Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was named chief creative officer for Marvel on Tuesday, which will move Marvel Television under his purview.
Feige, the architect of the hugely-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, will now be in charge of content creation across all of Marvel’s mediums, including publishing and animation. Besides Marvel TV, Marvel Family Entertainment is also moving under Feige and Marvel Studios, which is under Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
Marvel TV has been led by Jeph Loeb, who spearheaded the initial expansion of the MCU into television with ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter.” Loeb was not included in any of the new reporting structure. A representative for Marvel TV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for clarification on Loeb’s job status at the company.
Under Loeb, Marvel TV had an expansive slate on Netflix that included “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “The Punisher” and the team-up series, “The Defenders.” But with Disney launching its owns streaming competitor Disney+, the two sides ended their four-year creative partnership earlier this year. Marvel TV currently has a six shows in development with Disney-owned Hulu — five animated series and the live-action “Helstrom” — along with the third season of “The Runaways” premiering later this year.
The move comes as Marvel Studios, not Marvel TV, is set to lead a new expansion of the MCU on the small screen — this time for Disney+ — which will star many big-screen characters. Under Feige, Marvel Studios has planned eight different series, the first of which will roll out next fall with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” The others include “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Hawkeye,” “What If…,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Moon Knight” and “She-Hulk.”
No decisions have been made on any of these current Marvel TV shows in development — including Freeform’s “Cloak and Dagger,” which has not been canceled nor renewed for a third season. Feige and his team will look at all the projects on a case-by-case basis. Plans for a live-action “Ghost Rider” series that would’ve seen Gabriel Luna reprise his role from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” were dropped last month.
Marvel TV and Marvel Studios have been separate under Disney’s corporate flowchart since 2015, when Feige and Marvel Studios moved under Disney and Horn directly, while Marvel TV stayed under Marvel Entertainment and Ike Perlmutter.
As part of the new structure, Dan Buckley will remain as president of Marvel Entertainment, with Perlmutter still chairman, but will now report to both Perlumtter and Feige. Marvel Entertainment creative leads Sana Amanat, vice president of content and character development; CB Cebulski, editor-in-chief and head of global editorial; and Stephen Wacker, VP of creative and content development, will continue in their roles reporting to Buckley.
Joe Quesada continues as executive vice president and creative director of Marvel Entertainment, reporting to Dan Buckley.
Deadline first reported the news of Feige.