Writer-actor Mindy Kaling has confirmed that she's spoken to Marvel about a Ms. Marvel movie. As Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws to a close with July's Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans are (fairly) wondering what comes next. Marvel Studios is currently working on a handful of movies for Phase 4, with the long-awaited Black Widow solo film expected to be first (or one of the first) out of the gate. They are also developing The Eternals, which would finally bring the characters to the big screen.
Of course, there are many, many other Marvel Comics superheroes who've yet to appear in a live-action MCU film. Among them are Kamala Khan, a character who debuted in 2013 and quickly went on to become a fan-favorite. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed the MCU will introduce Kamala (who fights crime under the superhero moniker Ms. Marvel) in the future, and indicated that plans are already in motion. Now, another creative has reiterated as much.
In a recent interview with MTV News for the comedy Late Night (which she wrote and costars in), Kaling said that she's talked to Marvel about a Ms. Marvel movie and told them she "would help in any way" with the project. As she later pointed out, she and several other Desi actor-filmmakers (like Rogue One's Riz Ahmed) have been particularly vocal in their support for bringing the Pakistani-American superhero to life in live-action.
For those who're unfamiliar: in the Marvel Comics universe, Kamala is a Muslim teenager from New Jersey who discovers she has super-powers thanks to her Inhuman genes. She thereafter takes on the mantle of Ms. Marvel, in honor of her idol Carol Danvers aka. Captain Marvel. Now that Carol has officially become part of the MCU, that opens the door for Kamala to follow suit in Phase 4 or beyond. The character has already appeared in the animated film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors and a couple of Marvel cartoon series, but has yet to make the leap to live-action. And while Kaling told MTV she feels the role "might need to be [played by] an unknown", there are currently some fan-choices in the mix. That includes Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), who previously confirmed she'd be more than game to play Ms. Marvel.
There are a few different options when it comes to introducing Kamala to the MCU at this stage. As Kaling noted to MTV, a live-action Ms. Marvel series on the upcoming Disney+ service is a real possibility. There's also the potential for Kamala to appear in Captain Marvel 2, which (it's safe to assume) will happen sooner than later. Kamala couldn't show up in Carol Danvers' origin story since it took place in the '90s (e.g. before Kamala would've been born in the MCU), but that shouldn't be a problem with the sequel... so long as it picks up in the present-day. As for Kaling: she would lend some authenticity to the MCU's first Desi superhero as a screenwriter and/or actor, so hopefully Marvel will actually take her up on her offer to help with Ms. Marvel.
Source: MTV News
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019