Riz Ahmed has announced his interest in writing the screenplay for Marvel’s potential Ms. Marvel film.
Kevin Feige teased last week that there are plans in place for Kamala Khan to join the MCU, and fans have already begun to speculate on what her arrival in the franchise could look like. A Pakistani-American teen from Jersey City, New Jersey, Kamala Khan was the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic. Like many in the comics, Khan is an Inhuman, who assumed the identity Ms. Marvel, from her idol Carol Danvers after Danvers officially became Captain Marvel.
A lot of Khan’s story centres around her identity as a Muslim, and her adventures often explore not just conflict with an antagonist, but how her identity as a superhero could clash with her home life and religion. It’s key that whoever takes on this project is able to properly balance the delicate social and political themes of Khan’s story with the playfulness we see in similar teenage heroes, like Spider-Man.
Taking to Twitter, Ahmed asked Marvel Studios when they wanted him, Mindy Kaling, and Kumail Nanjiani to begin working on the script for Ms. Marvel. Fans were quick to praise the idea, so when Kaling replied by saying how much of a fan she is on the comics, it only made for more excitement – however, there’s no word yet from Nanjiani or Marvel Studios:
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) May 16, 2018
Riz! I am obsessed with this comic book, I’ve read them all. I love Kamala Khan. https://t.co/f3PevhfUzv
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 16, 2018
All three have had success both behind the camera and in front of it, with Ahmed having written and directed 2014 short, Daytimer, Kaling writing countless episodes of The Office (US) in which she also starred, as well as being a New York Times best-selling author. Perhaps most notably of the trio, Nanjiani found recent success with the Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick, which he wrote with wife Emily V. Gordon. However, more than this writing success, sharing a similar cultural background to the character puts the trio in the right position to be able to craft a more authentic film than many other writers might achieve.
It is important to note, however, that while Kevin Feige said that Marvel Studios had plans for Ms. Marvel, he did not confirm any plans for a solo film, but we will likely get a clearer picture of where Khan will fit into the MCU when their mysterious Phase 4 plans are revealed.