D23: Disney+ Announces Three New Live-Action Marvel Series – ‘Ms. Marvel’, ‘She-Hulk’, & ‘Moon Knight’
Last night at D23, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced 3 new Marvel live-action series are in development for Disney+ – ‘Ms. Marvel’, ‘She-Hulk’, & ‘Moon Knight’. For those of you that don’t know the characters, here is a little bit of background.
She-Hulk was first created by Stan Lee & John Buscema back in 1980. The story follows Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who gets shot whilst investigating a crime boss. She, unfortunately, has a rare blood type, but luckily she is being visited at the time by her cousin who proves a match and can help with the transfusion… Unfortunately, that cousin is Bruce Banner, and the transfusion turns her into the green-skinned She-Hulk. Over the years she has gone on to become a member of The Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, The Defenders, Fantastic Force and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench & Don Perlin and first appeared in the 1975 comic Werewolf by Night. Marc Spector is an ex-CIA agent who finds himself working as a mercenary in Eygpt for a terrorist named Bushman. When the pair stumble across an archaeological dig full of valuables, Bushman turns on Spector and leaves him for dead. Crawling to a nearby ancient tomb, Spector is saved by the Egyptian deity Khonshu. After smashing Bushman’s operations, he returns to New York, creating the costumed hero, Moon Knight aka “The Fist of Khonshu”. To distance himself from his past, Spector invents two new identities: millionaire Steven Grant and cab driver Jake Lockley. However, he finds himself struggling with those multiple personalities and his amoral inclinations.
Ms. Marvel has been around since 1968 when Carol Danvers first used the identity. There have been various iterations over the year, however, it is the latest version, Kamala Khan, created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona in 2013, that will be the basis for the tv series. Written by Bisha K. Ali (Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’), the series will follow the teenage Pakistani-American from a religious family in New Jersey. In the comic book storyline, she discovers she has Inhuman genes and gains shapeshifting abilities. She names herself Ms. Marvel after her idol, Carol Danvers.
These three shows will join the previously announced Marvel/Disney+ line up of ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’, ‘WandaVision’, ‘Loki’ and ‘Hawkeye’. Whereas those shows all focused on existing MCU characters, these will be the first new Marvel heroes to join the MCU via the Disney+ service.
Disney+ launches November 12 in US, Canada, Netherlands, and Australia… Frustratingly, there is still no launch date for Disney+ in the UK. We do know the services is due to release in most major markets within the first two years. We will let you know when we hear more.
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