Yesterday it was revealed by Karim Zreik that ABC is currently developing a “Jessica Jones-esque” project in as part of an effort to have “more female-skewed shows” on the network’s slate. Our heads were all spinning about which character this show could be about and just what “Jessica Jones-esque” meant. Is it just that you have a kick ass female lead? Is she a P.I.? Is she sarcastic and sardonic? Is it all of the above? We have no clue, so we put together a list of leading ladies that came to mind that could cover one or more of those traits or that just rocked!

For the purpose of this piece we are operating under the assumption that this show will NOT include characters whose live-action rights we believe to be held by other studios or are currently being considered for other projects. That means we aren’t going to be talking about Jessica Drew or Dazzler despite that fact that those are shows that are either actual possibilities or ones that you might want to watch. We know Misty Knight and Colleen Wing should get a Daughters of the Dragon show; we know you guys (and we do too) want to see Ms. Marvel; we know that everyone wants to see Tigra on TV. But we aren’t doing that. Instead, we have this list and some thoughts about why we want to see each of these leading ladies in a show and thoughts about why a show starring them might not work.

Jen Walters/She-Hulk

Why It Might Work

Since the inception of the MCU, people have been pining for Jen Walters to find her place in it. She-Hulk has a solid base or fans and has had some incredible comic book runs that could be adapted to the screen. Given that general audiences seem to be enamored with shows about the law and courtroom drama, Jen Walters’ day job as a lawyer could provide non-comic book readers with a hook before unleashing the gamma-fueled power of She-Hulk.

Why It Might Not Work

Despite Marvel’s “It’s All Connected” tagline, the TV and movie studios couldn’t appear to be any less connected than they already are. That having been said, it’s hard to imagine a way in which you could bring Jen Walters (the cousin of Bruce Banner who gained her powers after Banner donated his blood to save her life) without some sort of connectivity. What started out as a pretty cool connected universe (Nick Fury and Maria Hill showed up in early seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has become more and more segregated over time, so while a Jen Walters/She-Hulk show might be the best way to tell her story, we might only ever see her on the big screen where she doesn’t currently seem to fit. Additionally, given a TV budget, it’s hard to imagine how they’d make She-Hulk look nearly as awesome as the big screen Hulk does and having a show where She-Hulk doesn’t Hulk out wouldn’t be that awesome.

Elsa Bloodstone

Why It Might Work

Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Elsa Bloodstone is a relatively new character in the Marvel Universe, having only been introduced in 2001, but she tops my list of characters I think best fit what Marvel should be looking for in this show. Sassy, brash and bad ass, Bloodstone is the daughter of the immortal monster hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone. Should Marvel look to delve into the world of monsters, she provides a wonderful entry point. With similar shows having been well-received in the past (hell, people like Wynonna Earp), this could be a darkhorse that hits big for Marvel.

Why It Might Not Work

The most obvious reason is that currently there just aren’t a lot of monsters in the MCU. We know dragons exist and we know there are alien creatures, but we haven’t seen a whole lot of Earth-bound monsters which have been a part of the Marvel Comics Universe for as long as it’s existed. Elsa Bloodstone is also not a very well-known character, but neither were some of the other characters now in play as fan favorites in the MCU. Honestly, there aren’t a ton of reasons this show wouldn’t work and, as I said above, I hope it does!

 

Monica Rambeau/Spectrum

Why It Might Work

A New Orleans cop who gains the ability to transform herself into, absorb and control electromagnetic energies, Monica Rambeau is one of Marvel’s most powerful heroes. Despite having gone by the name Captain Marvel for a time, her story has almost nothing to do with Carol Danvers and, until recently, they didn’t really spend much time together.

Why It Might Not Work

She’s honestly too powerful and too big of a deal to be on TV. A one-time leader of the Avengers and the first African-American female on the team, Rambeau absolutely belongs on the big screen in my mind and has enough juice behind her to lead her own franchise (Nextwave…) While a lot of readers may not be familiar with her, it’s worth your time to get to know her. You’ll come to love her as much as I do.

Angela Del Toro/White Tiger

Why It Might Work

Depending on how you interpret the statement by Zreik, Del Toro could be considered the exact type of hero he was describing. An FBI agent and top notch investigator, Del Toro already exists in the MCU, having been name dropped by Jessica Jones as someone Luke Cage could see out to do some P.I. work. She also has a mystical amulet, the origins of which tie into K’un Lun, that grants her enhanced powers and make her a top-notch ass kicker.

Why It Might Not Work

Everything about her characters suggests she should end up on Netflix. She first appeared in Daredevil and has, until recently, only run in circles associated with the heroes on those shows. Truthfully, if there’s going to be a White Tiger, she probably belongs on Netflix where she can interact with those characters instead of being put on an island on ABC.

Dakota North

Why It Might Work

Another character best known for her interactions with Daredevil and the Defenders, Dakota North was actually originally featured in her own series and was a world-renowned P.I. If ABC is looking for someone who could remind viewers of Jessica Jones but be a little more PG, North might be their choice.

Why It Might Not Work

She doesn’t have any powers and the powers that be at ABC might have a hard time selling a show about an every day person doing P.I. work. Additionally, she has some absolutely fantastic moments interacting with Daredevil and company in the comics and it would be a shame to put her on ABC with no access to them.

Maria Hill

Why It Might Work

Everyone loves Colbie Smulders. A 90s-set Maria Hill show could work (because you know, S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t much of a thing anymore in the public eye) as a way to fill in some of the gaps in the history of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Hell, it could even introduce Clay Quartermain!

Why It Might Not Work

Second verse, same as the first…ABC does not have access to many superheroes. Even a name like Maria Hill isn’t going to be enough to get multiple seasons out of battling baddies like the ones that have been used on AoS. It would seem like more of the same and I don’t know if that would make audiences too happy.

What shows would you like to see ABC developing? Let us know in the comments.