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There was once a time when it looked like we would never see Ms. Marvel in a movie, but as we have learned in the past few years, you should never say never when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the not-so-distant future, not only will we see Kamala Khan take to the big screen in one of the most promising Marvel Phase 4 movies, but there will also be a Ms. Marvel TV show on Disney+ sometime before that.
If this is your first time hearing about Ms. Marvel or you just aren’t up to speed on the upcoming series about Marvel Comics’ number-one superhero fan, then you’ve come to the right place. Below we will break down everything we know about just one of the upcoming Marvel TV shows coming to Disney+ including its cast, showrunner, group of diverse and up-and-coming directors, and much, much more.
Ms. Marvel Is Expected In Late 2021, But A Release Date Has Not Been Ironed Out
Following 2020, a year in which we didn’t see any new Marvel movies in theaters for the first time since 2009, the MCU is alive and well in 2021, with a slate of Disney+ shows and a trio of highly anticipated movies. One of the shows on that slate — Ms. Marvel — will premiere at some point in the final months of 2021 though Marvel has yet to reveal exactly when we’ll get to see Kamala Khan yell “Embiggen!” before growing in size. Expect to hear more about Ms. Marvel’s release date in the coming months.
Iman Vellani Leads The Ms. Marvel Cast That Also Includes Aramis Knight And Matt Lintz
Taking on the the role of Kamala Khan, the teenage girl who becomes the titular hero in Ms. Marvel, is Pakistani-Canadian actress Iman Vellani, who is making her acting debut on the upcoming Disney+ series. Joining Vellani in the Ms. Marvel cast is Aramis Knight (Into The Badlands), who will take on the role of Kareem, aka Red Dagger, Khan’s cousin and masked vigilante. Matt Lintz (The Walking Dead) will be portraying Kahn’s best friend Bruno Carrelli. Other members of the cast include Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha, according to Marvel.
Ms. Marvel Will Follow Kamala Khan As She Goes From A Superhero-Obsessed Teenager To Being A Hero Herself
Unlike the previous Marvel shows on Disney+, Ms. Marvel will be an origin story that shows how Kamala Khan goes from a teenage girl obsessed with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, to becoming one herself. Equipped with shapeshifting abilities, superhuman strength and speed, and a whole arsenal of other powers, Ms. Marvel will show viewers why she’s one of the comic world’s most popular heroes.
Like most movies and shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ms. Marvel will also have a lot to do with what it means to be family, as was revealed in the show’s impressive sizzle reel.
Loki Writer Bisha K. Ali Created Ms. Marvel And Serves As The Series Showrunner
If you are a fan of Loki Episode 3 “Lamentis” then you’ll be glad to hear that the episode’s writer, Bisha K. Ali, not only wrote Ms. Marvel but also serves as the series’ showrunner. When the upcoming Marvel series was first announced in August 2019, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story revealing Ali, a British stand-up comedian and screenwriter, as the one running the Disney+ show. Ali previously helped work on the script for Mindy Kaling’s Hulu miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral. You may recall that Kaling had discussions with Marvel regarding a Ms. Marvel movie back in the summer of 2019.
Ms. Marvel Episodes Will Be Split Among Several Directors
The story of Kamala Khan becoming the titular hero in Ms. Marvel will play out over six episodes, which will be directed by a diverse group of filmmakers. The directing team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life) were tasked with helming the season premiere and finale, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (the Academy Award-winning documentary Saving Face) directed a total of three episodes, and Meera Menon (The Punisher, Outlander) was put in charge of one episode throughout the six-part first season.
Ms. Marvel Wrapped Production In May 2021
Production on Ms. Marvel officially kicked off in November 2020 at Marvel Studios’ home away from home, Trilith Studios (formerly known as Pinewood Studios), according to The Hollywood Reporter. After the main shoot concluded in March 2021, secondary filming was conducted in New Jersey for a few weeks before production shifted to Bangkok, Thailand. Filming on location in Thailand lasted throughout April and May 2021 despite much of the country being shut down due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
In May 2021, Variety reported that Ms. Marvel was able to complete production in the Southeast Asian nation after obtaining a waiver and implementing strict anti-virus protocols including closed sets, mandatory masks on set, and testing of cast and crew twice a week.
Ms. Marvel Will Set Up The MCU Phase 4 Film, The Marvels
In addition to introducing Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series will also serve as a tie-in for 2022’s The Marvels, a.k.a. Captain Marvel 2. The upcoming Phase 4 movie will feature not only Ms. Marvel, but also Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau from WandaVision. The film will also see Zawe Ashton step in as a villain but the identity of her character has yet be revealed.
It has yet to be revealed just how Ms. Marvel will lead into The Marvels, but we will most likely find out at some point when the Disney+ series premieres later on in 2021. Directed by Nia DaCosta, The Marvels is set to be released November 11, 2022. Whatever happens, The Marvels is starting to sound like it will be one of the best Marvel movies.
There is still a lot we don’t yet know about Ms. Marvel, including the show’s villain, exact release date, or what Iman Vellani will look like suited up. Those details will be worked out in due time, so why not make the best of it and watch all the Marvel movies in order while you wait.
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