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Looks Like We'll Have to Wait Four Years for Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk

Kevin Feige just confirmed that Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight are coming to the movies, but it'll be a long time before they show up on the big screen. The next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is heading for so-called "Phase 4" with The Eternals but a new crop of heroes are headed for the small screen.

At Comic-Con Marvel confirmed several shows are coming to the MCU via the streaming service Disney+. Some heavy-hitters from the movies are getting their own series like Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Hawkeye for Hawkeye, and Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprising Vision and Scarlet Witch for WandaVision. Later Disney announced that fan-favorites like Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk, and Marc Spector aka Moon Knight are getting their own shows too. But will they appear in the movies?

Ms. Marvel first appeared in Captain Marvel #14 (2013) as a shape-shifting teenage Pakistani American from New Jersey who discovers she has the super-heroic Inhuman genes and becomes a superhero. Jennifer Walters first showed up in the 29180 Savage She-Hulk #1 as the cousin of Bruce Banner who gains the ability to turn into the super-strong green hero She-Hulk after a blood-transfusion. Marc Spector is a former mercenary who believes he gain powers from a Moon God named Khonshu and becomes a moon-themed vigilante.

Will Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight appear in the movies? It's a big question because the other Marvel shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil only had a limited connection to the shows. Fans have been campaigning for the characters to show up in the MCU for years. Will the new Disney+ shows tie-in to the movies?

Marvel's chief creative officer Kevin Feige says the upcoming shows are connected to the movies and the characters will show up. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter the magazine says "[Kevin] Feige is currently developing shows based around Ms. Marvel—the studio's first Muslim hero—as well as She-Hulk and Moon Knight. All three will appear on the big screen after their Disney+ debuts, the exec confirms". In an interview with Bloomberg he confirmed that watching the Disney+ shows, including Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight, will be required to understand the scope of the MCU.

Bloomberg says, "If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, [Feige] 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.'" Here's the kicker though. We're a long way off from seeing them on the silver screen.

Right now the shows are in pre-production but that's forever in Hollywood. The first MCU show on Disney+, Falcon and Winter Soldier, is filming right now but won't be on Disney's streaming service till fall of 2020. The next two, WandaVision and Loki, are in pre-production and won't air till spring of 2021. All this is before Hawkeye drops in fall of 2021. That means Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight won't air till 2022 assuming nothing gets in the way. Even then they probably won't be in a movie till the next year which means Marvel's first Pakistani-American superhero won't meet Marvel's first African superhero till 2023.

The good news is Marvel isn't waiting around. They've already signed on showrunners. Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) is in charge of Ms. Marvel, Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) is running She-Hulk, and Jeremy Slater (Umbrella Academy) will be running Moon Knight.

The future is coming faster than ever these days and Marvel has it all planned out.

About the Author
Maurice Mitchell has been a passionate science-fiction fan of movies, television, books, and comics since age five. He and his twin brother Nigel created the site "The Geek Twins" to share that passion. Maurice has written and created infographics for sites like The Geek Twins and About.com. His work has been featured on sites like Business Insider, io9 Slashfilm and more.
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