The Marvel Cinematic Universe is breaking boundaries in Phase Four. Kevin Feige teased Ms. Marvel all the way back in 2018, but the Disney+ series wasn’t officially confirmed until 2019’s D23 Expo. Ms. Marvel is one of the newer characters to appear in Marvel comics, making her debut in 2014. She’s the first Pakistani Muslim American superhero to headline her own comic book series, which makes her upcoming live-action series all the more groundbreaking.
With Bisha K. Ali as showrunner and an array of directors — including Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah —helming the episodes, Ms. Marvel is perhaps the most exciting series coming up in the MCU slate. Here’s everything we know so far about Ms. Marvel, including its release date, cast, plot, and how the show will connect to the rest of the MCU.
Who is Ms. Marvel in the comics?
Ms. Marvel is Kamala Khan, a teenager living with her immigrant family in New Jersey. What Kamala doesn’t know at the start of her comics run is that she’s an Inhuman, a group of genetically-advanced humans who were experimented on millions of years ago by the Kree, an ancient alien species. As soon as her powers activate, Kamala quickly realizes that she has elastic abilities that allow her to reshape any part of her body Kamala loves superheroes and idolizes Captain Marvel so much that she takes on her old mantle once she officially becomes a superhero.
What is the release date of Ms. Marvel on Disney+?
Ms. Marvel was originally announced to premiere in late 2021. However, that calendar slot got taken up by Hawkeye, pushing the show into 2022. In November, Disney confirmed that Ms. Marvel would be airing in “summer 2022.”
How many episodes will Ms. Marvel have?
Ms. Marvel will consist of six episodes. This number is in line with various other MCU TV shows, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight.
Who is in the cast of Ms. Marvel?
Newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast in the title role and will don the costume of Ms. Marvel. In addition, Saagar Shaikh will play Amir Khan, Kamala’s older brother; Aramis Knight will star as Kareem (aka, Red Dagger), a costumed vigilante with no supernatural abilities; and Matt Lintz will play the role of Kamala’s friend Bruno Carrelli. Knight confirmed his role in an Instagram post, which you can check out below!
Zenobia Shruff and Mohan Kapur will play Kamala’s parents Muneeba and Yusuf, respectively. Also, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer, Nimra Bucha, Alyy Khan, and Alysia Reiner have been cast in currently-undisclosed roles
What is the plot of Ms. Marvel?
Per Marvel, here’s what fans can expect from the series:
[Ms. Marvel will focus] on fan-favorite Kamala Khan - a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. A great student, avid gamer, and voracious fan-fic scribe, Kamala has a special affinity for Super Heroes, particularly Captain Marvel. However, Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school — that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to.
It seems like the Disney+ series will depict Kamala’s origins as a superhero. How closely Ms. Marvel will follow the comics remains to be seen, but it seems fairly close so far.
Is there a trailer for Ms. Marvel yet?
A minute-long teaser for Ms. Marvel dropped during Disney’s 2020 Investor Day presentation, the House of Mouse released a sizzle reel that included the moment Vellani found out she’d been cast as Ms. Marvel, as well as a couple of brief scenes filmed for the series thus far. Watch it below!
Additionally, Disney released some footage on their 2021 Disney Plus Day, showcasing Kamala’s inspiration from Captain Marvel, as well as her attempt at her own powers.
How does Ms. Marvel connect to the rest of the MCU?
Before Ms. Marvel has even aired, Disney has already confirmed that Vellani will be joining Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris in the sequel The Marvels. It’s possible that the Disney+ series will include the Kree, an advanced alien race that Captain Marvel battled in her first film. This alien connection could be the way Kamala is introduced in the sequel. Between the Kree and Ms. Marvel’s affinity for Carol Danvers, it’s no surprise that Kamala will be joining her idol in the sequel film.
Ms. Marvel will likely take part in films besides The Marvels and could even show up in the Secret Invasion series alongside several other Marvel heroes. The fan-favorite character is just getting started and with the MCU introducing a slew of characters to live-action, including Kate Bishop and America Chavez, the next generation of superheroes is ready for their close-up.
Ms. Marvel will be released only on Disney+ in Summer 2022.
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