Ms. Marvel Co-Creator Discusses Reimagining Kamala Khan For The MCU

In a new interview, Ms. Marvel co-creator and co-executive producer Sana Amanat discussed the many opportunities and also challenges in adapting the comics to TV. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Amanat also highlighted the upcoming show’s emphasis on representation.

“I know how incredibly important it is for people to have this out there, especially for young Muslims and young Pakistanis and Indians and people of color and young women,” said Amanat. “It just affects so many different communities, and that’s what was really exciting for me, just knowing how important this show is and hoping that we get it right.” At the same time, as a recently released trailer shows–Ms. Marvel in the TV series gains cosmic powers, and not the “embiggening” ones in the comics. In an interview with Empire, Marvel boss Kevin Feige spoke at greater length about why the character’s original powers “didn’t match” within the “very specific time within the MCU continuity.”

“An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala Khan is a Super Hero mega fan with an oversized imagination–particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel,” reads the synopsis in a press release. “Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home–that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?”

Ms. Marvel stars Iman Vellani in the main role as Khan. The show also features Aramis Knight (Into the Badlands), Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah (Emmerdale Farm), Mohan Kapur (Crime Next Door), Matt Lintz (The Walking Dead), and Yasmeen Fletcher. This is Vellani’s first role; however, she will also be in the MCU movie The Marvels in 2023, alongside Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers, played by Brie Larson.

The upcoming Ms. Marvel episodes will be directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Batgirl), Meera Menon (For All Mankind), and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face). Bisha K. Ali (Loki) will serve as head writer.

The Disney+ series will premiere on June 8.

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