Ms. Marvel Leaps Into Action this June

Marjorie Smedley, Opinions Editor

A new trailer dropped last week, marking the upcoming debut of Marvel’s newest heroine onscreen, Ms. Marvel. The trailer was uploaded Tues., March 15, and currently has 15 million views on YouTube, announcing that the six-episode mini-series will finally be coming to Disney +. The show was pushed back due to COVID-19, along with many other Disney + shows, such as Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Secret Invasion. The heroine is set to come to the MCU franchise soon, with the first episode premiering on June 8.

The role of Ms. Marvel, AKA Kamala Khan, has gone to Iman Vellani with the role being her onscreen debut. Supporting cast includes Matt Lintz as Bruno Carelli, Kamala’s best friend and Guy-In-The-Chair and Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia Bahadir, Kamala’s other best friend. Other characters include Kareem/Red Dagger, who will be played by Aramis Knight, and Kamran, a love interest who will be played by Rish Shah. Kamala’s family will be played by Saagar Shaikh, Mohan Kaapor and Zenobia Shroff, who will play the parts of Kamala’s brother, father and mother respectively.

The legacy character Ms. Marvel is an important and landmark superhero in comics as she is the first muslim superhero in Marvel Comics. She was first introduced in Captain Marvel #14 in 2013, and was given her own comic book run in 2014, which ran for 19 issues. Created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, she is the first muslim superhero to headline their own book. The first volume of her comic run, Ms. Marvel: No Normal, won a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2015.

In the Marvel Comic Universe, Ms. Marvel, AKA Kamala Khan, is a sixteen year old Pakistani girl who lives in Jersey City, and a huge fangirl of superheroes such as Captain America, Thor and her idol Captain Marvel. After one fateful night, she learns she comes from an ancient race known as the Inhamans, who carry a genetic gene that when exposed to certain elements, becomes active and gives them powers. When Kamala becomes exposed, she develops the powers of extreme stretchiness, flexibility and even shapeshifting. Together with her friends Bruno and Nakia, she defends her home of Jersey City and becomes a hero in her own right. The television series is set to follow some of comic book lore, but several differences have already been noticed between the live-action adaptation and the comic, the most noticeable being Kamala’s powers. Instead of being her original stretchiness and shape-shifting, in the television series, she gains a magical bracelet that gives her the powers to form crystal-plasma objects, similar to those of her idol, Captain Marvel. Though these differences may be prominent, it remains to be seen how these changes will affect a character beloved by many.

“I’m interested to see a female superhero being in her own star role in her own TV series,” junior Jahcir Murphy said.

“I haven’t read the comics, but I’m looking forward to the TV show,” says sophomore Elizabeth Salvador.