During Hulu’s Television Critics Association presentation today, Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment gave spoke about upcoming shows coming to the Hulu streaming platform service. During the event, Erwich spoke about the state of Marvel content on Hulu, and what happened to the previously announced animated projects that never came to fruition.
“Well, Hit-Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. are both currently on our platform. Audiences are continuing to enjoy them. I don’t have any announcements regarding those shows. Marvel is truly one of the great brands in popular culture, and our fans are really enjoying the output on our platform on both “Hit-Monkey and M.O.D.O.K. at this time and, I think, will continue to do so.”
Marvel’s Netflix shows had a robust R-rated lineup from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Defenders (we don’t acknowledge Iron Fist) until Marvel suddenly ended their partnership with Netflix. After that relationship ended Hulu was one of the go-to streaming services for Marvel properties with The Runaways, Cloak and Dagger and Helstrom. What made these shows so special were their grittiness and darker themes; something you would never find on Disney Plus.
Fans has a spark of hope for the return of adult themed Marvel content when Kevin Feige brought back Matt Murdock for Spider-Man: No Way Home and Kingpin for the Hawkeye’s finale. Could their rumored appearance and hopefully spin-off shows migrate to Hulu where they can be as gory as they want? Will Luke Cage have some more coffee?
Unfortunately, it looks like the tamer version of Kingpin and Daredevil are here to stay. “Marvel and that team will make the decisions best for that franchise and for that brand. You know, we are truly beneficiaries of the entire talent system at Disney Television. It’s through that roster and that creative excellence and the home for those creators that bring us shows like Only Murders with Dan Fogelman and The Dropout with Liz Meriwether. So, we’re taking advantage of all the support we get from the entire company to build out what I really think is our best slate ever.”
“My focus on the next five years is our slate of programming. You know, we’re already starting to talk about programming decisions we’re going to make for ’23 and ’24. We have a really exciting pipeline to kind of follow up on, not just the shows you’ve seen today but the shows you’re going to see over the next year. And the teams really excited about that,” Erwich finished.