Ms. Marvel directors, Adel Elaraby and Bilal Falah, delve into how and why the upcoming Disney+/Marvel Studios series will use animated scenes.
Mrs. Marvell Directors Adel Elaraby and Bilal Falah discuss how and why Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series blends animation and live action, something that was shown in the first trailer.
While speaking to Empire, Elaraby and Falah explained that they brought up the idea of using animation as a way to give life to the fantasies of series heroine Kamala Khan (Iman Vilani) to Marvel Studios. To the duo’s surprise, Marvel accepted the idea. “It was important for us to come directly into Kamala’s world and see it through her eyes,” Elaraby said. “It really shows that her head is in the clouds and she’s always fantasizing.”
Al-Arabi and Falah weren’t the only ones with ideas Mrs. Marvell. Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer Kevin Feige revealed that Vellani herself – who is also a huge Marvel fan – has some of her own ideas for the series, too. “[On set] [Iman] “She carries this Unabomber notebook with her everywhere, with her scribbles and ideas,” Feige said. Why don’t we want to hear it? Not only because she is starring, but because if she hadn’t starred, she would have commented on the online show. So it’s best to comment before the show ends, and try to incorporate the best of those ideas.”
It was also Fellaini’s admiration for Marvel that made her play the role of Kamala Khan, according to the character’s co-creator Sana Amanat. According to Amanat, Vellani showed off her adorable Marvel ensemble during her Zoom audition for the role and said the actor’s bedroom was “covered with Avengers.”
Fellaini also spoke about the significance of her role as the first Muslim superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “The fact that the show is being done and that they are including this character in the MCU is [what’s important],” she said in a 2021 interview. I don’t really have to get out of my way and talk about being Muslim and Pakistani – it all shows in the show. I see people like myself taking part in a big project like this, I think, inspiring enough.”
Ms. Marvel may also feature appearances from characters both familiar and new in the MCU, including appearances from Lockjaw of the Inhumans and even Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, although neither has been officially confirmed. Lockjaw’s appearance in the series was suggested by a leaked episode title called “Lockin’ Jaws,” while Captain Marvel’s appearance was apparently spoiled by a piece of merchandise associated with the series.
Ironically, while Kamala Khan is inhuman in Marvel Comics, she wouldn’t be inhuman in the MCU as featured in the series’ first trailer. However, Amanat defended the change saying it was “the right move because there are bigger stories. [in the Marvel Universe] Tells.”
Mrs. Marvell Premieres June 8 on Disney+.
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