Marvel Television has been going through an evolution in recent years with many of the original shows like Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., The Inhumans, and Netflix’s Marvel shows all being canceled.
Now the man behind all of that is stepping down. Reports confirm that Jeph Loeb will be leaving his post as the head of Marvel Television before the end of the year. More on this below.
THR has said that Loeb’s exit has been in the works in the past few months and long before Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was promoted to Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer – which means that everyone within Marvel film, TV, and publishing now reports to him. Loeb is expected to make his departure official by Thanksgiving.
Loeb was at the forefront of the development of Marvel Television, which essentially started with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He then went on to lock down one of the biggest streaming deals with Netflix and release shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Defenders. After that, he would go on to develop the short-lived and widely panned The Inhumans.
Marvel Studios has shown that they have been able to take their content to extraordinary heights with films like Black Panther earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. However, the same cannot be said for Marvel Television titles, which lacked the quality of their film counterparts.
And Loeb was nowhere to be found when Disney announced new Marvel TV titles that will be streamed exclusively on their streaming service last year. He was nowhere in sight again when Feige announced additional titles at the D23 Expo. Though Loeb’s Marvel projects were said to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they really weren’t. However, with Feige at the helm, newer shows can officially say that they are a part of the MCU. Those titles include Loki, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If…?, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight. Most of these titles are set to make their streaming debut sometime in 2020.
It remains to be seen what will happen to the animated Marvel shows that were announced for Hulu.
Of course, Loeb will probably find new projects to work on with a new network to work with.