There once was a dream which was a united Marvel Cinematic Universe. Events in the feature films would impact the TV shows and vice versa, and for a brief period, it seemed as though it could work. However, it soon became clear that the TV side of Marvel Entertainment just couldn’t generate the same level of excitement as its big-screen brethren. Projects were abandoned, shows were cancelled, and when Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb announced that he would be stepping down several months ago, it seemed as though the writing was on the wall.
It’s been revealed that the days of Marvel Television have reached their end as the unit will now be folded into Marvel Studios under the direct control of Kevin Feige, who was recently promoted to oversee the creative direction of all of Marvel’s content, including film, TV, animation, and publishing. While several members of Marvel Television will remain and join the Marvel Studios group, THR has said that layoffs are to be expected and that a couple of dozen employees will be let go. Certain projects, including a handful of animated comedies for Hulu as well as the live-action Helstrom, are still in development, but that will be it from the old regime. This means that any Marvel TV show in the future will now be more directly connected to the MCU, which we’ve certainly seen in the upcoming Disney+ shows such as Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, and more. Jeph Loeb is expected to remain onboard during the transition.
After kicking off with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which will still debut its final season next year) in 2013, Marvel Television developed shows such as Agent Carter, Inhumans, Runaways, and Cloak & Dagger, as well as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher, all of which aired on Netflix.