Ms. Marvel Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have explained how and why Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series mixes animation and live-action, which was shown in its first trailer.
Speaking to Empire, El Arbi and Fallah explained that they pitched the idea of using animation as a way to bring the fantasies of series protagonist Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) to life at Marvel Studios. To the duo’s surprise, Marvel approved the idea. “It was important to us that you step directly into Kamala’s world and see it through her eyes,” El Arbi said. “It really shows that she has her head in the clouds and is still fantasizing.”
El Arbi and Fallah were not the only ones to have ideas for Ms. Marvel. Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige revealed that Vellani herself – who is also a huge Marvel fan – also had some of her own ideas for the series. “[On set] [Iman] carries this Unabomber notebook with her everywhere, with scribbles and ideas,” Feige said. “And why wouldn’t we want to hear them? Not just because she’s playing the lead role, but because if she wasn’t playing the lead role, she’d be commenting on the show online. So it’s best to comment before the end of the show and try to incorporate the best of those ideas.”
It was also Vellani’s admiration for Marvel that landed her the role of Kamala Khan, according to the character’s co-creator, Sana Amanat. According to Amanat, Vellani showed off his impressive Marvel collection during his Zoom audition for the role and said the actor’s bedroom was “covered in Avengers.”
Vellani also spoke about the importance of his role as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Muslim superhero. “The fact that the show is ongoing and they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important]”, she said in a 2021 interview. “I don’t really need to go out of my way and talk about being Muslim and being Pakistani – it’s all coming out of the show. People seeing someone like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.”
Ms. Marvel could also feature an appearance from characters both familiar and new to the MCU, including an appearance from Lockjaw of the Inhumans and even Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, though none have been officially confirmed. Lockjaw’s appearance on the show was hinted at by a leaked episode title called “Lockin’ Jaws”, while Captain Marvel’s appearance was apparently marred by a piece of series-related merchandise.
Ironically, while Kamala Khan is an Inhuman in Marvel Comics, she won’t be an Inhuman in the MCU as shown in the first trailer for the series. However, Amanat defended the change, saying it was “the right move because there are bigger stories [in the Marvel Universe] say.”
Ms. Marvel premieres June 8 on Disney+.
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