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DC & Marvel: What One Can Teach the Other About Television [OPINION]

When it comes to films, Marvel achieved near-perfect synergy. On the television side, it’s primarily squandered potential outside of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Most shows never last beyond three seasons. The sabotage is nothing short of disgraceful considering what DC achieved on their end culminating in Crisis on Infinite Earths. There’s TV side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the long list of canceled shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Cloak Dagger, Inhumans, Agent Carter, and The Punisher. The only series still running is The Runaways on Hulu, which enters its third and final season; and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ending its run on ABC.

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So Many Wasted Quality Shows

It’s a shame quality programming has such short life due to mostly budget and ownership regardless of popularity. While the criteria for network and cable are more rigid with Nielsen ratings, streaming networks hold shows to different standards. While there’s a new wave of programming coming to Disney+, it feels like Marvel left so much still on the table. It’s easy to overlook their TV failures when their film side’s an immense success.

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie)..Photo Credit: Film Frame..© Marvel 2016

Marvel filled their TV side primarily with secondary characters acting second class to the primary heroes. Exceptions were IPs freed up like Daredevil. The second wave of TV programming features The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wandavision, Moon Knight, Loki, Hawkeye, What If? and She-Hulk. Prior to the second wave, the primary heroes were kept off of Marvel TV, deemed too big to be on the

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