Variety is reporting that there is chatter within the industry that Marvel Television might be slowing down their live-action adaptations and could be mostly handled by Marvel Studios/Kevin Feige.
According to multiple industry sources who spoke with Variety, 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.
The Ghost Rider series set for Hulu starring Gabriel Luna as the Robbie Reyes incarnation of the character was recently given the ax, as reported by Deadline.
The Helstrom series is currently the only new live-action show to move forward under Jeph Loeb’s television division, as they’ll be mostly focused on a string of mature animated shows for Hulu.
Those projects include MODOK, Tigra and Dazzler, Howard The Duck, Hit Monkey, and a team-up show called The Offenders.
When Marvel Television is slowing down development, Marvel Studios has recently announced eight shows in develop, seven of those are live-action.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- What-If (animated)
- Moon Knight
- Ms. Marvel
One of the biggest problems has been that the Marvel Television shows had always been part of an adjacent universe as the movies within the main Marvel Cinematic Universe never really recognized the shows.
These new details could help support the theory that Kevin Feige has never liked the idea of a separate division at Marvel and television writers having an unsupervised lasting impact on his cinematic universe/brand. A possible reason why he’s kept the shows at arm’s length.
I wouldn’t start thinking that Kevin Feige/Marvel Studios is going to suddenly rescue the mature Netflix shows that Loeb developed without a reboot and simply throw them on Disney+, something that fans had assumed (Hulu rescuing them was another fan theory) when the shows were originally cancelled.