The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to become even more diverse. Walt Disney studios announced Friday (Aug 23) at the D23 Expo convention that Ms. Marvel is being developed as a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, joining such already-announced Marvel series as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye and the animated What If, all of which feature established characters.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige announced that the live-action series would focus on Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey who idolizes Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson in the MCU) and becomes a superhero in her own right. She will also appear in a future and yet unnamed film.
“It’s incredibly exciting for us,” Feige said.
No specific release date was given and Feige didn’t reveal any additional plot details, nor did he say who would play the lead character or whether Larson will appear in the series.
Ms. Marvel was the long-held title of a character who now ranks as one of the strongest Avengers: Captain Marvel. After Carol Danvers took up the mantle of Mar-Vell in 2012, her former identity sat empty. That is, until 2015, when Kamala Khan took up the name.
Kamala was co-created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, as well as writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona, who crafted many of her earliest adventures. With Kamala in the lead, Marvel’s Ms. Marvel book sold out in stands — and topped the book market in trade paperbacks. Ms. Marvel collections have been nominated for six Eisner awards and won the Hugo Award for Best Comic in 2015.
Kamala has joined the Avengers, and even become the leader of the teen superhero group known as the Champions.
British writer Bisha K. Ali (showrunner of Hulu’s 2019 Four Weddings and a Funeral series) is rumored to act as showrunner and write for the show, potentially confirmed by G. Willow Wilson herself tweeting her best wishes to Ali.
According to Feige, the Ms. Marvel series will arrive after Hawkeye, which puts it around Winter 2021 or early 2022.