With its biggest shows finished or coming to an end, what’s next for Marvel TV? A new interview with Jeph Loeb offers some clues.
In a new interview with Deadline, Marvel Television’s chief Jeph Loeb proudly declared that Marvel Television “will never be a factory. We don’t know how to be a factory. There is no Marvel prototype.”
Looking at the current line-up of Marvel TV properties, that certainly rings true. The Marvel Netflix TV shows — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the team-up show The Defenders — offered a wide range of characters, tones and storylines.
Legion, which airs on FX, is wildly imaginative, lush, and delightfully strange comic book show, one unlike nearly every other superhero offering on either the big or the small. There’s also the shows which have spun out of the cinematic universe but have been fantastic in their own right — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the ensemble show which has been consistently good and engrossing over its six-season run, and Agent Carter, a female-fronted TV show that was gone far, far too soon.
However, with the Netflix Marvel shows officially over and done with, Legion’s season finale tonight, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D about the start its last season, what’s next for tv giant?
Well, from what we’ve heard from Jeph Loeb — quite a lot.
Though in the grand tradition of Marvel Entertainment, he can’t tell us too much about it.
However, here are a few details we did glean from the new interview:
- Loeb sees Marvel TV properties separated into three buckets: Marvel heroes, which are shows most closely associated with the movies (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter); Marvel Knights, which are street-level heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) and Marvel YA (Cloak and Dagger, Runaways). Marvel TV will be looking to create more shows in all three buckets going forward.
- He envisions the upcoming Cloak and Dagger x Runaways crossover to “be the first of many.” #itsallconnected!
- Regarding Noah Hawley’s Legion and that world of heroes, he says it’s his hope that “Noah will want to return to them in any capacity he thinks is worth telling.” FX, he says, “remains a huge priority” because they are able to tell “unexpected stories there.”
- The current Marvel shows at Disney+ are the responsibility of the movie studio. However, Marvel Television will be creating shows with Disney+, but they haven’t been announced yet.
- He envisions three or four shows involving an unusual group of characters, starting with the upcoming Ghost Rider and Helstrom shows, and branching off from there. He calls this group of shows ‘Adventure into Fear.’
Looks like there are some exciting things in store on TV for all the Marvel fans out there!