Originally Posted by cherokeesam
That's why I said don't go with A-list or B-list heroes. Or villains. C-list or below is fine.
But the point is: it's a Marvel movie. About the Marvel universe. If you advertise the superhero genre and then *don't* give the audience superheroes, it's like advertising a romance show where nobody falls in love, a murder mystery show where nobody dies, or a comedy where nobody says anything funny. (Insert your favorite failed comedy show joke here.)
As for whether or not the heroes find an audience or not, or whether the show lasts a lifetime or less than half a season: what's it gonna hurt? It's not like there's going to be some statute of limitations imposed on any character(s) that fail. If Luke Cage, for instance, bombs as a TV show, there's no reason at all to assume you can't then try to use the character in the movies instead.
And I like the idea of using Blade, per the post above. He was given a TV show on Spike back in '06 that was poorly received, yeah, but also poorly conceived. I think you could use the SHIELD recruit-a-hero format and start with a bang, featuring a character in the pilot who's recognizable to fanboys and general audiences alike. Have them recruit Blade in the first episode, and here....we.....GO
If you're talking about recruiting a known character by SHIELD then i would recomend taking some ideas from Mark Millar's Ultimate Comics: Avengers, which had Nick Fury assembling a team to serve as black ops for SHIELD called Avengers (the actual avengers of that universe were called Ultimates).
The team at some point had Blade, Hawkeye, Punisher, a woman that could control insects, a new Black Widow and War Machine. I think that using Blade, Punisher and maybe other C to Z characters like you said would be the way to go, battling both super powered and supernatural threats.
Marvel Studios won't really have much time to release other films unrelated to the Marvel Universe so i think TV would be a really good option. If Blade and the Punisher didn't appear in the show or ever got out of the show i would like to see a Punisher and a Tomb of Dracula tv shows.