Original Marvel series could be coming to Hulu thanks to the cancellation from Netflix of shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage. With the new Marvel animated series Howard the Duck starting a future relationship with Hulu, vice president of Hulu Originals, Craig Erwich, told TheWrap in an interview that “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in”.
Marvel films have been exploding onto the silver screen with all sorts of popular titles, like The Avengers and Black Panther, reeling in incredibly successful financial results. Viewers seem to enjoy the drama that mixes with superhero action, so why not keep this trend running with a full head of steam? Bringing back fan-favorites like Daredevil or Iron Fist could help bolster the Hulu viewer and subscription count, a company that is slowly gaining ground on the streaming giant, Netflix.
With a deal between Marvel’s parent company, Disney, and Hulu, the streaming service is looking at a co-ownership with the Disney name which definitely boosts the possibility of seeing a few of these Marvel series make a return. And along with Howard the Duck, Hulu is bringing three more animated series to the application, including M.O.D.O.K., Tigra & Dazzler and Hit-Monkey. With the agenda form Hulu to clearly push out more Marvel TV series to subscribers, it wouldn’t be all that surprising for more to add to the list.
But that’s not all. The four series are also contracted to provide a special crossover special title, The Offenders. This deal with Hulu is surprisingly similar to what Marvel had contracted with Netflix, however, it wasn’t meant to be a copy of that contract, or so Erwich states in the interview.
In the deal, Disney is also putting Marvel in charge of creating a new collection of TV series for their own streaming service, Disney+. This new relationship between the companies looks to be off to a thriving start, introducing plenty of new shows to the library of both Hulu and Disney+. So, maybe it’s not so far-fetched to see returning live-action Marvel series be introduced into the Hulu line-up.
And it’s not as though these new animated series aren’t packed with big names. Kevin Smith, Chelsea Handler and Patton Oswalt are all expected to be apart of these new series, making for what could be some more than popular series in the Marvel universe.
“We’ve had a relationship with Marvel since ‘Runaways,’ we’re getting into business on these animated shows(…)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.” — Craig Erwich, Vice President of Hulu Originals
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what comes to fruition. We’ll definitely be getting new Marvel series on the new home of the franchise, Hulu — but what else does the future hold in the deal between Hulu, Marvel and Disney.