The internet had a field day on the ninth eve of March this year, when swarms of people took an issue with this year’s smash hit and over a billion dollar grosser, ‘Captain Marvel’, blasting it with negative reviews in the user section of Rotten Tomatoes. The critics had, as always maintained an immensely positive stance over another MCU release, but Rotten Tomatoes had to resort to deleting close to 35,000 negative user reviews, of course assuming that all of them were from trolls trying to bring down the film, which in my opinion too was an incredibly mediocre outing.
Despite the internet circus that followed and surrounded this film, not one being could stop the film from smashing records and bringing in $1.1 Billion in worldwide collections, establishing Carol Danvers as one of the canon MCU properties and one of the frontrunners when it came to leading the Avengers and the MCU after most of its Phase I players retired. A sequel was thereby inevitable, one that is from the beginning touted to be a prime Marvel property, and with an expanding universe, comes the responsibility of keeping it going. Enter Danvers’ close aide and a true fangirl, Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan.
There is a number of things that the show could mean for the now changed universe of Marvel films post ‘Avengers: Endgame’, given all the new characters Marvel is investing in, and the old ones, all of whom will now have solo outings either as films or TV series. Among those, where ‘Ms. Marvel’ would sit in the canon is something we would explore in the sections ahead. Read on.
Ms. Marvel Plot: What Is It About?
The most important piece of news accompanying the announcement of the TV series is that the events of Ms. Marvel’s solo outing will directly tie into the happenings of ‘Captain Marvel 2’, that was recently confirmed to be in the works at the D23 expo. So, before delving into the basis of the series, it would serve us well if delve a bit into the fictional character biography of Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, which I believe is also going to be a high selling point for the show.
All that said, Kevin Feige, who will indubitably produce the series, has confirmed that the series will be a standalone story first with only tie-ins to the ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel. The degree of plot dependence though is something that will certainly be more from Marvel’s non canon shows, including ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’, that were only minimally connected to the films. In short, Disney is making all the efforts in a bid to make sure that you subscribe to Disney+ and watch the shows in there, lest you be walking in clueless into any of the Phase IV films in the theatre.
Coming to the character, Ms. Marvel, as a mantle, was earlier held by none other than Carol Danvers herself in the comics. Kamala Khan is currently the fourth in line to hold that moniker, and also the youngest. Her fictional biography dictates that she is a Pakistani American residing in New Jersey, and a huge Captain Marvel fan, which is what she based her superhero alter ego’s name on. She has worked with Danvers on a number of occasions despite being quite young in the roster (her first standalone issue was no later than 2014), and thus has Danvers’ approval with the name.