Things could finally be looking up for Ms. Marvel fans.
Although we’ve all been starved for new content over these past few months as the Coronavirus crisis continues to delay the release of hotly-anticipated movies and Disney+ originals (the WandaVision and Eternals fans, in particular, are getting very hungry), it appears that Marvel Studios is finally getting back on its feet and beginning to rearrange its production schedule – hopefully for the last time – in order to resume work on their entire upcoming slate.
The Ms. Marvel series, while still a long way off, is now suspected to start filming later this year. It turns out we might be introduced to the series’ lead character before her show hits the Disney+ streaming platform.
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The new report from insider Charles Murphy states that, after what feels like a very long delay, Marvel plans to start filming Ms. Marvel in Atlanta this November, with production continuing throughout Winter and into March of 2021. If this is correct and Coronavirus doesn’t interfere once again, then Murphy extrapolates that we could conceivably soon see new production start dates for both the Hawkeye and Loki Disney+ series. It also means we can expect to see an actress cast in the lead role of Kamala Khan, the shapeshifting teenage superheroine who goes by the Ms. Marvel moniker in the comics, relatively soon.
But Murphy also points out that he believes the reason Marvel is eager to cast Kamala Khan sooner rather than later is because they intend to debut the fan-favorite character in another MCU film or Disney+ series before her own series.
SO WHERE WILL WE MEET MS. MARVEL?
If we can reasonably assume that the Ms. Marvel series is set to premiere sometime next year (which, to be honest, isn’t a lock just yet what with coronavirus still a very immediate threat all around the globe), then there are a few places where we might want to be on the lookout for Khan’s arrival before then. Black Widow and The Eternals are probably off the table, since both films are mostly complete at this point and neither seems like a very good place to try and fit a Kamala Khan cameo. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, currently set for May 2021, doesn’t seem like it would have room for her either.
Over on Disney+, there’s WandaVision, one of the streaming service’s most anticipated releases amongst fans, and that series is going to be playing around with the maddening multiverse, allowing it to do basically anything the showrunners and Marvel want – which could include a Kamala Khan cameo; The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and Loki don’t have any release dates set in stone just yet, but the former still has a chance of premiering before the year’s end, and the latter might be ready for Spring 2021, about the same time Ms. Marvel could be wrapping up production in Atlanta.
Loki, however, does appear to deal more with the cosmic corners of the MCU, while The Falcon And The Winter Soldier seems to be going for a slightly gritty, realistic tone – Ms. Marvel, a zany young heroine whose powers include the ability to stretch herself like a human rubber band, might not be a good fit there.
There is one other Marvel film currently set for 2021. Spider-Man 3 might not have a hard time finding ways to introduce Kamala Khan organically into the story – like the MCU’s Peter Parker, Kamala is a teenager living in the general New York City area. It’s still a bit of a stretch, but it probably makes more sense than her randomly coming in contact with an Asgardian deity or rogue sorceress. The two characters could definitely bump into each other, especially if Peter Parker is on the run after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home and needs to find shelter. Her unusual powers would also fit more comfortably with the Spider-Man franchise’s fun, eccentric vibe than with other Marvel properties.
The obvious downside to this theory would be that Spider-Man 3 is set for a November 2021 release date, meaning that we’d have another long wait on our hands. But then again, we’ve all grown used to waiting for things during quarantine, and besides, Ms. Marvel will be a special-effects heavy series (Kamala Khan’s elasticity won’t be cheap or easy to translate from comic book page to TV screen) which probably requires a lot of post-production: there was always going to be a long wait, no matter what happened.
But what do you think? Where would you like to see Kamala Khan make her debut, and are you excited for the Ms. Marvel series? How long are your prepared to wait? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Source: Murphy’s Multiverse