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Your Guide to the New MCU

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Over at Film School Rejects, MouthDork breaks down all the new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Steve Rogers and Tony Stark may no longer assemble alongside The Avengers, but by 2021 the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be overflowing with caped crusaders eager to join the ranks of the established roster of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. We're still reeling from the seemingly endless announcement of characters that came out of the Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con, and now we know that Kevin Feige was showing great restraint. During his presentations at the D23 Expo, the man in the ballcap revealed that Phase Four still had a few tricks up its sleeve.

In addition to the previously announced movies Black WidowThe Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder, we now have a confirmation and release date for Black Panther II. And in addition to the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If..., and Hawkeye, the next narrative stage will also contain three other highly anticipated properties focused on their eponymous Marvel Comics heroes: Ms. MarvelShe-Hulk, and Moon Knight.

Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight are not household names yet, but just like Iron Man prior to his MCU introduction in 2008, they are supported by a deep catalog of well-established stories and an army of fans who have waited a very long time to see them executed properly on screen. Haters have dismissed all three as knockoffs of superior, more popular characters, but those in the know realize that, in many ways, they surpass the characters that inspired them. My job here is to be their hype man, to get you excited for a trilogy of titans that will own the pop culture conversation in the coming years.

On top of the announcement of MCU newcomers, we also received word of some returning guests (including fan-favorite Darcy) to the mix as well as even more surprise appearances from classic costumed characters, namely U.S. Agentand Black Knight. I'll get into those A-List B-Listers as well and tell you what to read now while you wait for all these characters hit small and/or big screens.

We knew she was coming, but seeing The Magnificent Ms. Marvel finally get her official Marvel Studios logo sends chills down my spine. Maybe no other D23 announcement has caused quite as much a stir as this one, and with good reason. Kamala Khan is an exceptional character who represents a community rarely (or, never) given the superhero treatment. The Pakistani-American teenager comes from a strict, religious family who does not understand her obsession with the mighty Captain Marvel. When her body is exposed to Terrigen Mists ('s complicated, but really all you need to know is that it's a mutagen with ties to The Inhumans, and please, don't let that terrible ABC series muddy your perception of how rad those characters actually are), Kamala gains shapeshifting abilities.

One nice aspect of this character is that she's only been around since 2013, and her first few comics serve as an exceptional starting point for the curious reader. Not only that, but Marvel Comics recently published her first 12 issues as an affordable $12.99 digest-sized collection called Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan. The story tracks her reaction to the newfound superpowers, her infatuation with Captain Marvel, a battle with a bird-headed villain and his army of robots, and the careful protection of her secret identity from friends, family, and foes.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Ms. Marvelstreaming show will introduce the character under the leadership and pen of Bisha K. Ali, the showrunner behind Hulu's Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot. For anyone worried that Kamala Khan deserves to stand alongside her hero, Kevin Feige also revealed at D23 that Ms. Marvel will eventually find her way to the big-screen adventures of The Avengers just as some Avengers found their way to Disney+ shows.

To get the lowdown on the rest of the new roster, jump on over to Film School Rejects by clicking HERE.

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