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Ms. Marvel Disney+: What We Know So Far

At long last, Ms. Marvel is getting her time in the limelight, set to grace the small screen in her own television series slated to premiere on the Disney+ streaming service. Marvel Studios confirmed the exciting news during the 2019 D23 Expo in August — subsequently releasing the series' official logo, fit with Ms. Marvel's signature lightning bolt insignia. 

Fans of the Kamala Khan iteration of Ms. Marvel, who assumed the superhero mantle from Carol Danvers after the high-flying heroine became Captain Marvel in 2013, have been eagerly anticipating word of a project featuring the feisty teen for years now. As the first Muslim character to headline her own Marvel Comics series, and as Pakistani American girl battling injustice in the form of no-good criminals and fighting against inequality on every front, Kamala Khan is a character of color who represents an entire community of people who haven't seen themselves on screen all that often. Her impending introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will break barriers and set new precedents — as well as blow us all away when we get to see Kamala discover her Inhuman genes and harness her shapeshifting abilities to become Ms. Marvel. 

Marvel and Disney+'s Ms. Marvel has all the makings of a superhero hit, and we've got you covered with everything you need to know about the upcoming series. 

What is Ms. Marvel's release date?

As of August 2019, Ms. Marvel is in its infancy, so no release date has been announced. Marvel Studios tends to play its cards close to its chest in that regard — opting to keep a tight lip on debut dates for the films that make up its multi-billion-dollar-franchise until it's absolutely necessary to reveal them — so it's not really surprising that the company didn't offer up at least a general window of time in which Ms. Marvel would drop on Disney+. You know what they say: there's no hype-builder quite like uncertainty. 

Ms. Marvel's release date may be a mystery for the time being, but thankfully fans aren't left without a clue as to when the show will air its first episode. Marvel has a handful of superhero series set up on Disney+, and each are currently pinned on the content calendar to a general period of time rather than a specific date. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is due out in fall 2020, both WandaVision and Loki are going to hit screens in the spring of 2021, What If...? will arrive in the summer of 2021, and Hawkeye is set to launch in fall 2021. It looks as though Marvel's Disney+ schedule is packed from late 2020 to late 2021, so there's a chance that Ms. Marvel won't drop on the streamer until sometime in 2022. However, given that WandaVision and Loki will debut during the same season, it's equally safe to assume that Ms. Marvel could premiere in tandem with one of the previously announced shows. 

Who is in the Ms. Marvel cast?

Over the years, there have been many suggestions as to who should take on the role of Ms. Marvel — with fans lobbying for Supergirl's Amy Jackson, The Mindy Project alum Sophia Taylor AliStranger Things season 2 standout Linnea Berthelsen, and The Good Place's GraceAnne Pullappally.

The Ms. Marvel gig is so coveted, in fact, that one actress had to come forward and address the social media campaign advocating for her to play the hero, which gained a ton of traction and international attention. Blockers breakout Geraldine Viswanathan told Variety in January 2019 that she'd be down for the job, but she believes that the Muslim and Pakistani American communities should have the final say on who portrays Ms. Marvel in a live-action capacity: "That would be sweet, but I don't think it's up to me. I think it's up to the community ... she's such an important character to that community, and I wouldn't want to impose myself on that, so I think I'm just, you know, whatever happens."

In September 2020, the announcement everyone was waiting for finally hit news headlines. Deadline confirmed on September 30 that newcomer Iman Vellani will lead Ms. Marvel as its titular hero. Per the outlet, Disney and Marvel Studios had planned from the start to "stay true to the character in finding the right actress to play the role, even if it meant offering a person that was not well known to the public."

As far as the rest of the Ms. Marvel series roster is concerned, the show will undoubtedly include Kamala's family (father Yusuf, mother Muneeba, and brother Amir), and could feature a few heroes and villains she has connections to

What's the plot of Ms. Marvel?

Like most superheroes who have made the leap from page to screen, Ms. Marvel will probably introduce herself in a way that longtime fans and total newbies alike can appreciate. That is to say that the Disney+ Ms. Marvel series is likely going to be an origin story — first chronicling the history of Kamala Khan's wild powers by explaining that she was born with Inhuman genes and, once her Inhumanity gets awakened, is able to stretch her limbs, change her appearance, and shape-shift. It's possible that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel will appear early on, when Ms. Marvel potentially depicts Kamala taking on the Ms. Marvel name in Carol Danvers' stead. Then, the action of Ms. Marvel could split its time between the mean streets of Jersey City that Kamala works tirelessly to protect using her "embiggening" power and her life at home. 

Given Ms. Marvel's history in the Marvel Comics lore, it's also plausible that her solo series could see her crossing paths with the likes of Amadues Cho (a.k.a. the Totally Awesome Hulk), Vision's daughter Viv, and an incarnation of the mutant Cyclops — three members of the Champions group that dedicates its time to helping those who can't help themselves. Viewers may also be in for some romance with Ms. Marvel, as Kamala has long been entangled in a will-they-won't-they web with her childhood friend Bruno Carrelli, the only person who knew she was Ms. Marvel. 

When does Ms. Marvel take place?

Since the Kamala Khan iteration of Ms. Marvel made her print debut just six years ago in August 2013's Captain Marvel #14, there's hardly a chance that Disney+'s Ms. Marvel will take place in the past. It's for that same reason that Ms. Marvel is almost guaranteed to be set after the events of the Infinity Saga, which formally ended with July 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home

Also feeding into that idea: the fact that Kamala Khan has close connections with Captain Marvel, who became an important force in the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Captain Marvel rescued Tony Stark and Nebula from imminent death in outer space, collaborated with the heroes who survived Thanos' Infinity War snap, and partnered up with the Avengers (both never-dusted and once-dusted) to defeat the Mad Titan for good at the end of the film. Spider-Man: Far From Home confirmed that the world knew Earth's Mightiest Heroes were responsible for reversing the snap (called "the Blip" by non-heroes), so there's a possibility that the MCU take on Kamala Khan learns of Captain Marvel by watching reports of the vigilantes saving the world — just like the kids at Midtown School of Science and Technology did in Far From Home.

After all, Marvel president Kevin Feige has said that the studio's Disney+ series are going to "intersect with the movies in a very big way." Perhaps Ms. Marvel will have strong ties to the last few flicks in Phase 3 of the MCU.

Is there a trailer for Ms. Marvel yet?

Without a cast in place, a story set up, or any additional details ironed out, Ms. Marvel doesn't have a trailer ... because there's nothing that can be turned into one at this time. However, at the 2020 Disney Investor Day event, Kevin Feige unveiled a clip that gives fans the first peek at Ms. Marvel. It isn't a teaser or a trailer or anything of the sort, more the visual and auditory equivalent of a few bites of an appetizer before a meal — but hey, it's something!

Ms. Marvel is stamped with question marks — not the least of which comes after the words "is there a Ms. Marvel trailer" — but there's one thing about the show that's abundantly clear. When Kamala Khan finally arrives on Disney+, she'll make her debut with honor, commitment, courage ... and all the other stuff.