With Marvel Television Folding Into Marvel Studios Layoffs Are Expected

In news that isn’t really shocking to anyone Marvel Television is being folded into the larger Marvel Studios unit according to The Hollywood Reporter. Back in October, Kevin Feige, the overseer of the multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe was elevated to chief creative officer. Now he is in control of the creative direction of the company’s content creation hat includes publishing, film, television and animation.

With that said current development of Hulu’s Helstrom will remain on course, but no further development will be overseen by Jeph Loeb, who had been overseeing Marvel Television. He will continue to remain on board for the time being during the transition, it is unclear when will be his last day. Marvel Television senior vice president current programming and production Karim Zreik and members of his team will be joining Marvel Studios group. Sources say that layoffs are expected, which is expected to be a couple of dozen employees.

This news doesn’t mean that Marvel Television is no more, rather than just showing the new control that Feige is going to have on the division. It only makes sense as Feige lead the MCU to its first best picture nomination for a superhero movie with Black Panther. As well as the record breaking Avengers: Endgame, which took down Avengers to becoming the highest grossing film of all time. He is already working on many projects for Disney+ where Marvel has a key role as the MCU has many spin-offs like Loki, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Solider. Other Marvel projects include What If, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight.

Loeb had been in charge of the groundbreaking Netflix Marvel series that included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and their crossover miniseries, The Defenders. But that relationship officially ended when Jessica Jones was cancelled in February. He was also in charge of a number of series on television like Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Cloak and Dagger and Runaways. Unfortunately he also had quite a few missteps, the biggest being the 2017 series Inhumans, which was horrible. New Warriors, which was to feature Squirrel Girl, was picked up straight series by Freeform in 2017, only to be dropped a few months later. A year later a planned animated Deadpool series was dropped due to creative differences. Most recently a live action Ghost Rider project was also dropped.

Overall it seems like a good move by Marvel Studios as they finally have everything under one umbrella. I am looking forward to seeing series like Moon Knight and She-Hulk. I do wish that at some point they are able to bring back Cloak and Dagger as it was a very well done series. Do you think this is a good move by Marvel? Let us know in the comment section below!


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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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