Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Marvel Shutting Down TV Division to Focus on Disney Plus

Marvel Shutting Down TV Division to Focus on Disney Plus

Marvel Television as we've known it the past decade will be no more. Zreik will head projects that are now in production. As reported earlier this year, Loeb's division has been in jeopardy as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced a lineup of live-action shows for Disney+.

The current series will be folded into Marvel Studios, Deadline reports.

Marvel Television has already canceled its four Netflix shows, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ending with its seventh season, debuting next spring and the Hulu series The Runaways also ending after its upcoming third season.

The Marvel TV projects that are now in production will move forward, but any further development is being abandoned. Over the weeks we have seen that the importance of Marvel TV in the future of Marvel series projects was losing strength, and the suspicions were gaining strength with the announcement of Kevin Feige as the new Marvel CCO, and the subsequent news of the march of Jeph Loeb, president of Marvel TV and whose exit still would not have been formalized.

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The announcement back in late October that the four-time Eisner Award victor and veteran producer Loeb would be officially out the door at the end of the year now seems but one of many dominos to fall on Marvel TV. One further wrinkle in today's news is that Loeb might be around a bit longer than expected, as he is said to be on decks for the handover.

It's a handover with a lot of blood on its hands, so to speak. In addition, it is expected that there will be layoffs affecting those who do not switch to the new TV area of Marvel's Kingdom.

While all of the Marvel Television shows were set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was very little crossover between the movies and TV shows, likely due to the movie and TV divisions being separate entities. And like what the great Stan Lee used to say, stay tuned true believers.

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