Yesterday at the ABC day of the TCA Summer Press Tour, ABC President Paul Lee confirmed that Marvel Comics adaptations The Hulk and AKA Jessica Jones are still in development for the network, and could have pilots ready for next year.
“If we got The Hulk my kids would finally be proud of me,” Lee said, pointing out the family appeal of such a show. “Family entertainment, Hulk is a classic example of it,” Lee said. “You remember No Ordinary Family wasn’t our best moment and yet it was the highest co-viewing show of the year. So I absolutely think there’s room. I think Charlie’s Angels is an example of it. I think Last Man Standing is an example of it, for great family entertainment. And that’s a sort of wider band around our central target.”
But before The Hulk and Jessica Jones, we could be seeing another Marvel character on an already-existing series – on the Halloween episode of Castle. “You know, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say it, but we’ve got a really cool storyline with a Marvel character that appears on Castle this year,” Lee said. “There’s one episode, and I’m probably giving away a secret and I shouldn’t because Andrew is going to kill me, with a Marvel superhero character,” he continued to tease.
But here’s the question: Could this just be someone in costume, since it is a Halloween episode? Or is Castle really crossing over with the Marvel Universe? Could Richard Castle possibly have a cousin named Frank? Tune in to Castle in October to find out. And if you’d like to see things go the other way around, a Castle graphic novel is coming from Marvel Comics in late September.