After Netflix started canceling their Marvel shows, many wondered if the shows would be moving to Disney+. It turns out Hulu may become their new home.
If you are a fan of the Marvel-Netflix shows these past few months have been difficult. We lost Luke Cage and Iron Fist within one week of each other. Then, we lost Daredevil despite an amazing third season.
The second season of The Punisher has now been released and the third season of Jessica Jones is yet to come but there has been no guarantee of a future for either show. The likely outcome is that both shows end up canceled, and if they do, Hulu might be waiting with open arms, according to TheWrap.
Marvel and Hulu recently agreed to a partnership to bring a series of adult animated shows to Hulu. Those shows will include M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, a Tigra & Dazzler show, and Howard the Duck. The group will then come together to form The Offenders in an effort to save the world. If this sounds familiar it is similar to the way the Defenders universe was set up at Netflix.
After the announcement, Craig Erwich, the Senior Vice President of Originals at Hulu, was asked if there was a possibility they could bring back the canceled Marvel shows. According to the report, he did not eliminate the idea. He also said that there are several Marvel properties that they’d be interested in and that it just depends on when Marvel is ready and who will be behind the shows. We can assume that the latter means that they would want to bring the shows back with the same casts and crew.
There is plenty of reason to believe that the move could take place. All of the reports about the canceled shows seem to indicate that the actors, actresses and creatives behind them were devastated and stunned by the cancellations. The statements released after each cancellation indicated that we hadn’t seen the end of the characters. However, the biggest indicator that this is something we should keep our eyes on is the fact that Disney owns 60 percent of Hulu after the Fox merger.
This means that if Disney wants to try to keep the lighter fare over at Disney+, they technically have an outlet for their heavier content in Hulu. When you combine these factors with the fact that Marvel and Hulu now have a growing relationship with the Offenders series and previously Marvel’s Runaways (with two seasons out and the expectation that they’ll be renewed for a 3rd) there are legs here.
While the Disney+ option felt like a long shot. Hulu feels like a great situation for the shows to fall into. Technically, the shows can’t be picked up for two years after their cancellation but that timeline actually works with Hulu’s plans. The goal would be to see how the shows perform before any additional content is made official.
This will be something to watch over the course of the next few months as fans are still holding out hope for these shows.