It is that time of the year again for Disney to reveal their hand at what is in store for the media super-brand’s future to a select audience in the annual D23 Expo. Set to take place in Anaheim al through this weekend, the event is certain to have some major reveals. It does not take much deductive reasoning to know that this 2019 D23 will see the unveiling of the Disney+ streaming service. Other goodies hinted at include a new Marvel expansion area or theme park for Disneyland Resort. But back to Disney+; apparently there is a new MCU-related series to be announced too.
IGN tells us that another live-action series is in development for streaming on the exclusive Disney+ platform, following after all the Marvel Studios productions already announced before. Apparently it will be “Ms. Marvel,” based on the latest iteration of the Marvel Comics character to carry the costumed identity. That would be Pakistani-American Jersey City teenager Kamala Khan, whose Inhuman genetics manifest allowing her to shape-shift her body, as well as enlarge or shrink herself. She uses the previous codename of the first Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, shortly after she becomes the latest known Captain Marvel.
Attached to be the show-runner for this “Ms. Marvel” series is British writer Bisha K. Ali, one of the staff writers for the Hulu miniseries remake of 1994 UK film “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” As a Marvel Studios production for Disney+ it seems highly likely that the show will be tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise, as with the other series the studio is producing for the streaming service for its launch. Furthermore, since this come across as an advance announcement, there is probably no other production staff, castings or filming timetables set for “Ms. Marvel” yet.
The Kamala Khan iteration of Ms. Marvel was created by Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker in 2013, though her first headlining comic title will not be until 2014, as written by Muslim American author G. Willow Wilson. The character became a runaway hit with the depiction of her life as a Muslim American citizen in a religious family, along with her interactions with her school friends and community in Jersey City as well as the superheroes based in nearby New York. The “Ms. Marvel” comic book would go on to win a Hugo Award in 2015 for best graphic story.
Other Marvel Studios series on Disney+ with confirmed MCU links include “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (2020), “WandaVision,” “Loki” and “Hawkeye” (all for 2021). The hero characters on the show titles will be reprised by their respective MCU actors.
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