Superheroes are all the rage in Hollywood these days, from film to TV and beyond, but is there room for one more hero on the block? Is it time the TV world met Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan?
"Look, that's a character that has tremendous popularity and when that happens you know that I'm always looking around to see what we can do," Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, told E! News at the Jessica Jones premiere when asked if Ms. Marvel could be heading to TV anytime soon. "We love the character, and one never knows."
Created by G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker and Adrian Alphona, the teen hero is a Muslim Pakistani American with shape-shifting and healing abilities brought on by the Inhumans' Terrigen Mist. She took the Ms. Marvel moniker from Avenger Carol Danvers, who adopted the name Captain Marvel (the Captain Marvel movie is planned for 2019 after several delays), and protects the streets of her hometown, Jersey City. That is when she's not mixing up as one of the All-New All-Different Avengers. So why does she need her own show?
Following the rise of ISIS and the recent Paris terrorist attacks, there are some right-wingers calling for a ban on non-Christian refugees as a growing anti-Islam sentiment rises. Ms. Marvel is just what the doctor ordered. Her comic was met with much fanfare and continues to be a bright spot across all superhero titles.
So why a TV show? The TV landscape is full of comic book shows, but none that would have the fun and adventurous edge a Ms. Marvel show done right would have. The plucky teen hero from the comics is instantly relatable and already incredibly popular. While she is street-level, Ms. Marvel wouldn't be a gritty (and graphic) drama like Jessica Jones and Daredevil, that's not what Ms. Marvel is all about. Think something along the lines of Agent Carter: great action and character moments with a little personal drama mixed in to tie everything together. Not every superhero has math homework.