Kevin Feige Announces 3 New Marvel Series Coming to Disney+
In two hours at the Disney+ panel at D23 Expo 2019, the audience was gifted with so many announcements and surprises, it’s hard to keep track of them. Among those conveying new information was none other than Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.
As he’s done in the past, Feige reiterated past announcements while also introducing new characters and concepts. One of the most exciting announcements was that of not one, not two, but three new Disney+ Marvel series. Here’s what we learned.
These are the series we already knew about
There have been plenty of rumors over the past couple of years as to which Marvel characters will get to continue their journeys (or begin new ones) with Disney+. But it wasn’t until San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019 that we received official confirmation of these upcoming shows.
Five shows were announced: Loki, WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, and What If…?. While the first four are essentially live-action sequels (or prequels) to Avengers: Endgame, the last title is an animated series based on the comics of the same name, which will feature many more MCU alums returning to voice their characters.
But now, let’s take a look at the new series. First up is Ms. Marvel. This is based on a relatively new title in the world of Marvel Comics. Before she became Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers wore this title, back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. She was followed by Sharon Ventura in the ‘80s and later, briefly Karla Sofen.
This iteration will be based on the latest Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. Kamala is a Pakistani-American teenager living in New Jersey. She loves the Avengers, especially Captain Marvel. When Kamala learns that she is actually an Inhuman, she takes on Carol’s old mantle. Kamala is a polymorph with shapeshifting abilities and elasticity.
Next up is Moon Knight. The character and his alter ego, Marc Spector, date back to the 1970s. Spector is a boxer and former Marine who struggles with having multiple personalities. He has often been compared to the DC Comics hero Batman due to being a (mostly) self-taught human from a wealthy background.
Feige described Moon Knight as “a new action-adventure series.” He added, “He was a mercenary, he was left for dead in the Egyptian desert, and now, he may or may not be infused with powers from Khonshu, the moon god — or he may just be crazy.”
Finally, many have wondered what will happen next with Hulk. We saw that character change actors, go from a sulking scientist to the Grandmaster’s champion — and finally, he became Professor Hulk, as Bruce Banner discovered how to meld his personality and the powers of “the big guy” into one.
Now, we’re getting yet another kind of Hulk. She-Hulk, to be exact. The character of Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who, in the comics, is Banners’ cousin and contracts a muted form of the gamma-ray virus from him during a blood transfusion. If they stick with this, it looks like we may be getting the first Marvel procedural.