The Story of India-Pak Unity Behind Marvel’s First Muslim Superhero

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The Story of India-Pak Unity Behind Marvel’s First Muslim Superhero

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

While the pandemic has kept people across the world away from theatres, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to announce new titles for streaming platforms. One of the most anticipated series in this list is Ms Marvel, which is set to revolve around the life of superhero Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager with shapeshifting abilities.

Recently, the studio announced that it had assembled a team of expert filmmakers, many of whom are of South Asian descent, to be in charge of the production. Among the names announced were a documentary filmmaker of Pakistani origin — journalist and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy — and Indian-American director Meena Menon.

While Obaid-Chinoy is known for two Oscar-winning documentaries on violence against women in Pakistan, Menon is known for her 2013 film, Farah Goes Bang, as well as a number of television series, including Glow, and The Walking Dead.

The two accomplished filmmakers will be joined by writer Bisha K Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral), who will also serve as the showrunner. Other directors include Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who made the recent Bad Boys for Life.

A series on the life of Ms Marvel was announced in August last year to much hype from audiences, who can’t wait to see the studio’s first Muslim superhero in action. While an actor hasn’t been announced yet for the title role, the character was once voiced by Priyanka Chopra in an animated series, Marvel’s Avengers Academy.

Ms Marvel is only the latest in a long list of upcoming series announced by Disney+ and the studio. Other upcoming titles that have fans on the edge of their seat include “WandaVision”, “Loki”, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”, and “She-Hulk”. But, back home, it’s likely that all eyes will be peeled on screens to see the studio’s first Muslim superhero, Ms Marvel, in action.

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