The new Ms. Marvel, a.k.a. Kamala Khan, has proven to be a popular character for Marvel Comics since being introduced in 2013 in the pages of G. Willow Wilson and Sana Amanat‘s run on Captain Marvel. A few months later, Khan became the first Muslim character to have her very own comic book (rebooted with a new #1 in March), and she’s been a popular member of Champions and the Marvel Rising comics as well.
For the past few years, many wondered when Marvel Studios would bring Kamala over to the MCU to the point where a fan made a short film featuring Ms. Marvel. Roughly a year ago, Marvel Studios Prez Kevin Feige even said that Ms. Marvel is a priority to bring to the screen after Captain Marvel, which proved to be a bigger hit than anyone imagined.
Last week, Mindy Kaling was out and about doing press for her new movie Late Night, co-starring Emma Thompson, and MTV News vet Josh Horowitz asked about her talks with Marvel Studios on the character.
After explaining who the character was to her co-star, she said that the people she has spoken to at Marvel are very excited about Ms. Marvel, and they’re trying to figure out what to do with her. “I told them I would help in any way, because I truly love her,” she told Horowitz when asked if the possibilities of an MCU Ms. Marvel was real. Kaling says that Marvel understands the excitement to have a Muslim character in the MCU although there’s a chance Disney/Marvel might start her off on a Disney+ streaming series rather than throwing her right into her own movie.
Although Kaling may be a little old to play the teenaged Khan, she now has a number of writing and producing credits under her belt that would make her the ideal person to have involved with any movie or television series involving Khan. She thinks that the actor who plays Khan may need to be an unknown that they find to play her.
You can watch the actual interview below. Tell us in the comments what you think of Mindy Kaling being involved with bringing Ms. Marvel to the screen.
.@mindykaling on the conversations she's had with @MarvelStudios about #MsMarvel, and who she thinks she portray the Pakistani American superhero: "I feel it might need to be an unknown" pic.twitter.com/kySV3gxgec
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) June 9, 2019