This news might be a stretch but it’s real: Ms. Marvel’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in play.
Kevin Feige—producer and president of Marvel Studios—discussed the possibility of introducing the Muslim-American hero to the big screen during an interview with the BBC. The teenage character, Kamala Khan, was first introduced in 2014 by Muslim writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona, and with the help of their editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker. The standalone series spawned a major cult following and garnered a Hugo Award. Khan has since become a member of the Avengers and plays a major part in Marvel's Avengers: Secret Wars animated series.
The BBC reporter asked if Feige will do a Ms. Marvel film starring the Muslim superhero. “Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world,” Feige teased.
Feige has promised in other interviews that the plans for the next MCU wave will include more relatable characters; especially since Black Panther was a massive success. “We have films that we haven't announced yet, with filmmakers that we haven't announced yet, that we'll continue to see,” Feige told NPR. “I've said that Black Panther will not be a one-off for us — it will be the beginning of something we believe in very deeply, have always believed in, and that our bosses at the Walt Disney Company believe in and encourage, which is the movies should represent the world in which they are made, and should be made by people that exist in the world and that bring new stories to it. And boy does Black Panther showcase, beyond our wildest dreams, the best of what can happen.”
It’s unknown whether and when we could see the fan-favorite Muslim hero teaming up with the Avengers, but this is a major step in the right direction. Who do you think should play Khan in the live-action film? Cast your dream actress in the comments below!