Disney+ is now available and it comes with a new Marvel Cinematic Universe special called Expanding the Universe. The special features concept art for upcoming series Hawkeye and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Check them out below.
I am in love with the comic accurate suits for Falcon and both Hawkeyes. I am also glad that Bucky has shed his Jesus look in favor of a more traditional First Avenger era look. Zemo also has his purple mask, and Lucky the Pizza Dog looks set to make his MCU introduction.
In other Disney+ news concerning Marvel, Bloomberg described how Kevin Feige pitched the shows to the cast while at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. Feige revealed that he was nervous to pitch the Hawkeye series to Jeremy Renner since his contract included a solo Hawkeye film. However, Feige said:
“He totally got it and said, ‘Let’s do it.'”
Feige also unveiled that Loki will tie directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
He declines to discuss the budget for the shows—including reports Disney is spending as much as $25 million per episode on some Marvel shows, more than HBO is believed to have spent during the final season of Game of Thrones. He does drop one little morsel, though. If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription, because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the Loki series will tie in, too. “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” he says. “But it does.”
The She-Hulk and Moon Knight series currently in-development are also making headlines as they both just locked down creative leads.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Jessica Gao will develop and lead the writing team of She-Hulk, which follows “Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk), who is Bruce Banner’s cousin in the comics. She receives an emergency blood transfusion that gives her a milder form of a transformation into her own version of the Hulk – one that allows her to live full-time in her Hulk form while holding down a job as a superhero lawyer.”
Gao won an Emmy for writing the “Pickle Rick” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and she also has credits on Robot Chicken and Silicon Valley. At D23, Feige referred to Moon Knight as an “action adventure series” about a mercenary left for dead in the Egyptian desert. Does he have powers, or is he just crazy?
THR also reports that Jeremy Slater will oversee Moon Knight, who is often described as Marvel’s version of Batman. Slater adapted Netflix’s Umbrella Academy and wrote the 2015 Fantastic Four film, The Exorcist TV series, Death Note and The Lazarus Effect.
At this stage I’m more excited for the MCU content coming out on Disney+. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see me writing more about why I feel this way in the next month.
What are your thoughts on the concept art? Which MCU/Disney+ show are you most excited for?