Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus American Gods, a tale of road trips and zombie wives and man-eating vaginas, will begin production in March — but luckily we don’t have to wait until the spring to get the scoop from showrunner Bryan Fuller about how awesome it’s going to be. In a recent interview with Crave, the former Hannibal showrunner compared it to the Marvel universe in scope. Fuller said,
As detailed and integrated as the Marvel Universe is, and doing that with deities is something that excited all of us. …we may have spin-offs of American Gods that follow lesser gods in greater detail than you might in the main series, but there’s all sorts of potential for this show that we’re very excited about.
For anyone despairing that this means American Gods will be tainted by the exhausting sameyness of the superhero genre, Gaiman’s story is far deeper, stranger, and more ambiguous than any superhero film, drawing seamlessly from a mixture of obscure folklore and modern vices. In other words, American Gods is going to be exactly what the superhero genre needs.
“There’s conversations in the writer’s room that we are having on this show that I’ve never had in a writer’s room before,” added Fuller. “We’re actually given the ability to talk about fate and belief… we all have some sort of belief-like thing in our brain that could arguably be delusional, whether it’s ghosts or gods or whatever superstition. That feels like it’s an exciting arena to talk about humanity in a way that I haven’t been able to do before on a show.”
So move over, Marvel and Game of Thrones. When American Gods premieres, there’s going to be a new epic in town.