It's the end of an era for Marvel on the small screen. Jeph Loeb, who has been serving as head of Marvel Television during the Marvel Cinematic Universe era, is set to leave the company and will move on to the next phase of his career. What that will be remains a mystery, but now the future of Marvel TV is largely in the hands of Kevin Feige, who has been steering the ship as head of Marvel Studios on the movie side for the better part of the last decade.
According to multiple reports, Jeph Loeb, who has been with the company for nearly a decade, is stepping down as head of Marvel Television by the end of the year. It's expected that Loeb will make a formal announcement sometime in November. Even though major changes are happening within the larger corporate structure at the company, various reports note that Loeb has been thinking of making the change for a while now and he isn't being forced out or anything like that. Still, this does represent a huge change in the overall power structure, which means big things for the MCU.
We recently learned that Kevin Feige, who has helped guide the MCU to more than $20 billion at the global box office and has become one of the most successful producers in Hollywood history, has been named Chief Creative Officer at Marvel. That means, he will now oversee the entire creative direction of the company, not just the movies. This includes publishing and TV projects. This is partially why Feige took a more active role in the Disney+ shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, which will have more directly connected roots to the larger MCU, when compared to other recent Marvel shows.
Under Jeph Loeb, Marvel Television became a varied beast that represented something very different than what was going on in the movies. Starting with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first live-action series of the MCU era, Loeb produced major projects of varying scale. This included the well-liked Netflix shows, such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and, to a lesser degree, Iron Fist. Other shows produced by Loeb include Cloak and Dagger and The Runaways.
With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set to conclude its run with the upcoming season, and with Disney+ launching on November 12, the time for the transition seems perfect. It had been largely expected that Jeph Loeb would be leaving after Kevin Feige's promotion was announced, but now it's a certainty. Loeb will certainly land on his feet, as the wide array of streaming services and studios in Hollywood are desperately trying to lock down key creative talent in lucrative development deals. Given Loeb's track record and experience, surely someone will be interested in what he's got to offer. This news was previously reported by Deadline. The topper art comes from u/realityavengers at Reddit using existing Marvel elements owned by Disney.