After a massive promotion for Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, a new report from Variety is stating that Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb is now aiming to exit the company and look for a new home.
Feige’s promotion to Marvel Entertainment chief creative officer gives the executive total creative power, including over the narratives of the comics and the arcs of the streaming series at Disney Plus, as well as the worlds of the tentpole films. But it also will have a ripple effect on a number of Marvel veterans — many of whom will answer to Feige, not Perlmutter. Not least of these is Jeph Loeb, who according to sources is expected to leave his post as head of Marvel Television in the coming weeks and is in the market for an overall deal with a new company.
This is huge news if this is confirmed and Leph does exit Marvel, giving Kevin full control of the television division to make hard-canon MCU shows from now on.
They also mention that Ike Perlmutter’s strength at the company could be weakened with Feige’s promotion and seemingly allude he could be next on the chopping block as his influence diminishes.
The lack of clear communication to stakeholders underscores the growing industry impression that Perlmutter no longer wields the influence that enabled him to run much of Marvel as a fiefdom after Disney acquired the company in 2009.
“There is enormous internal confusion,” one company insider tells Variety. “Ike seems to be in a very weak position now.”
Loeb is best known for his execution of the first wave of live-action Marvel television shows with Agents of SHIELD, Inhumans, Iron Fist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Defenders, Cloak and Dagger, Agent Carter, Runaways, and the new Hulu series Helstrom (currently filming in Vancouver).
If true, this likely means that the Loeb shows will likely be coming to end as television production duties are handed over to Marvel Studios/Kevin Feige.
Feige will be heading-up the streaming series at Disney+ with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and many more to come.
Having films and television shows under a single umbrella as hard-canon feels like the smart move and that would mean that Marvel Studios would have to take over to keep an eye on quality control.
Kevin will now have creative oversight with film, television, animation, comic books/publishing, and video games.