It was as inevitable as Thanos. Ever since the entire Marvel slate at Netflix got canned despite high viewing figures, it has been clear something was brewing at Disney. The launch of Disney+ and the wholesale launch of integrated products as part of Phase 4 of the MCU sealed it.
Now it has been announced. Marvel Television will be officially folded into Marvel Studios. Television boss Jeph Loeb will apparently stay on to help oversee the merger of the two divisions. The VP of Programming, Karim Zreik, will move from Marvel TV into Marvel Studios, as will his team.
Who will be the top dog? The big cheese? Who do you think!
Kevin Feige will rule supreme. Guess this puts a kibosh on him taking over at Lucasfilm then? He really will be one and done with his in-development Star Wars effort. That leaves Favreau, Filoni and Rejwan now in the driving seat.
The Marvel TV slate has recently been decimated. Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Runaways, Cloak and Dagger, Legion and Inhumans all had very tenuous links into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe and most of these have either been pulled, ended or cancelled.
No word yet on the fate of the Hulu animated adventures that are in development, or Helstrom, which was always tagged as a stand-alone show.
So that is movies, TV and publishing all under Feige’s direct control, with the movie division in control of Falcon & The Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, What If, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, She-Hulk and Moon Knight.
Unlike the Netflix shows and other Marvel TV previously, this will be completely integral to Marvel Phase 4 with impacts of the movies being felt in the TV universe and vice-versa.