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‘Ms. Marvel’: An upcoming Muslim superhero for Disney+ ?

/ 06:10 PM August 27, 2019
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Marvel has been breaking ground with its strong female characters in movies like “Captain Marvel” and the upcoming “Black Widow”, and now, a brand-new female superhero of Muslim faith may be featured in her own series on the Disney+ streaming platform, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the report, Marvel Studios is developing a storyline for a new superhero called “Ms. Marvel” for Disney+. Marvel has not yet confirmed it.

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While she is not the first female superhero, she will be the first of Muslim faith and one of the rare such characters to be represented in a positive manner.

Behind the character of Ms. Marvel hides Kamala Khan, an American 16-year-old from New Jersey. Hailing from a Muslim family of Pakistani origin, she’s a huge admirer of Carol Danvers, alias Captain Marvel. As she grows up and learns more about herself, she discovers she too has superpowers: she can change her appearance, lengthen her appendages and heal superhumanly fast.

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Disney is said to have signed British screenwriter Bisha K. Ali on to write and direct. Ali has notably worked on Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral” TV series for Hulu.

For the moment, there are no indicators of whether this new project will be part of the Marvel cinematic universe.

In the meantime, Disney+ will be offering four new series drawn from its “Avengers” franchise, with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan expected for the end of 2020; “Loki” with Tom Hiddleston for the beginning of 2021; “WandaVision” with Elizabeth Olsen for Spring 2021; and “Hawkeye” with Jeremy Renner expected at the end of 2021. JB

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