This would certainly make Disney’s streaming service a must-have for families and older fans as their original content, aside from The Mandalorian, will finally begin to release, justifying subscribing to the service beyond a single original Star Wars show.
According to Christopher Marc of The Ronin, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye are reportedly planned to release in 2021, despite the ongoing pandemic. Marc stipulates that plans can change quite easily and quickly, like everything in this turbulent production climate has.
Marc also reinforces that She-Hulk and Moon Knight won’t begin production until March, heavily implying that they won’t be released until 2022.
If Christopher Marc is correct, and Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye finish production and release in 2021, it’s going to paint a pretty funny and contrasting picture from the drought that has gone on in 2020 for fans.
It would mean that Marvel Studios would be releasing a total of six series and four movies—all in 2021:
The news is a great sign for fans that the Willow series is moving forward at full steam. It’s remarkable for a franchise to be revived 32 years later with some of the original creative minds still involved.
Deadline reports that a trio of actresses has been cast in the series, which is set to shoot next year in Wales, the same location where the original was filmed. Ellie Bamber, who previously appeared in the British limited series Les Miserables and the movie Nocturnal Animals, will take the lead as Dove, a humble kitchen maid who proves herself on a quest, much like Willow himself did three decades ago. Meanwhile, Cailee Spaeny will play Kit, a princess whose twin brother’s abduction sparks the central quest of the series. Spaeny is familiar to fans as the lead character Lily in the recent The Craft: Legacy, and she’s also appeared in Pacific Rim: Uprising, Bad Times at the El Royale, and the Hulu series Devs.
But the latest casting update, with its revelations about the strong female characters these actresses will play, makes it clear that Willow is not only happening but also that the series will continue one of the original film’s most vital themes: female empowerment.
We already know Disney+’s Ms. Marvel has begun filming, so it is no surprise that Moon Knight would be beginning soon after.
A recent report by The Illuminerdi claims that Moon Knight will begin filming in London in March of 2021.
The report also reveals two new character descriptions: “One is for a female lead in her 30’s described as Egyptian and strong (no BS), and the other is for a British male lead in his 50’s-early 60’s in a strong supporting role, potentially open to Europeans.”
The final piece of news from this report is that Marc Spector will be donning a “silver cloak” instead of his traditional look from the comics.
The female character description could be a potential love interest from the comics in Marlene Alruane, but that remains unclear. The male character description is even vaguer, but there’s a possibility it’s Jean-Paul “Frenchie” Duchamp, who serves as a pilot and colleague to Marc Spector in the comics.
Kamala is dressed up as Carol Danvers, so Bruno dressing up as another hero alongside her makes a lot of sense. In the comics, Bruno is actually an aspiring scientist, specifically in the chemical engineering field, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for him to see Bruce Banner as his personal hero, being a famous scientist who doubles as a superhero. Additionally, at least at Peter Parker’s school in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Bruce Banner is comparable to Marie Curie and Sir Isaac Newton.
As pointed out by multiple users on Twitter yesterday, it seems like Bruno dressed up as Bruce Banner, alongside Kamala’s own Captain Marvel costume.
It seems very apparent at this point that Kamala and Bruno are going out for Halloween, both seemingly dressed as their favorite heroes. Kamala was wearing what appeared to be a home-made costume of Captain Marvel’s outfit seen in Avengers: Endgame, and Bruno seems to be emulating Bruce Banner, which is more apparent when comparing his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It isn’t unsurprising that Ms. Marvel will be representing Kamala Khan’s religion, much in the same manner that Netflix did with Matt Murdock’s Catholicism. The show will clearly show that Kamala is Muslim, which focuses on many of her conflicts, big and small, in the comics, whether it is being unable to eat a BLM sandwich at her local Circle Q or being a driving force in her heroic philosophy.
According to Atlanta Filming, Ms. Marvel has begun filming at the Islamic Institute of Atlanta as of Monday, which Atlanta Filming implies will be representing Kamala Khan’s Mosque in the show, commenting, “Here is where Ms. Marvel was Monday. The Mosque of Atlanta
In fact, one of the best moments in the comics is when Kamala Khan runs to her Sheikh in a panic because of her having kissed one boy while liking another. So, it will be great to see her local Mosque as a recurring location in the show, especially when it could be hugely beneficial for Muslim audiences to see their religion represented in such a huge franchise.
There is still no official start-of-production date for the new Hawkeye series, although it does appear more imminent than ever with Renner’s new video. Ever the comedian, he is well aware of the physical work needed to prepare for his next venture with Marvel, especially after mentioning his three-year hiatus after last suiting up in Avengers: Endgame.
MCU mainstay Jeremy Renner recently released a video via his personal Twitter account indicating that he is prepping for training to star in the new Hawkeye series on Disney+. He shows off the training equipment he’s utilizing to get back into shape and adds the caption, “It’s time to train after a 3 year break… fluidity, speed, and PAIN is in my future. #officially broken.”
Renner has been in the MCU longer than any other starring actor in the new slate of Disney+ shows, but this also marks his very first starring solo project after supporting roles in five previous movies. Clint Barton’s story is set to be explored more deeply than ever as he potentially loses his hearing, trains a new Avenger in Kate Bishop, and takes on a new round of challenges after a decade in the game.