A new report from Variety suggests that Marvel Television could be wound down in the near future. In June 2010, Marvel Entertainment launched Marvel Television in order to capitalize on the Disney purchase, and the burgeoning Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This led to the creation of Marvel’s flagship series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013. S.H.I.E.L.D. got off to a bump start, but managed to find its groove near the end of season 1 after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier took place. The first couple seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D. had quite a bit of connective tissue with the MCU, but after a corporate restructure in 2015 that resulted in Marvel Studios moving under the Disney film division and Marvel TV remaining under Marvel Entertainment, the connections became one-sided.
Following on the news that the Hulu/Marvel series Ghost Rider has been cancelled, multiple industry sources told Variety that “the perception throughout the entertainment business is that live-action productions will be mostly if not completely moved away from Marvel Television, headed by veteran exec and producer Jeph Loeb, as Feige’s unit ramps up production on its own Marvel series projects.”
Marvel Studios is currently working on a number of live-action series for Disney+ that will make up a good chunk of its Phase Four plans. These will center around popular first-tier characters like Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Loki, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.
Meanwhile, Marvel TV has the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left to air on ABC next summer, the third season of Runaways on Hulu this December, and Helstrom is still in development for Hulu. Cloak & Dagger finished up its second season on Freeform this year, but there has been no word on a season 3 renewal (they are set to guest star in Runaways though). They are also working on five adult animated shows for Hulu: Howard the the Duck, MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler, and the crossover series The Offenders.
With Marvel Studios fully committing to developing their own series (rumored to have budgets up to $150 million), and no Marvel TV series ever really taking off (no thanks to Netflix’s abrupt cancellation practices), I think the phrase “It’s all connected” is about to be broken.
Would you be sad to see Marvel TV wound down? Are you happy that Feige will have a more direct hand in the MCU-related series moving forward?