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When is Marvel’s Moon Knight out? Release date & cast for Disney+ show

Published: 28/Oct/2020 11:31

by Daniel Megarry

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Moon Knight is the latest unexpected Marvel superhero to get their own spin-off series on streaming service Disney Plus.

While the blockbuster movie entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe have typically focused on household names like Captain America and Iron Man, TV is providing the opportunity to expand their roster with lesser-known (but still as brilliant) heroes like the upcoming She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel.

Moon Knight will soon be added to that growing lineup of superheroes with his own Disney Plus series.

Don’t know who that is? Well, he’s definitely one of Marvel’s more niche offerings, but that only makes us more excited to see another fresh face in the MCU.

Logo for Disney Plus series Moon Knight

Often described as Marvel’s answer to Batman, Moon Knight is a millionaire entrepreneur and vigilante who uses his wealth to pay for high-tech equipment and gadgets. He’s also an expert detective and uses multiple identities to aid him in his fight against crime.

There could be a while to wait for Moon Knight to hit Disney Plus, but there’s already plenty of rumors and speculation about what we can expect. Here’s everything we know so far.

Moon Knight release date: When will it be on Disney+?

No production date has been set for Moon Knight yet, and we’re still waiting on confirmation of a full cast. With a lead star and director already in mind, however, it’s possible it could begin filming in 2021.

As a result, it’s been speculated that we may have to wait until the end of Phase 4 in 2022 for this one to hit our screens.

Moon Knight cast: Who will play the hero?

Recent rumors have suggested that actor Oscar Isaac will make the jump from the Star Wars universe to the world of Marvel in the upcoming Moon Knight series.

He’s currently “in negotiations” to play the lead character, if reports are to be believed.

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Oscar Isaac is “in talks” to star in Disney Plus series Moon Knight

There are no other casting rumors yet, but Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, is expected to develop and lead the writing team for Moon Knight.

Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab has been pegged to direct the series by Deadline. His previous work, which includes Clash, Cairo 677, and El Gezeira, often focuses on societal issues in his home country.

Moon Knight plot: What will happen in the movie?

With the majority of Marvel movies and TV series taking heavy inspiration from the comic books, it’s expected that Moon Knight will remain true to the source material. This could give us an idea of what to expect from the upcoming Disney Plus series.

Created in 1975 by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, is the son of a rabbi who ran away from home to become an adventurer. He’s betrayed by the greed of his employer Raoul Bushman, and left for dead at an archaeological dig.

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Moon Knight is the latest hero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Spector is offered a second chance at life by the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, in return for being a conduit for the ancient deity on Earth. This also gives Spector powers, including super-strength dependent on the phases of the moon, and the ability to hypnotize people with the ‘voice of Khonshu’.

It’s expected that Moon Knight will be one of Marvel’s darkest stories so far, and will explore the mental health implications of his split personalities. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige teased that he “may or may not be infused with powers from Khonshu the moon god, or he may just be crazy”.

Whether he will be an ally to The Avengers or a villain remains to be seen. Based on the comics, he could go either way.

Moon Knight trailer: Is there any footage yet?

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Don’t expect a trailer for Moon Knight to appear anytime soon

There’s no trailer yet, not even a teaser, as the series hasn’t officially gone into production. It’s likely we’ll get a trailer towards the end of 2021 or early 2022, depending on its eventual release date.

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5 reasons why Ms Marvel will be this generation’s defining MCU superhero

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:29 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 18:34

by Daniel Megarry

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With Ms. Marvel getting her own highly-anticipated Disney+ series, we’re delving into the reasons why she’s destined to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most important superhero.

Kamala Khan first appeared in Captain Marvel in 2013, before going on to headline her own comic book series as Ms. Marvel in 2014. In just six years, she’s become the comic book world’s most exciting new hero, appearing everywhere from the animated series Marvel Rising to the recent Avengers video game.

Now, she’s getting her own Disney+ series in 2021, with newcomer Iman Vellani taking on the lead role. It joins a lineup of promising Marvel shows coming to the streaming service including She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Loki and Hawkeye – but we believe Ms. Marvel is the most important series on the list.

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Ms. Marvel is expected to hit Disney+ in 2021

With production on the show well underway, we’ve listed five reasons why Khan’s live-action debut will be a game-changer for the superhero genre, and turn her into an icon for a new generation of Marvel fans.

She’s the first Muslim superhero in the MCU

While Marvel’s comics have long been a place for inclusivity and representation, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has faced ongoing criticism for its lack of diversity. It took 21 MCU movies before a female superhero – Captain Marvel – was given the chance to lead her own adventure on the big screen.

Some would argue that the race or religion of a superhero shouldn’t matter, and in an ideal world that would be true. But when the majority of superheroes in cinema are straight, white and male, it’s clearly an area that needs some work. After all, everyone deserves to see themselves kicking butt on screen.

The Ms. Marvel comics present Khan’s identity as a Pakistani-American Muslim as a core part of her character, but don’t make it the reason for her whole existence; she’s a complete individual. We’re sure the Disney+ series will stay true to that vision.

She could lead the Young Avengers to victory

With rumors of a Young Avengers movie in the works at Marvel, fans have been busy speculating which superheroes could be part of that team. So far, we know Kate Bishop will appear in Hawkeye, and it’s rumored that Speed and Wiccan will be the twin babies featured in WandaVision. That’s three members already.

Ms. Marvel could join Kate Bishop in the Young Avengers

Well, you can probably add Khan’s Ms. Marvel to that list; she became a member of The Avengers in the comics, but there’s no reason she can’t become part of the Young Avengers in the MCU. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her lead the pack as a founding member, especially if her Disney+ series performs well.

She’s the modern-day Peter Parker

Spider-Man is one of the most beloved characters in Marvel’s roster, largely due to his relatability factor. He juggles his crime-fighting side hustle with family life, relationships and school, and always retains that youthful naivety and positive outlook that makes him so endearing.

Khan has been described by fans as a ‘modern-day Peter Parker’ as she has many of the same qualities and dilemmas as the web-slinger’s alter ego, having to choose between her superhero duties and her personal life. She’s also got a great cast of supporting family and friends, who make her story even more engaging.

She represents a new generation of fans

While the big players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, have entertained us for years, it’s safe to say they don’t reflect many viewers sat at home or in the theater. And that’s fine – superheroes arguably exist primarily for escapism.

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Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel will speak to a new generation of Marvel fans

But when so many children and teenagers grow up idolizing superheroes, it’s important that they’re able to see themselves in those characters, and Khan is one of the most relatable heroes Marvel has to offer.

She’s young, she makes mistakes, and she has faith in her generation, unlike some of the more weathered heroes that came before her.

Like the rest of us, she’s a pop culture fangirl

One of the most endearing qualities of Khan is that she’s obsessed with superheroes and pop culture. She idolizes Carol Danvers, dresses up as her (like many fans do at comic conventions), and even ends up taking the Ms. Marvel mantle from her.

In a lot of ways, Khan’s Ms. Marvel represents the dream many superhero fans had while growing up, and that’s a fantasy we can all get lost in – even as adults.

With filming currently underway, we can’t wait to see the show hit Disney+ in 2021.