Marvel’s Future on Hulu in Doubt
One of the more interesting endeavors by Marvel has been their multiple shows appearing on the Disney-owned streaming service Hulu. However, we may now have evidence that Marvel’s future on Hulu is in doubt!
Marvel’s Future on Hulu
In a recent report published on January 11th, 2022 at ComicBook.com, it was suggested that Marvel Television’s relationship with Hulu may be coming to a conclusion.
The first sign of the unfortunate parting occurred when Hulu’s content boss, Craig Erwich, stated that he had no updates on the renewals of Marvel Television/Hulu projects M.O.D.O.K. or Hit-Monkey, the successful Marvel shows featuring some “obscure” Marvel Comics properties (but not obscure to those Marvel Blog True Believers who followed our extensive coverage of both shows).
Erwich stated very succinctly: “Marvel and team will make the decisions for that franchise, and that brand.” This led many to assume that the separation of entity is the precursor to a greater divorce.
Decider’s Alex Zalben spoke on the Hulu executives statement in a Tweet that concerned Erwich’s desire to avoid the question entirely, noting that his answer includes not just Hit-Monkey and M.O.D.O.K., but Hulu’s position on Marvel projects as a whole.
Marvel Television had ambitious plans for an animated series crossover on Hulu, similar to the Defenders crossover with the Netflix Marvel Television Shows. Hit-Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. were just two of the shows, with an additional Howard the Duck show from Kevin Smith as well as Dazzler & Tigra from Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler having been announced in 2019 (but subsequent cancelled). The shows were meant to crossover in a fifth show, The Offenders.
Asked about the future of Marvel on Hulu, Erwich says they have no announcements regarding HIT-MONKEY or MODOK, or any Marvel series of any kind. Basically avoids the question. "Marvel and team will make the decisions for that franchise, and that brand." #TCA22
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 11, 2022
In theory, focusing on more adult, R-rated content was a good plan for both Hulu and Marvel Television. However, it’s already been confirmed that Marvel Studios is moving forward with an R-rated Deadpool movie, so perhaps this development was considered redundant.
With Marvel’s future on Hulu in doubt, it may seem like Disney+ will be the only streaming home for both Marvel Television and the MCU.