Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, is reportedly on his way out of the company.
Sources say that the prolific comic creator and TV producer has been working on a transition plan to exit the company and is expected to formally announce his departure by Thanksgiving.
Insiders say that Loeb’s exit has been in the works since before October 15, the day when Kevin Feige was announced as Marvel’s new Chief Creative Officer.
On June 28, 2010, Marvel Entertainment, as part of its expansion into television, appointed Loeb to the position of Executive Vice President, Head of Television of the newly created Marvel Television.
During his nine-year tenure, he saw the creation of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, as well as the entire Marvel/Netflix block, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and The Defenders.
For FOX, Loeb expanded Marvel’s TV footprint to cable with series including Noah Hawley’s now-completed Legion and Freeform’s younger-skewing Cloak and Dagger.
On the animated side, Loeb MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck plus mashup The Offenders, all set to debut on the Disney-owned Hulu streaming service.
He’s also been at the forefront of Marvel’s TV’s biggest mishaps, such as the critically panned Inhumans, the scrapped New Warriors and Deadpool animated series, as well as a live-action Ghost Rider series. The Gabriel Luna-fronted project was poised to be part of a second shared Marvel universe at Hulu alongside Helstrom — was cancelled five months into development.
The news of Loeb’s exit is not a shock to the entertainment community. Even before Feige’s promotion, Loeb’s days were described as “numbered” due to the cancellations of Agents of SHIELD and the Marvel/Netflix-verse, as well as the newly announced Marvel/Disney+ shows in development.
These include Loki(starring Tom Hiddleston), WandaVision (starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen) and Falcon & the Winter Soldier (Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan). Other Marvel TV series set to launch on the streamer include What If, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight. Every series here is produced by Marvel Studios, not Marvel TV.
As part of the consolidation, Loeb’s Marvel TV and the animation-focused Marvel Family Entertainment have also moved under Feige’s Marvel Studios banner