Prior to Disney+ panel at D23 this weekend, THR dropped some huge news. Marvel are developing a Ms. Marvel series for Disney’s new streaming platform.
Screenwriter and stand-up comedian Bisha K. Ali, who recently worked as a staff writer on Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral series, has signed on as showrunner and writer for the series.
Over the years a few characters have taken on the Ms. Marvel mantle, however, the new series will focus on the modern iteration, Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American. Khan will be first Muslim superhero to appear in the MCU.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) August 23, 2019
THR provided more information on the character:
Ms. Marvel as a comic and heroine has existed since 1976, with the character Carol Danvers using the name for her crime-fighting escapades. Several other characters have briefly taken up the mantle and Danvers herself became Captain Marvel in 2012.
The latest incarnation, and the one the show will be focusing on, is a teenager named Kamela 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.
Unlike previous Marvel shows on Netflix, Hulu & ABC, the shows on Disney+ will have a direct impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So somewhere down the like we could see Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel team up. This is an exciting new aspect that fans will certainly enjoy.