Marvel’s next Disney Plus series, Moon Knight, arrives later this month, but the MCU isn’t slowing down. On Tuesday, Marvel released the trailer for its next series, Ms. Marvel, and news of a prime summer release date.
Created by Bisha K. Ali, who previously worked on Loki and Netflix’s Sex Education, the show stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, the Pakistani-American teenager-turned-elastic superheroine named Ms. Marvel.
Kamala burst onto Marvel Comics pages in 2013 courtesy of Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona (with an instantly iconic costume designed by Jamie McKelvie). As Wilson put it to Polygon when Disney and Marvel first announced the series, Kamala is “a comic book fan within a comic book,” and it shows in the trailer. The first real look at the series vibes to The Weeknd’s “Blinding Light” as it introduces the many sides of Kamala, who deals with high school, crushes, her heritage, and, by the end, her budding powers.
“I think there’re some characters who are very much set up for the big screen; they’re very naturally sort of cinematic. But with Ms. Marvel, we really weren’t interested in creating something that had very obvious film potential,” Wilson told us in 2019. “I was really leaning — and I know Adrian [Alphona] and Takeshi [Miyazawa] and all of the artists as well — were really leaning into the comic book-ness of this character. She’s got very comic-booky powers. God bless them trying to bring that to live action.”
Ms. Marvel hits Disney Plus on June 8. And that won’t be the last we’ll see of Kamala, who will turn up in next February’s The Marvels.