Kamala Khan is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is likely to arrive sooner than later with the biggest questions being where she will debut and which actress will be playing the role of Ms. Marvel. Mindy Kaling, who’s eager to play any role in the character’s live-action future, has an answer for each.
“The people I’ve spoken to at Marvel about it are so excited about the character and I think that they’re trying to figure out what to do with it,” Kaling told MTV News during the junket for her new movie Late Night. “I told them I would help in any way because I truly love her. But they seemed really interested and I think they will probably do something.”
Kaling went on to discuss Marvel’s options for where to tell Ms. Marvel stories. “Now that there’s this streaming platform with them, it might be something like that, but I think they understand how much there is the excitement.”
When asked about casting, Kaling did not have any specific suggestion. A big casting call may be necessary. “I feel it might need to be an unknown,” she said. “Wouldn’t that be exciting?”
.@mindykaling on the conversations she's had with @MarvelStudios about #MsMarvel, and who she thinks she portray the Pakistani American superhero: "I feel it might need to be an unknown" pic.twitter.com/kySV3gxgec
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) June 9, 2019
It would certainly be exciting for any unknown actress who lands the role of Kamala Khan. It would also be exciting if Kaling is formally involved in whatever Marvel chooses to do with the character. As we found out last year, Kaling is a huge fan of Ms. Marvel.
Riz! I am obsessed with this comic book, I’ve read them all. I love Kamala Khan. https://t.co/f3PevhfUzv
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 16, 2018
After Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) suggested he, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kaling pen the Ms. Marvel screenplay for Marvel Studios, Kaling was quick to respond that she was in. Apparently, that was enough to at least get Kaling and Marvel talking. It may have also been the start of Nanjiani speaking with Marvel Studios and now he’s reportedly been cast in The Eternals (though there may not actually be a connection there).
Kaling did not specify whether she had spoken with Marvel Studios or Marvel Television, but it was likely the former. Marvel Studios was specifically tagged by Riz Ahmed to get this whole thing started and it is the only Marvel division confirmed to supply live-action content for Disney+. MTV News also mentioned in their social copy that Kaling was talking about Marvel Studios.
We know that Ms. Marvel is on the minds of everyone at Marvel Studios, as boss Kevin Feige confirmed last year. “We have plans for [Ms. Marvel] once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world,” Feige told the BBC. Captain Marvel has had her introduction via her solo film and Avengers: Endgame this year, so Kamala Khan can’t be far behind.
Carol Danvers herself, Brie Larson, is also eager to see Kamala Khan in the MCU. “My dream would be that Ms. Marvel gets to come into play in the sequel,” Larson said during a Captain Marvel press conference earlier this year.
Ms. Marvel absolutely deserves to be on the big screen. I have no doubt that Marvel Studios will put her there, but Disney+ is also a viable option to tell part of Kamala’s story, including her origin. A limited series of six to eight episodes would allow more time for viewers to see the daily life of the Pakistani American teenager. That’s part of what has made the Ms. Marvel comics so special.
It is understandable if anyone is concerned that Ms. Marvel will not be emphasized enough in the MCU if her stories are told on the small screen. There are, however, a couple of things to remember.
First, we have no idea where Ms. Marvel will actually appear in the MCU. Kaling, who’s not formally involved with the character at this time, merely mentioned Disney’s streaming service as an option. In no way is that a confirmation that Marvel Studios is leaning toward Disney+ for Kamala Khan.
Second, Kevin Feige has made it clear that Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series will factor directly into the stories told in feature films. This is not a Netflix/Marvel Television situation where characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage had to stay in their own little streaming corner. If Ms. Marvel appears on Disney+, she will also appear in movies.
What is most important is that Ms. Marvel’s stories start being told in the MCU and it seems we’re getting closer to seeing them.