Many changes are in the process of happening over at Marvel Television, the biggest of course being the impending exit of longtime head Jeph Loeb, who guided Marvel into the live action world of television originals like ABC’s Agents of SHIELD. Now everything Marvel is joining Marvel Studios under the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s mastermind, Kevin Feige. Since then many television series have been cancelled or ended like Hulu’s Runaways, FX’s Legion and Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger. Also series like New Warriors and Ghost Rider never made it out of development, but they are not the only ones getting the ax.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Marvel Studios is continuing to clean house and are no longer moving forward with two of it’s animated Hulu comedies, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler. The other two animated comedies that were part of an original four animated series plan at Hulu, MODOK and Hit Monkey will continue as planned. But this probably also means that the animated crossover, The Offenders, is also not likely to happen since half of the universe has been scrapped. Both of the Disney owned companies Hulu and Marvel declined to comment.
This actually may not be that big of a surprise as this news is coming out around two months after Tigra & Dazzler was put on hold due to creative differences with Marvel. Last month, the entire writing staff had been sent home after completing multiple scripts and outlines for others. They were fifteen weeks into a twenty week production cycle. During that same time it is said that there was a search for a new showrunner as part of a larger creative overhaul.
In addition to the animated comedies on Hulu, Marvel Television will also be debuting the final season of Agents of SHIELD and the Hulu live action drama Helstrom. The remainder will come from MCU spin-offs that were developed by Feige hat include Loki, WandaVision and Falcon & the Winter Soldier. In development are also What If, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.
Loeb without a doubt did a fantastic job with the properties that he presented to audiences on television. But with how important Marvel is now to Disney it seems reasonable to streamline everything under one banner, Marvel Studios. We have seen Howard the Duck already in the form of a cameos in the MCU, so we will probably see him again sometime in the future. Are you bummed that these two animated series were scrapped? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter