A few years back, Marvel fans were flying high on shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the promise of a TV universe that can rival the MCU in its overall scope. Sadly, it didn’t last, and we saw a slow descent that began with Iron Fist and continued on through the remaining seasons of television. Even with Daredevil’s final season proving to be solid, it didn’t change what came.
Speaking with Deadline, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb recalled the entire ordeal and the unexpected way it was announced to audiences. Here’s what he had to say.
“The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix of which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet. We weren’t ready to announce that, so there was this space in between it, so it did look like maybe we were going to go out Then suddenly, we were arising again like the Phoenix.”
“The truth of the matter is, we were on this thing where we said, oh wait, the bumper fell off the car, but the car’s still going, but we couldn’t discuss any of that. So, in the end, however history’s going to remember the story, all that’s important to us is that we had an opportunity to change television by putting together four heroes, who then joined together in a group, and people have talked about it like this is unprecedented.
“Now, we’re going to do it again with the animated series, and then we’re going to do it again with the fear-based series. It’s now become, for us, our model. We would rather try to find ways of putting together a group of characters so that when a platform meets with us to talk about what we want to do, we’re trying to create a family on that platform.”
And that’s exactly what they are doing. As of right now, they have shows like Runaways and Cloak and Dagger at separate networks, and very soon they’ll be having a handful of adult animated series that will culminate in The Offenders. Will this one end up a much more successful version of its predecessor? Only time will tell.
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