At yesterday’s Disney Investor Day 2020, The Walt Disney Company announced a staggering expansion of their Disney+ streaming platform, including new series centered around Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and more. During Marvel’s portion of the conference, the company gave their first look at Ms. Marvel, a new series coming to Disney+ in late 2021.
Newcomer Iman Vellani will play the title character of Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim Pakistani-American from New Jersey who fantasizes and writes fan fiction about her favorite superheroes. When Vellani gains shapeshifting powers, she becomes one of the heroes that she loves so much and becomes part of that world she had only previously dreamed about.
In the sneak peek, series creator and head writer Bisha K. Ali talked about how exciting it is to bring a Pakistani character that she sees herself in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ali also mentioned that the series is about relationships and family, and that this family would become a part of the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Currently set to direct Ms. Marvel are Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who directed this year’s Bad Boys for Life, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who has won two Oscars for her short subject documentaries, and Meera Menon, who has previously directed episodes of The Walking Dead, Outlander, and The Punisher. Previously, showrunner Bisha K. Ali has written additional material for the Netflix series Sex Education, and wrote for the 2019 miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral.
In addition to providing this first look at Ms. Marvel, Marvel also announced that Iman Vellani would appear in Captain Marvel 2. Kamala Khan’s favorite superhero is Captain Marvel, and Brie Larson has previously said that she would like to see Ms. Marvel in Captain Marvel 2, so this seems like a perfect match.
In the sizzle reel for Ms. Marvel, Kevin Feige mentions that the character is one of the newest in the Marvel comics, and it hasn’t taken long for Ms. Marvel to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character debuted in February 2014, and only four years later, Feige mentioned that the character was in the works for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has already made an appearance alongside The Avengers earlier this year in Marvel’s Avengers video game by Square Enix.
Ms. Marvel began development in August of 2019, yet Iman Vellani was only cast in the role of Kamala Khan in September of this year. Filming began last month in Atlanta, which is probably why unlike Loki, WandaVision, and Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Ms. Marvel didn’t receive an actual trailer at the event yesterday.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding greatly through various new programs on Disney+, it’s exciting to see Marvel open up and explore new heroes unlike we’ve seen before. As Bisha K. Ali says, it’s exciting for her to see a character that she can relate to on screen, and that type of representation is wonderfully becoming central to the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Ms. Marvel is currently one of six Marvel Cinematic Universe series coming to Disney+ in 2021, as the series is planned to debut late in the year.