Marvel Entertainment is going through changes after Kevin Feige was named chief creative officer of the company last week. Feige, who remains in charge of Marvel Studios, will also oversee all creative matters pertaining to live-action television, animation, and publishing. This news called the future of some Marvel executives into question and it looks like we have an answer on Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb.
Variety reports that Loeb is expected to leave the company and is searching for a new deal someplace else. This is not a surprising development considering that the new executive structure will result in Marvel Television being folded into the Marvel Studios banner. Any position that might still be available to Loeb would probably come with less responsibility and less authority, which could feel like a step down.
It remains to be seen just how much work there will be for Marvel Television under the Marvel Studios banner. Marvel Television has two active series in Runaways (Hulu) and Cloak & Dagger (Freeform), the latter of which is waiting on a third season renewal. The division also has one final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that has already been completed and will air in 2020.
Marvel Television has a new series in Helstrom, which is currently in production on its first season for Hulu. There are also a handful of TV-MA animated series Loeb’s division is developing for the streaming platform. Marvel Studios has not pumped the brakes on Helstrom, so it looks as though that series will at least be able to deliver one season.
It has become evident, though, that Marvel Television is slowing down and there may not be much left to do outside of finishing up the few live-action projects that are left and then focusing more on animation. There may not be a need for anyone to serve as the head of Marvel Television under Feige. Executive producers and showrunners can be named for specific projects and report to Feige directly.
The subject of someone leaving their post after an executive shakeup often comes with the need to assign blame. There is no villain to be found, however, as Kevin Feige has more than earned this new opportunity and the move makes sense for Marvel and Disney. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with Loeb not wanting to stay where he is not needed, or where his position will not be the same, if it’s even available at all.
Should Loeb leave the company, he can exit Marvel with his head held high. There were misses under his tenure, but also some really big hits. Daredevil had three extraordinary seasons under Loeb’s stewardship. The first seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Punisher were all outstanding. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. became a very good show after some early growing pains.
We can appreciate Feige and what he will bring to Marvel on the big and small screen in the years to come while also having gratitude for Jeph Loeb and his contributions to Marvel Television (along with many, many great comics) over the past several years.