Not so much news as it is an inevitable causal effect in a chain of events spurred on by polar-shifting introduction of Disney+, Marvel TV has shut off all main thrusters and is powering down.
The TV division of the comic book giant will no longer be creating new series, with only the current open productions being run to their natural, indubitably short-lived courses.
The only Marvel Television live-action show currently in the works is Helstrom at Hulu. Hulu had previously ordered a live-action Ghost Rider series starring Gabriel Luna as well, but that project was scrapped in September.
Marvel also has four animated shows at Hulu: Howard the Duck, Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and M.O.D.O.K. All four shows are expected to debut separately before crossing over with The Offenders event series. However, news broke last week that the showrunner and writing staff of Tigra & Dazzler had departed the show over creative differences. The search for a new showrunner is ongoing.
Fellow Marvel-Hulu series “The Runaways” will end with its upcoming third season, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will end after seven seasons on ABC this spring. All of Marvel Television’s other live-action shows have been canceled in the past year.
As such, the division as such will be on track to eliminate a number of positions in the near future. With Kevin Feige heading up much of the TV/streaming content on Disney+, and the past conflicts of interest and friction Marvel Movies has had with Marvel TV and Ike Perlmutter in recent years, it is no surprise Marvel TV’s fate was wholly consuming.
But one must never forget, whilst a lot of duds have been born from Marvel TV, the likes of Daredevil will always live on as its greater successes. And with little antithetical, non-conforming producers of content left in the plentiful wastelands of singularly-controlled content, are we more at risk than ever of being force-fed agenda-fuelled, narrative-bereft, mundane forms of entertainment?