Marvel Television Begins Recovery From Netflix Cancellations

After the cancellation of Marvel’s Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil (likely soon to be followed by Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones there may have been reason to be concerned about the future of the network.

And there were reasons for concern. After all, their deal with Netflix seems to be imploding, and their flagship series on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely entering it’s last season.

And while they still have live-action series on Freeform (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger) and Hulu (Marvel’s Runaways) their output is nowhere as prolific as DC (to be fair the ratings threshold on the CW, where most of the DC-based shows air–is significantly lower than it is for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. In other words, what the CW considers a hit–ratings-wise–wouldn’t be on the other networks. This is why Supergirl–which began life on CBS–was cancelled and picked up by the CW).

The series’ they’re bringing to the network are all animated, and they are: M.O.D.O.K., Howard the Duck, Hit-Monkey, The Tigra and Dazzler Show and The Offenders

And while they’re all animated series, which I don’t think are as interesting as live action–and Marvel’s animation output is spotty in terms of consistency–it is increasing the amount of work in the public space, which is important.

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