Jeph Loeb gives his thoughts on the imminent merger between Disney and Fox and what it means for his division at Marvel.
After a year of ironing out details, Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox is nearly complete, and fans couldn’t be happier. In terms of the Marvel brand, most are excited to see more characters join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what does this deal mean for the television side?
Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel TV, spoke with ComicBook.com at the TCA’s and revealed that he is not currently making plans for any newly-acquired characters. Like his Marvel Studios counterpart, Kevin Feige, he’s waiting until the deal is done:
"“I have to wait for them to be resolved and I’m not trying…We are literally waiting for two multi-billion dollar corporations to figure out how they’re going to merge. And when that happens, then they’ll be a decision made as to where these characters land and what happens with them and that kind of thing.”"
Still, Loeb is just as excited as anyone about the prospect of having those other properties back in the fold, and he can’t wait to see what the future holds:
"“But, for right now it’s a very exciting time because it’s happening. Like you know the thought that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are coming home, in whatever format that turns out to be, is extraordinary you know. And I can’t wait to see what the movie division does. I can’t wait to see what we do…”"
When it comes to this deal, Marvel TV is an interesting situation. Unlike Marvel Studios, they already have the rights to characters like the X-Men. At present, they have two shows that are birthed from that property: The Gifted and Legion. However, at this time, those shows are not and cannot be affiliated with the MCU. This, of course, will change when the deal finally goes through.
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With that being said, this could lead to a slight shift in their lineup, particularly the X-Men shows. The merger could lead them to clean house. Legion ending after three seasons has already evidenced this. And the combination of the merger and low ratings could lead to the cancellation of The Gifted. Given the new creative windows this agreement will open, the studio may want to clear the slate and start fresh with MCU-connected material.
Marvel Studios is definitely going to feel the biggest impact of the Disney-Fox deal, but the TV division is going to be the real wild card. And if Loeb and company proceed wisely, they could make good use of some great characters.