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With 'Agents of SHIELD' a success, Marvel plans a five-series, 60-episode assault on television

Now that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has been picked up for a full season, it's time to prepare yourselves for a whole slew of new comic-book TV shows. You know, to fill all the space behind the slew of comic-book movies.

Marvel is developing a secret deal to create four separate series and a miniseries in the future, but not for broadcast networks, Deadline Hollywood wrote this week. There's no indication of what any of those projects are, but the one number being tossed around is a 60-episode commitment being shopped to video-on-demand services and cable networks.

This strategy seems to be targeting outlets relatively new to scripted series looking to build viewership. Geek-friendly offerings like this are allegedly going to be marketed to places like Amazon, Netflix and WGN America, as well as several cable networks.

Deadline Hollywood also says one potential Marvel project that is already being discussed is Agent Carter, a series based on Hayley Atwell's character from Captain America. Peggy Carter is featured in a short feature on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (watch a clip from it below), similar to Item 47, a short about SHIELD agents included on the Avengers DVD, which led to ABC's current show. That could work as long as they spend no more than one episode expounding upon Agent Carter's bereavement following the disappearance of Steve Rogers.

Broadcast networks are getting crowded with superheroes as it is, with SHIELD on ABC, Arrow on the CW and its upcoming Flash spinoff. Fox also has bought the rights to Gotham, a series about the Batman saga's Commissioner Gordon before the Dark Knight appears. DC Comics is planning their own invasion after Guillermo del Toro's planned Dark Universe movie comes out. IGN says NBC is developing a John Constantine series, about the character played by Keanu Reeves back in 2005 (Constantine is a member of the Justice League Dark, along with other DC characters like Swamp Thing, Deadman and Madame Xanadu).

"I think that DC is trying to create a great universe of characters, and expand it and make it clear to the audience that it's a landscape of characters, and not just one that's dependent on one or two characters," del Toro told IGN.

As for SHIELD, the series seems to finally be gaining some footing. This past week's episode spent plenty of time building a mythology about some mysterious counter-SHIELD force out there that ties into the larger Marvel universe, so that plot thread should serve these series well.

At least Akela Amador noticed, in a sense, that Coulson had (as World of Hurt webcomic artist Jay Potts told me) "evolved from cold, government factotum to fanboy stand-in." Ward and Skye don't seem to be all that quick on the uptake, and May's not talking. I am curious why Tahiti is such a magical place, though.