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Ms. Marvel is an upcoming American streaming television series, created by Bisha K. Ali for Disney+. It is an adaptation of the Marvel Comics of the same name, and set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, centering on the eponymous character, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. It is expected to be the seventh, Disney+ original series, featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ms. Marvel is produced by Marvel Studios, with Bisha K. Ali, serving as the showrunner.
The series stars Iman Vellani in the titular role. Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha also appear in starring roles.
Ms. Marvel is set to premiere on June 8, 2022, and will be the second Marvel Disney+ series, to feature a newly-introduced protagonist, with the first being Moon Knight. It will be part of Phase Four of the MCU. Like the other Marvel series, produced by Disney+, it will be tied into the wider universe, with Ms. Marvel returning, for the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels.
Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega-fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels invisible both at home and at school—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?
- Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel
- Aramis Knight as Kareem / Red Dagger
- Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan
- Rish Shah as Kamran
- Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan
- Mohan Kapoor as Yusuf Khan
- Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli
- Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia Bahadir
- Laith Nakli as Sheikh Abdullah
- Azhar Usman as TBA
- Travina Springer as Tyesha Hillman
- Nimra Bucha as Najma
- Laurel Marsden as Zoe Zimmer
- Fawad Khan as TBA
- Adaku Ononogbo as Fariha
- TBA as Aadam
- TBA as Auntie Ruby
- Randy Havens as TBA
- Alysia Reiner as TBA
- Farhan Akhtar as TBA
- Samina Ahmad as TBA
- Alyy Khan as TBA
- Mehwish Hayat as TBA
- Anjali Bhimani as TBA
In May 2018, Kevin Feige announced upcoming plans in an interview, to incorporate Ms. Marvel into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On August 23, 2019, at D23, Kevin Feige confirmed, that a Ms. Marvel series was set to be developed, starring Kamala Khan, and revealed on November 8, 2018, to be on the new streaming service Disney+, along with seven other Marvel series. Variety reported that the first season would contain six episodes. The episodes are developed, for a one hour format.
Head writer and showrunner Bisha K. Ali, will serve as an executive producer, alongside President of Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios co-president, Louis D'Esposito, Executive Vice President of Production for Marvel Studios, Victoria Alonso,, directing duo, Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Sana Amanat, who co-created the comic series and Brad Winderbaum, who is the head of streaming, television, and animation for Marvel Studios.
Jenna Berger acts as a supervising producer.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, production on Ms. Marvel, as well as all projects within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was halted, and expected to resume in September, 2020, pushing the expected release date back.
It was later reported that theoretical physicist, Clifford Johnson, was hired as a consultant, for the series. His credits also include Agent Carter, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
Prior to the beginning of filming, Production Weekly released a small blurb, detailing what Ms. Marvel would entail of:
- "The show will center on Marvel’s first Muslim superhero to star in her own comic book title. Ms. Marvel as a comic and heroine has existed since 1976, with the character Carol Danvers using the name for her crime-fighting escapades. The latest incarnation, and the one the show will be focusing on, is a teenager named Kamala Khan. Khan broke ground by becoming Marvel’s first Muslim character to be lead her own comics title. Her identity as a Pakistani American, living in a religious family in New Jersey whilst trying to find her own way, have been a major focus of the stories. Her powers have been described as polymorphous, meaning she has the ability to stretch and change her shape."
The series hired SILA Consulting for advice on cultural representation.
At D23, following the Marvel Studios announcement they were developing a series about Ms. Marvel, Bisha K. Ali was reportedly set to write and act as showrunner. Her credits also include Loki. Freddy Syborn was hired as a writer for the series. A.C. Bradley, of What If...?, also serves as consulting producer and writer. Following the official trailer's debut, Fatimah Asghar revealed that she was a producer and writer on the show.
Sarah Finn, Krista Husar, and Molly Doyle were announced as casting directors for the series, with Gregory Korn and Djinous Rowling acting as casting assistants.
Auditions for the titular character, began with the start of production. On September 30, 2020, Iman Vellani was announced to have been cast in the titular role. A sizzle reel was released by Marvel, showcasing her being told she had been announced as the lead, on Zoom. Following the release of Ms. Marvel's sizzle reel, the starring cast members, were revealed on the official Marvel website. Regarding Vellani's audition, executive producer, Sana Amanat stated,
"She had this energy, this innocence, quirkiness. In her auditions, she went from being nerdy & quirky to emotional & almost like she had this understanding of a world that someone beyond her years should have."
A new casting call was released in September, 2020, for two new characters: Zoe Zimmer and Tyesha Hillman.
On September 28, 2020, a casting call for four new characters (The Sheikh, Fariha, Aadam, and Auntie Ruby), were released. On March 16, 2022, Adaku Ononogbo was revealed to have been cast in the series as Fariha, via her talent agency, International Artists Management.
In December of 2020, the casting for Sheikh Abdullah, Muneeba Khan, and Nakia Bahadir were revealed.
On Instagram, Laith Nakli revealed on Instagram, that he Alysia Reiner, had joined the cast in an undisclosed role.
On April 8, 2021, it was speculated by The Times of India and India Today that Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar would appear in the series, after it was reported that he was stationed in Bangkok, along with an international cast and crew, for the shoot of a project with Marvel Studios. On May 6, 2022, Deadline confirmed his involvement in the series.
In June of 2021, there were rumoring reports that Fawad Khan, Samina Ahmed, and Nimra Bucha were set to star in the series. Fawad Khan went on to confirm his role, later in a December interview. Nimra Bucha appeared in the official trailer, released on March 15, and her character was revealed to be named Najma.
Carmen Cabana serves as cinematographer, alongside Robrecht Heyvaert.
It was confirmed, that Ms. Marvel would be underway next spring of, April 2020. On December 7, 2019, it was revealed by Feige that production was expected to end by the end of 2020. On February 3, 2020, production was to be delayed, until in August, with the Ms. Marvel shoot only expected to last about four months. According to Charles Murphy, production was delayed, once again, and expected to begin to begin in sometime in November, through to March, 2021.
On November 10, 2020, it was reported that series began filming. Filming in Atlanta was finished by March 2021, with production heading to Bangkok next. Living Films served as the production services company, and Chris Lowenstein as the line producer, whilst in Thailand. Sets were constructed at the Studio Park facilities, south east of Bangkok. Despire a resurgence of the coronavirus, that imposed new restrictions in the city, the production company were able to obtain a waiver, and continue filiming, under strict protocols. On May 11, 2021, Variety reported that production had officially ended.
The series began additional photography in the Georgia capital, in January, 2022, with reports confirming that they would be minimal. It was later reported that reshoots were expected to take place from January 24 to February 28 in Atlanta and in addition, a second unit would film concurrently for about two weeks.
Directing duo: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were hired to direct at least one episode of the series. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon will be directing episodes of the series.
Christopher Glass serves as the production designer. On November 11, 2020, it was reported that Arjun Bhasin would serve as costume designer for the series.
Visual effects were provided by Digital Domain, Framestore, FuseFX, Method Studios, RISE, SSVFX, Trixter and Perception.
On May 16, 2022, Variety reported that Laura Karpman was set to compose the score for the series. Karpman's also scored the music for Marvel properties, What If...? and 2023's The Marvels. Regarding her role, she stated:
"I am thrilled to be a part of a wonderfully diverse team that is bringing Kamala Khan off the pages of her comic book and into your homes this June. She is an epic superhero hailing from a rich musical heritage that was a joy to be immersed in."
At the 2020 Disney Investors Day, Marvel released a sizzle reel, containing the first officially released footage, for the series, as well as input from crew members involved in the project.
On November 12, 2021, Disney+ Day, new footage of upcoming Marvel content was released, which included Ms. Marvel.
On April 19, 2022, Marvel released the official poster for the series, created by Pakistani designer and illustrator, Shehzil Malik.
On May 19, 2022, Marvel reelased a featurette, titled “I’m a Super Hero”, which gave a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Ms. Marvel, with input from various cast and crew members.
On March 2021, concept art of the series, created for toy manufacturers to base their products on, were leaked online.
On May 10, 2021, The Disney Store, released the first official merchandise for the show, in the form of a shirt, with the series' logo.
On March 18, 2022, Hot Topic, released merchandise, tying into the series, with shirts and an Avengercon Throw Blanket.
Ms. Marvel will be released on June 8, 2022. It will consist of six episodes. It is expected to be the twelfth entry in Phase Four, of the MCU, the seventh Disney+ original, by Marvel Studios, and the nineteenth television series, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ms. Marvel was intially expected to be released in 2021. Before the announcement of Hawkeye's release date, Ms. Marvel was listed as being released, after What If...?, on the official Marvel website, as well has having a 2021 release date listed.
Prior to the reveal of the release date, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy, indicated that the series would be released around fall of 2022, during an earnings call. On Disney+ Day, it was revealed that the series would be released in the summer. The Hollywood Partnership reported that the series' Red Carpet premiere, celebrating the show's launch, would take place in Hollywood, between June 2-June 3, 2022, indiciating a June release date.
On May 3, 2022, director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, revealed that the series would be released exclusively in cinemas only in Pakistan, through their licensee HKC Entertainment. Disney and Marvel will be specially creating a cinema format version of the six episode split into three parts as follows: Episode 1 and 2 will be set to debut on June 16, Episodes 3 and 4 will debut on June 30 and Episodes 5 and 6 will debut on July 14. She added:
- "This decision was made to celebrate the introduction of the first Pakistani Marvel superhero, Kamala Khan (played by Iman Vellani), into the MCU. The series also features a diverse cast both in front of and behind the camera. Disney and Marvel did not want Pakistani audiences to miss out on seeing Ms Marvel and her story as Disney+ has not yet launched in their country".
- Mindy Kaling and Riz Ahmed expressed an interest in writing a screenplay for, an adaptation of Ms. Marvel.
- With Kamala Khan having made her comic debut in 2013, the upcoming Ms. Marvel series features the fastest transition from comics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a titular character.
- The starring cast list, released on the official Marvel website, incorrectly spelled Azhar Usman's forename as Azher and Mohan Kapoor's surname as Kapur.
- The official poster relesased for the series, references the cover of the 2014 Marvel comic, Ms. Marvel (Vol. 3) - Issue #5.
- Nakia Bahadir's casting call, was given the code name Willow, named after G. Willow Wilson one of the creators of the Ms. Marvel.
- In Ms. Marvel, a poster of Captain Marvel can be seen, in Kamala Khan's bedroom. This image comes directly from the Marvel comic, Captain Marvel (2016) — Issue #4.
- To celebrate filming, members of the cast got matching tattoos of Ms. Marvel's emblem.
- Ms. Marvel is the first Marvel Studios project since The Incredible Hulk to be released in June.
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