Ms. Marvel recently reached its conclusion on Disney Plus, but left fans with a tease of things to come, which series producer Bisha K. Ali recently spoke about.
MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE MS. MARVEL FINALE FOLLOW!
Many fans had been expecting Ms. Marvel to feature Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers as a supporting cast member, or at least in a sizeable cameo role. However, ultimately, Larson’s role in the series was confined to a brief appearance in the final episode’s post-credits scene.
The scene in question sees Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan suddenly disappearing, only to be replaced by her hero, Captain Marvel. Bisha K. Ali has talked about the scene’s significance and revealed this wasn’t always the plan for Carol Danvers’ role in Ms. Marvel.
Kamala Khan Meets Carol Danvers
When she was first introduced in Marvel comics, shortly after gaining her powers, Kamala found herself shapeshifting to take on Captain Marvel’s appearance. In a recent interview with Variety, Bisha K. Ali verified this is not what viewers are seeing happen in Ms. Marvel.
Talking about the new direction that Ms. Marvel is taking Iman Vellani’s version of Kamala Khan, Bisha K. Ali confirmed:
“Correct. It’s an important distinction, just because in the comic books, that’s something that [Kamala] does — she can change the way she looks, and she looks like Carol Danvers in Issue 1 of the comic book. She’s not turning into Carol [on the show]. That’s Carol Danvers standing in Kamala’s bedroom.”
Ali was also asked about whether there had ever been any plans for Captain Marvel to appear earlier on in the series. She confirmed that this had been considered, but ultimately it was decided that the series needed to focus on Kamala going on her own journey to become Ms. Marvel before she met Carol.
Talking about the importance of focusing on Iman Vellani’s Kamala and her world in the Disney Plus series, the Ms. Marvel producer explained:
“Certainly at the very, very, very beginning, way back when, [Carol Danvers appearing earlier] was part of the conversation. The more I kind of dug deeper into what I wanted to say with the show and what I wanted to her to go through, it really had to be about her and her community, her family and her friends. So Carol’s meeting up with her after this journey that she’d been through in the season.”
Teasing Kamala’s first meeting with Carol Danvers in the upcoming film The Marvels, Bisha K. Ali gave a hint of what fans can expect from their interactions and why the characters’ first meeting should be saved for that film:
“So I think it would have really taken it off in a different direction if she’d met [Carol] any sooner than she will meet her, which is in the movie that’s coming out next year. She’s still gonna be so excited and just so happy to meet, when they finally do get to meet. But in this journey, in this character arc, it felt really important, actually, that they didn’t meet.”
It sounds like fans can look forward to Kamala finally getting to meet her hero and geeking out over it when she encounters Captain Marvel properly in The Marvels. The decision to save this encounter for the film certainly didn’t harm the Ms. Marvel series, which is now Marvel’s highest-rated release ever on Rotten Tomatoes.
Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?
The series stars Iman Vellani, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, and Farhan Akhtar. Episodes of the series were directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with Bisha K. Ali serving as the head writer. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is involved in the series as an executive producer.
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