Netflix has unceremoniously canceled every one of their Marvel series. All of the series, yes even Iron Fist, were just hitting their stride before they all got the axe. However, there might be life for them post Netflix.
HULU is expanding its relationship with Marvel (the streaming service is creating 4 animated series based on Marvel properties) and this could open the door for the Netflix recently canceled shows.
Craig Erwich, the streamer’s senior vice president of originals, told TheWrap that HULU remains open for business with Marvel, and that includes any title under the comic book powerhouse. “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in,” he said, when asked by TheWrap if HULU would have interest in reviving one of those series.
“It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.”
“We’ve had a relationship with Marvel since ‘Runaways,’ we’re getting into business on these animated shows,” he continued. “I’m sure it will lead to — you know, business gets you business — we have a good creative relationship with them. That’s where opportunities tend to arise.”
The deal with Hulu is very similar to the one Marvel TV signed with Netflix back in 2015, in which the studio was to produce four live-action series that also culminated with a team-up special. Erwich said that, though the deal may look similar, they weren’t trying to copy what Marvel and Netflix did.
“Given the lead time in animation, if we want to have a regular cadence of this programming and this kind of conversation that we think it’s going to provide, you have to just start early and commit to a bunch,” he added. “It’s hard to pull it off on a one-off basis.”
Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of our Netflix Marvel heroes…