NYCC: Jeph Loeb Responds To Marvel TV Poll, Says 'Heroes For Hire' Is 'In The Spirit' Of Planned Projects

Now that Marvel Entertainment has created a new television department charged with shepherding the company's small-screen projects, everyone's wondering which property will be tapped for a live-action series.

During this year's San Diego Comic-Con, I got Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada's take on Marvel's TV plans, and subsequently asked you — the readers — to tell me which property you think would be the best fit for the live-action TV world. You responded in a big way (naming "Heroes For Hire" the winner by a landslide), so when I had the chance to chat with the head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, I asked him what he thought of the poll results.


"I know the poll very well, believe me," laughed Loeb. "It was brought into my life."

"While I don't want to exactly comment on development per se, a lot of the things that were on that list ... people will not be disappointed by," he added.

Not only was Loeb aware of the poll, he praised the thinking behind many readers' votes.

"I thought what was really smart about the list was that, with some exceptions — like people asking whether there could be an "Avengers" television show, [because] we have a gigantic movie coming out in 2012 with the biggest cast ever in a movie — but for the most part, I think a lot of people who voted were savvy on two things: they were savvy on the idea of who the Marvel characters were, [and] they also understood it was television," he said.

"We're never going to be able to do Iron Man the way they do with Robert Downey Jr." he added. "That movie is just so cool and so big. We have to look at stuff we can actually do."

And according to Loeb, "Heroes For Hire" is exactly that sort of project.

"'Heroes for Hire' is the kind of thing that certainly we could see being a television show," he said. "That's not to say it will be, but it's in the right spirit of the things."

"There are some pretty big surprises, however, [and] when we do finally announce what it is that we'll be doing, I think people will be going, 'Wow, you're really going to get out there and make something that will be huge and enormous and wonderful,'" he said.

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