Marvel TV Is Shutting Down, Making Disney+ The Only Place For New Shows
It turns out that Thanos snap may have actually succeeded in annihilating half of the Marvel universe, because Variety has reported that Marvel TV is shutting down. The official news came months after speculation had already been swirling about the end of Marvel's television arm. However, while this means all the network Marvel shows are going away, comics fans can still look forward to new Marvel series on Disney+.
According to reports by Variety, Deadline, and other entertainment media outlets, Marvel Television will cease developing any new series beyond the few shows still currently in development. Hulu's Runaways and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will both end with their upcoming seasons, meaning the final Marvel TV project will be the already-announced live-action Hulu series Helstrom, which is slated to debut in 2020.
The news should not come as a huge surprise to most Marvel fans, considering the large amount of series cancellations in recent years among the superhero studio's network shows. In late 2018 and early 2019, Netflix cancelled its entire slate of Marvel shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. More recently, Legion officially ended on FX with its third season, and both Runaways and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. announced they would only have one more season.
Instead of its shows appearing on ABC, Netflix, Hulu, FX, Freeform, and Fox, all of Marvel's new TV series will now instead be exclusive to Disney+ and overseen by the studio's film division. The new shows will feel very different from past Marvel TV projects, since they will explicitly connect to Marvel's movie universe, whereas the network shows all existed separately from the Avengers movies.
Upcoming Marvel series for Disney+ include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, Hawkeye, and What If...?, all of which will star actors from the Marvel movies. The streaming service has also announced Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk, which will introduce new characters into the MCU canon.
So, if you're planning on keeping up with all things Marvel in the future, you are going to have to get yourself a Disney+ subscription in addition to seeing all the new movies. The end of Marvel TV is a blow to fans of the standalone, not-crossover-filled segment of the increasingly crowded MCU — but at least all the shows will now be in the same place, I guess.