With so many new projects hitting the big and small screen for Marvel in the coming years, it’s easy to get excited for what is coming down the pike. But one of those series looks like it is going to be pushed back considerably after having already faced delays from the original release date. The studio has announced (via CNet) that Miss Marvel won’t be hitting Disney+ until late in 2022. That will mark it being pushed back more than a year now, having been first planned to hit the streamer in 2021.
The news about Miss Marvel came in an earnings call for Disney in which CFO Christine McCarthy was bringing investors up to speed on what was in store from their entire lineup of creative content. Among some titles mentioned that are coming from the likes of Marvel and Disney was that Miss Marvel would now get a fourth-quarter 2022 release on Disney+. Though there was excitement around how this and other programs and movies offered Disney one of the biggest release sprints yet, it is still disappointing to have to wait longer for such a highly-anticipated series.
Ms. Marvel is set to follow the story of Kamala Khan, a teenager who is imbued with superpowers and idolizes Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel. The character was first introduced in 2014 and marked the first time Marvel had a Muslim character with his or her own comic book line. Relative newcomer Iman Vellani will play Khan who grows up in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has shapeshifting abilities and through her idolizing Carol Danvers, ends up crossing paths with Captain Marvel and essentially teaming up with her. In the comic books, the mantle of Ms. Marvel is passed to her from Danvers.
It’s unclear if the Ms. Marvel series will follow all of the same storylines from the comic books. It’s likely that it is an origin story around the character seeing as how she is now new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And since her powers aren’t 1:1 the same as Captain Marvel, this will help lay the groundwork for how she became so powerful and how her path is set to intersect with Danvers. Kahn can change her body to become bigger and more powerful with the representation of this usually coming through a huge fist. It’s also unclear how the studio plans to handle her powers on the screen with there being a more comic book-y aspect to what she can do and how she fights off villains. Based on some early promotional material, this aspect of her character might be altered some to include a glove that provides her power.
The new timing announcement that Ms. Marvel will be delayed to the end of next year could ultimately affect another production that is supposed to feature the character. The second Captain Marvel movie, The Marvels, is supposed to hit the big screen in 2023. That will have Brie Larson reprise her role as Carol Danvers and will bring back Teyonah Parris’s Monica Rambeau. The Ms. Marvel series likely sets the stage for this movie, introducing us to Kahn first and then having her cross paths with Danvers in the movie. That all remains to be seen. For now, we’ll have to wait almost a year until we actually get Ms. Marvel on Disney+.