Major Marvel Studios titles came to Disney+ last year to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe and as part of the list we can find the specials Werewolf by Night, Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special and the shows She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Moon Knight and Ms Marvel – 100%. The latter came to the streaming service on June 8, 2022 and had 6 episodes. It was created by Bisha K. Ali, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and starred Iman Vellani in the role of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel.
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After her arrival on the small screen in 2022, the story of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel radically changed in the pages of Marvel Comics. Just this Wednesday, a new Kamala solo comic was released for the first time in several years, and this one is titled Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant #1. The comic is not only relevant because it introduces Kamala’s new status as a mutant, but also because it was co-written by Iman Vellani, the star who embodies the character in the television series.
In a recent interview with Marvel.com (via Comic Book), Iman Vellani revealed how the idea for the opening part of the new comic came about, a mind-bending nightmare sequence in which Kamala is “literally pulled in different directions by various Marvel super teams.” The 21-year-old actress explained that the idea came to her in one of her dreams:
The whole comic book thing came to me in a dream. I was listening to Billy Joel’s ‘River of Dreams’ and I thought, ‘There are too many dreams, we have to make dreams now.’
The co-writer of the comic, Sabir Pirzada, detailed this scene in the medium:
The opening is a somewhat surreal dream sequence in which Kamala wakes up in the egg in which she is resurrected on Krakoa, and seems to be reliving this moment over and over again in which she is also pulled in literally a hundred different directions by of the different super teams of which he has been a part. And I think the opening is a great example of how Iman thinks visually, because I think a lot of those specific images she came up with herself and inherently knew that using dreams as a structure opens up so many wonderful artistic possibilities.
The Ms. Marvel show introduces Kamala Khan (Vellani), the MCU’s first official mutant, as well as the first Muslim superhero, who happens to be Captain Marvel’s biggest fan. Kamala’s arrival in the MCU is a huge step in terms of representation, and various important personalities have applauded this great achievement, including Taika Waititi and the famous Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Ms. Marvel forms part of Phase 4 of the MCU and paves the way for the next big MCU movie, The Marvels, in which Vellani will reprise his role as Khan and share the screen with Brie Larson, who reprises her role as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau.
The Marvels is directed by Nia DaCosta from a script by Megan McDonnell and if all goes as planned, the film will hit theaters on November 10 as the 33rd installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to introducing the core group of female superheroes Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan, the film features the debut of Dar-Benn, a Kree villain played by Zawe Ashton.
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