Creator: Bisha K. Ali
Stars: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Anjali Bhimani
Ms. Marvel 2022 comes from writer Bisha K. Ali and centers on Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-American teenager living in New Jersey. The character of Ms. Marvel first appeared in 2014 as Marvel’s first Muslim character to star in her own title, and she will become Marvel Studios’ first on-screen Muslim heroine.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has said that in addition to appearing on the small screen, Kamala Khan will be included in future Marvel movies.
Nine years later, Kamala makes history again in “Ms. Marvel,” the latest Disney Plus series from Marvel Studios that premiered its first trailer on Tuesday. The series will debut on June 8.
Newcomer Iman Vellani won the lead role after an extensive search by Marvel Studios. She is joined by fresh-faced Saagar Shaikh as her older brother Aamir, Mohan Kapur and Zenobia Shroff as their parents Muneeba and Yusuf, Matt Lintz as his best friend Bruno, and Aramis Knight as the vigilante known as Red Dagger.
Set to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” the trailer opens with Kamala in the high school guidance counselor’s office, while doodles of speech balloons, hearts, and devil horns appear on screen. Kamala is billed as your typical daydreaming superhero nerd, but at some point she gains strange cosmic powers, like the ability to launch energy blasts and create glowing rungs to walk on air. Later in the trailer, she dons a comically accurate red and blue costume and throws some cosmic punches with a giant, glowing fist.
Bisha K. Ali (“Four Weddings and a Funeral” on Hulu) serves as executive producer and head writer, and the six-episode first season was directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (the Oscar-winning director of the documentary shorts “Saving Face” and “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”), Meera Menon and Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Marvel initially announced “Ms. Marvel” was set to premiere in late 2021, but after the pandemic flooded the schedule with nine other movies and series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio pushed the series back to summer 2022. That also puts the show closer to release. “The Marvels,” the film sequel to the February 2023 debut of “Captain Marvel,” will star Vellani opposite Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers and Teyonah Parris’s Monica Rambeau.