|Created by||Bisha K. Ali|
|Based on||Marvel Comics|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production company||Marvel Studios|
|Distributor||Disney Platform Distribution|
|Related shows||Marvel Cinematic Universe television series|
Ms. Marvel is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Bisha K. Ali for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics featuring the character Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel. It is intended to be the seventh television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. Ali serves as head writer with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah leading the directing team.
Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel, with Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Laurel Marsden, Adaku Ononogbo, Laith Nakli, Travina Springer, and Aramis Knight also starring. The series was announced with Ali's involvement in August 2019. Vellani was cast in September 2020, with El Arbi and Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon hired as the series' directors. Filming began in early November 2020, shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and New Jersey, before concluding in Thailand in May 2021.
Ms. Marvel is scheduled to premiere on June 8, 2022, and will consist of six episodes, concluding on July 13. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU. The series will serve as set-up for the film The Marvels (2023), in which Vellani will reprise her role as Khan along with additional cast members from the series.
Kamala Khan, a fangirl of the Avengers, particularly Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, struggles to fit in until she gains her own powers.
Additionally, Fawad Khan, Arian Moayed, Alysia Reiner, Azhar Usman, Nimra Bucha, Alyy Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Anjali Bhimani, and Farhan Akhtar have been cast in undisclosed roles.
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by||Original release date |
|1||TBA||Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah||Bisha K. Ali||June 8, 2022|
|2||TBA||Meera Menon||TBA||June 15, 2022|
|3||TBA||Meera Menon||TBA||June 22, 2022|
|4||TBA||Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy||TBA||June 29, 2022|
|5||TBA||Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy||Fatimah Asghar||July 6, 2022|
|6||TBA||Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah||TBA||July 13, 2022|
Marvel Entertainment's Creative Consultant Joe Quesada said in September 2016 that there were plans to explore the character of Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel in other media following her unusually rapid success and popularity among comic book readers. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said in May 2018 that a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) project based on Kamala Khan was "in the works", and would follow the release of the film Captain Marvel (2019) as Khan is inspired by that film's title character Carol Danvers.
By August 2019, Marvel Studios had begun development on a Ms. Marvel television series for the streaming service Disney+, with Bisha K. Ali hired to serve as the head writer after working as a writer on the series Loki. Ms. Marvel was officially announced at the 2019 D23 conference. In September 2020, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to direct two episodes of the series, with Meera Menon hired to direct one episode, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy hired to direct three episodes; Menon and Obaid-Chinoy ultimately directed two episodes each. Ali, El Arbi, and Fallah serve as executive producers on the series and worked closely with Marvel Studios to develop it, with Kamala Khan co-creator Sana Amanat also serving as a co-executive producer. Marvel Studios' Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum also serve as executive producers.
Freddy Syborn and Fatimah Asghar serve as writers on the series. A. C. Bradley, the head writer of What If...?, serves as a consulting producer and writer.: 6 [needs update]
In Ms. Marvel, Khan gains the ability to harness cosmic energy and create constructs from a magical bangle, which differs from the shapeshifting abilities that she has in the comics. Feige explained that the Inhuman source of her abilities in the comics did not "match" with the timeline and events of the MCU, so her powers were adjusted to be related to her Pakistani heritage. They were also brought closer to the cosmic powers of the other heroes in the film The Marvels (2023), which Vellani co-stars in. Feige added that the character's "giant hands and arms" would still appear in the series "in spirit". Amanat and another of the character's co-creators, G. Willow Wilson, both were consulted on and supported the change, with Amanat feeling that it was "fun to give Kamala different kinds of powers that feel big in scope and cinematic... the essence of what the powers are in the comics is there, both from a metaphorical standpoint and from a visual standpoint."
Ms. Marvel is a coming-of-age story, with Amanat noting the series took inspiration from the character's comics, creating the MCU version of the comics' "quirkiness and stylistic distinction" and being "told through the lens of Kamala's experience and her wild imagination". She also described Khan's life and world "naturally colorful" given Jersey City is "a pretty crazy and vibrant and multicultural place". Carol Danvers is Khan's inspiration to become a hero, having seen her almost defeat Thanos during the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). Amanat believed it was important to tell a story about who your heroes are for a young person of color, and exploring what that does "to your sense of self".
In September 2020, newcomer Iman Vellani was cast in the lead role of Khan, while set photos that November revealed Matt Lintz had been cast in the series. The next month, Marvel confirmed that Lintz had been cast, portraying Bruno Carrelli, along with Aramis Knight as Kareem / Red Dagger; Saagar Shaikh as Amir Khan; Rish Shah as Kamran, the male lead of the series; Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan; Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan; Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia Bahadir; Travina Springer as Tyesha Hillman; Laith Nakli as Sheikh Abdullah, and Azhar Usman, and Nimra Bucha in undisclosed roles. Newcomer Laurel Marsden was cast in the role of Zoe Zimmer in February 2021, while Alyy Khan and Alysia Reiner were revealed to have also been cast in the series. Fawad Khan revealed that he was part of the cast in December 2021, and Mehwish Hayat was reported a month later to also have a role in the series. In March 2022, Adaku Ononogbo was revealed to be cast as Fariha, while Anjali Bhimani was revealed as part of the cast in an undisclosed recurring role, after previously appearing in the Marvel Television series Runaways. In May 2022, Arian Moayed was revealed to be cast in the series, after previously portraying Department of Damage Control (DODC) agent Cleary in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Later that month, Farhan Akhtar was revealed to be appearing in an undisclosed guest role.
Arjun Bhasin serves as the costume designer for the series. Khan's Ms. Marvel costume was inspired by burkinis and shalwar kameez, with subtle "cultural details" in the fabric.: 89
El Arbi and Fallah, Obaid-Chinoy, and Menon directed the series. Filming began in early November 2020 at Trilith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, with Carmen Cabana serving as a cinematographer. The series was filmed under the working title Jersey. To depict Khan's daydreams, El Arbi and Fallah suggested using animation, since they felt it was important viewers were able to "come right into Kamala's world and see it through her eyes" and show how her head is always in the clouds and fantasizing.: 88 The duo were inspired by Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, anime (particularly for the visual effects), John Hughes's films, the films Booksmart (2019) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and the early 1990s television series Parker Lewis Can't Lose.: 89
El Arbi and Fallah concluded their episodes on March 5, 2021. Secondary filming occurred in Hudson County, New Jersey, from March to early April. Vellani and Shah continued to film scenes in Atlanta through late April and early May. Obaid-Chinoy began filming the fourth and fifth episodes in Thailand by March 23, specifically in Bangkok and at the Studio Park facilities, with Jules O'Loughlin serving as cinematographer for those episodes. Given the series' strict COVID-19 protocols, Ms. Marvel was able to obtain a waiver from the Thai government to continue filming in the country throughout April and May 2021 despite new restrictions put in place in April that suspended other film and television productions. The cast and crew of 450 people were divided into three bubbles in order for production to continue if a positive test was found in one of the bubbles. Filming for the series concluded in Thailand in early May 2021. Reshoots, with Obaid-Chinoy directing, occurred at the end of January 2022.
In May 2022, Laura Karpman was revealed to have composed the score for the series, after previously composing for What If...? and being hired to score The Marvels. Karpman said she immersed herself in Khan's "rich musical heritage".
A first look at the series with early footage, testimonials about the impact the character has had, and clips of Vellani's audition was shown at Disney's Investor Day in December 2020. Josh Weiss at Syfy Wire called it "absolutely priceless" seeing the exact moment Vellani learned she had been cast as Khan. In January 2021, Marvel announced their "Marvel Must Haves" program, which reveals new toys, games, books, apparel, home decor, and other merchandise related to each episode of Ms. Marvel following an episode's release. Additional footage was shown during Disney+ Day on November 12, 2021.
The first trailer for the series was released on March 15, 2022. Many commentators noted the change to Khan's powers from the comics (in which she has shape-shifting abilities) to being able to harness cosmic energy and form constructs with magical bangles, believed to be similar to the Nega-Bands from the comics. Linda Codega at Gizmodo said the trailer was "as adorable, fun, and exciting as the comics[, full] of absolutely excellent directorial decisions" and that the series looked like "a tone-perfect mashup of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Sky High". Gabrielle Sanchez of The A.V. Club said the trailer offered "an illustrative guide to Kamala Khan". The final shot of the trailer, as well as a teaser poster also released for the series, pays homage to the cover of Ms. Marvel (2014) #5.
Ms. Marvel is scheduled to debut on Disney+ on June 8, 2022, and will consist of six episodes, releasing weekly until July 13. The series was previously expected to debut in late 2021, but following the announcement of Hawkeye premiering in late November 2021, Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter said it was "unclear" if Ms. Marvel would also still release in 2021, given Hawkeye would still be releasing into December and it was "unlikely" two Marvel Studios series would release at the same time. In August 2021, Matt Webb Mitovich of TVLine felt it was "very safe to assume" Ms. Marvel would premiere in early 2022, with it confirmed the following month to be moving to 2022. In November 2021, it was confirmed to be releasing in mid-2022, with the June 2022 premiere confirmed in March 2022. Ms. Marvel will be part of Phase Four of the MCU.
The series will receive a three-part theatrical release across Pakistan through licenser HKC Entertainment, due to Disney+ not being available in the country at that time. The first two episodes will release on June 16, 2022, followed by the third and fourth episodes on June 30, and the last two episodes on July 14.
See also: The Marvels
During the series' official announcement at D23, Feige stated that after introducing Ms. Marvel in the series, the character would cross over to the MCU films, which he reiterated in November 2019. Previously, Captain Marvel star Brie Larson expressed interest in including Ms. Marvel in that film's sequel, and Vellani was confirmed to be appearing in the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels in December 2020. In February 2021, Feige revealed that Ms. Marvel would set-up The Marvels. Additionally, Shaikh, Shroff, and Kapur reprise their respective roles as Khan's family members in The Marvels.