Ms. Marvel is a relatively recent addition to the Marvel comics, but she’s been such a huge success that it should come as no surprise that she’s made her way to the MCU in her own Disney+ series.
It doesn’t hurt that she was the breakout star of 2020’s Marvel’s Avengers game, and between that and a planned appearance in the sequel to Captain Marvel, The Marvels, it looks like Kamala Khan is about to become a household name.
There’s also a promotional poster for Ms. Marvel released at Pyramid International, which proves that Kamala will get her powers from Nega-Bands on her wrists, rather than genetically as she does in the comics. Take a look below:
The star of the show is Iman Vellani, a Canadian actress who is making her on-screen debut as Ms. Marvel herself.
She is joined by Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli, Kamala’s friend who is in on the secret of her superpowers. Also confirmed is Aramis Knight as the vigilante Kareem, AKA Red Dagger.
Kamala’s family are played by Saagar Shaikh (playing Amir Khan, Kamala’s brother), Zenobia Shroff (playing Muneeba Khan, Kamala’s mother) and Mohan Kapur (playing Yusuf Khan, Kamala’s father).
Laurel Marsden stars as Zoe Zimmer, whilst Rish Shah plays the role of Kamran. Anjali Bhimani has also joined the cast in an unnamed, recurring role.
Behind the camera, Bisha K. Ali serves as head writer. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Meno all act as directors across season one.
What is the plot of Ms. Marvel?
Ms. Marvel’s first season will be an origin story. Kamala Khan is a nerdy Pakistani-American teenager and the first Muslim superhero in the Marvel universe. Based in Jersey City, she gains her powers as a polymorph. In the comics, this happens after coming into contact with Terrigen Mist – but the trailer indicates things may be a little different.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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?
Kamala can change her appearance to whatever she wills but needs time to recharge after using her powers. Her enemies vary from massive big bads to more street-level crime, but we suspect that the series may lead towards the latter.
That’s because we think the series will want to give Kamala room to step up when she makes her confirmed appearance in The Marvels, the sequel to Captain Marvel. She’ll star alongside Brie Larson (playing Carol Danvers) and WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris (playing Monica Rambeau). The family of Kamala will also star in this film.
This isn’t the only Disney+ series to plant the seeds to direct tie-ins with movies – WandaVision has already done so with the sequel to Doctor Strange.
How can I watch Ms. Marvel?
Like other shows in the MCU, Ms. Marvel is a Disney Plus exclusive. If you haven’t yet got an account on Disney+, it costs £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up for Disney Plus here.
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Hannah Cowton is a Senior Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld, working across entertainment, consumer technology and lifestyle. Her interests and specialities lie in streaming services, film and television reviews and rumours, gaming, wearables and smart home products. She's also the creator of The London Geek, a geek culture and lifestyle blog.