At The Walt Disney Company‘s D23 Expo in August 2019, then-Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that they were in development on three Disney+ live-action series: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. Now we flash ahead a few months (which in the world of geek/pop culture can feel like years) and some things have clearly changed…
With Feige now pretty much “Overlord of All Things Marvel” (not his official title), Jeph Loeb is setting sails from Marvel – and probably to an exclsuive deal with WarnerMedia‘s HBO Max running their DC Universe “hub” (our bold prediction). We know Marvel’s Helstrom is moving forward but Marvel’s Ghost Rider is DOA, and then you have Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger ending its run. The adult animated Marvel block spearheaded by Loeb for Hulu featuring Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler (and team-up series Marvel’s The Offenders) appears to be a go – for now.
Thankfully, it appears the change hasn’t impacted the three anounced series, with The Umbrella Academy series creator Jeremy Sister being tapped to develop and lead the writers’ room on Moon Knight. But that’s not all: Emmy award-winner Jessica Gao (Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty) is set to develop and lead the writers’ room on She-Hulk (both The Hollywood Reporter exclusives).
For those of you not part of the “Mickey Continuum” (yet) and need backstory on what a “D23” is, here’s how we see it. Billed as the largest fan event in the world, D23 Expo is the company’s way of showing any and every other media company out there that they are not to be f***ed with – in the friendliest way possible. So over the course of three days, attendees will learn what lies ahead on the path towards pop culture nirvana, across the company’s media landscape: film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more.