Marvel Television and Marvel Studios are very separate entities and are making their own deals. Marvel Studios, run by Kevin Feige, has been strictly the films up until now, but is diving into the streaming world with four shows for the Disney+ service (“Loki,” “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and Winter Soldier,” “What If”).
Marvel Television on the other hand, run by Jeph Loeb, is everything else on the small screen – “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Agent Carter,” “Legion,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “The Defenders,” “Runaways,” “Cloak and Dagger” and “Inhumans”.
Loeb recently spoke with Deadline and revealed that Marvel Television is also developing new shows for Disney+, though they will have no involvement in the Marvel Studios shows that have already been announced:
“I have to make something very clear, which is those are shows that are created and run and the responsibility of the motion picture studio. Secondly, Marvel Television will be doing shows with Disney+, we just haven’t announced what we’re going to do there.”
Marvel TV’s biggest new venture is their deal with Hulu which will see them bringing five new animated series (“Hit-Monkey,” “MODOK,” “Tigra & Dazzler,” “Howard the Duck,” and the team-up series “The Offenders”) to the service. Loeb also confirms that they are spearheading a similar ‘cluster’ of shared universe set shows starting with the previously announced “Ghost Rider” and “Helstrom” shows but going beyond that:
“Something that really interested us and interested them, and we always knew that we were going to do something with Ghost Rider, we were just waiting for the right place to put it. Then we started having the same conversation, which was there is in the comic book world the Spirit of Vengeance, and they are this sort of unusual group of characters, which involve Ghost Rider, which involve Helstrom, which involve Helstrom’s sister, Anna.
We suddenly saw that there were three or four shows that we could put together that we now refer to as Adventure into Fear… What we love is the notion of how we can present a Marvel hero who was truly feared and truly believed that they were a monster, but that, as the stories go on, they realize, oh, I’m the hero of the story, I’m not the villain of the story. That’s not something we’ve ever done before.
So we started with Ghost Rider, we went out and managed to get Gabriel Luna to come back and reproduce the role he played on S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we’re going to do Helstrom, and then there’s a couple more that we haven’t yet revealed to the world.”
Loeb also confirms that he was “blindsided” by the Netflix cancellation of its various “Defenders” series. “Daredevil” in particular shocked many when it got the axe, but it had a happy ending of a kind this week as it was revealed that former showrunners Steven S. DeKnight and Erik Oleson purchased Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock’s costumes at a live-auctioning off of them this week.