Marvel Studios has found head writers to lead the development of two upcoming Disney+ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Gao will take the lead on She-Hulk. Jeremy Slater will do the same on Moon Knight.
Gao won an Emmy for writing the beloved “Pickle Rick” episode of Rick and Morty. She also served as an executive story editor on six episodes of that series. Her other writing credits include Silicon Valley and Take My Wife. If “Pickle Rick” is anything to go by, She-Hulk is in more than capable hands.
Gao confirmed the news on Twitter, calling the She-Hulk job, “the definition of a dream come true.”
I’ve been chasing She-Hulk for SO long. This is the the definition of a dream come true.
— Jessica Gao (@ChairmanGao) November 8, 2019
Slater is fresh off of another comic book adaptation. He led the development and writing of The Umbrella Academy for Netflix. The dark, quirky tone of that series feels like a good precursor to Moon Knight.
Some fans are already getting stuck on Slater sharing a screenplay credit with director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg on the disastrous Fantastic Four (2015). Slater previously told ScreenCrush that he worked on the project for about six months before being replaced and that the final film, which underwent a fair amount of reshoots, was very different from what he’d written.
Obviously, Trank and Kinberg had far more control over the creative direction of the film and the responsibility/blame that comes with it. Given the high quality of Slater’s work on The Umbrella Academy, we can give him the benefit of the doubt.
There are still no details on when these series will premiere on Disney+, but with three live-action and one animated Marvel Studios series set for 2021, She-Hulk and Moon Knight are probably scheduled for 2022. Considering the writers leading each series, we can trust that they will be worth the wait.