Marvel Television will no longer produce new shows aside from ones that are currently in development.
According to Variety’s insider, layoffs are expected as an undisclosed number of positions will be eliminated by Marvel. Current programming and production senior vice president Karim Zreik and his team will be joining Disney-owned Marvel Studios. Zreik will head projects that are currently in production. In the meantime, the head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb will continue to stay with the division as transitions are made.
The decision to close down Marvel TV was a fairly expected one. 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+. Feige had been given big budgets to produce Disney+ series featuring Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
Currently, Marvel TV’s only live-action series currently in the works is Hulu’s “Helstrom”. The streaming platform previously ordered a series adaptation of “Ghost Rider” that was supposed to star Gabriel Luna prior to getting scrapped in September.
Marvel’s animated shows at Hulu include “Howard the Duck,” “Hit Monkey,” “Tigra & Dazzler,” and “M.O.D.O.K.”
Currently available for streaming on Hulu is the Marvel TV series “The Runaways” which will wrap up as nears its third and last season. Meanwhile, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” which is currently airing on ABC will air its seventh and final season. Other live-action shows have previously been canceled over the past year.
While this signifies the end of an era for Marvel’s TV shows, this also marks the beginning of a new one for a lineup of its web series on Disney+.