upcoming CBS series Super Girl, which, although from the same producers as Arrow and The Flash, seems to be an entirely separate entity.
TVE Versus Marvel and DC plans to help you make sense of all of these differing interconnected universes. Add comments to join the discussion, and tune in to TVEnthusiast (and our sister site Film-Enthusiast) for more coverage of DC’s interconnected TV universe, Marvel’s ever expanding Cinematic Universe, and all of your favorite shows.