D23 2019: She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel Coming to Disney+
Disney just won’t stop growing its ownership map, and fans have been holding high expectations going into this year’s D23 event. With Marvel (and others) in its grasp, Disney has everyone’s attention this weekend as it announces upcoming projects for the comic powerhouse.
The Marvel panel at Comic-Con let us know that major plans are in the works for characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch, and Vision, but there are some other heroes and villains coming to the Disney+ streaming platform. Kevin Feige was on hand at D23 to share three new Marvel shows that will be part of Phase 4.
Fans were both shocked and excited to learn that She-Hulk would be getting her own Marvel TV series, making her one of a few characters that hasn’t been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—yet. Although she’s somewhat new to the live-action world of the MCU, She-Hulk has been in the comics as a fierce fighter and strategist.
Jennifer Walters gained her powers from her cousin Bruce Banner after receiving a life-saving blood transfusion from him. It took her some time to get used to having gamma-powered abilities, but Walters learned to balance being a lawyer with She-Hulk. She’s always been an advocate for justice and has fought alongside the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. No release date has been given for the Disney+ series, but we at least know it’s in development.
Not to be confused with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel is actually a Pakistani-American teenager by the name of Kamala Khan. She’s described by Marvel as a “Muslim-American youth” who struggled to strike a balance between religious upbringing with society. Once she gained her powers—which include shape-shifting, limb-extending, and strength—she decided to become a crimefighter in her hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Ms. Marvel—who first came on the scene in 2013 and is Marvel’s first Muslim hero—quickly became a favorite comic book character, and with her being a protégé of Captain Marvel, it’s been confirmed that she’ll be a part of the MCU movies in addition to having her own TV show. Crossover!
But Ms. Marvel is also the leader of her own crime-fighting teen team, The Champions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bisha K. Ali will be showrunner for Ms. Marvel. It’s rumored that the series will hit Disney+ sometime after Hawkeye’s release in 2021.
The announcement of Moon Knight for Disney+ is another major rumor-come-true for Marvel fans. Moon Knight has been around since 1975 and is one of Marvel’s most interesting figures. Marc Spector, a former CIA operative, become the mercenary after being left for dead in Egypt by a terrorist leader.
His super abilities—including self-resurrection and strength from full moons—were imparted from the ancient Egyptian moon god, Khonsu, but they’ve also caused him to be mentally unbalanced, leading him to suffer from moments of depression and grappling with multiple personalities. He’s been an ally of Spider-Man and The Defenders.
Since none of these characters have been introduced to the wider MCU world yet, fans are excited to see how each one’s series will intersect with other Marvel stories. For Marvel lovers who have been on the fence about Disney+, shows like these can sway subscription choices.