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A super-hero in high school with newfound abilities - Ms. Marvel

Marvel’s latest Disney+ Original series, Ms Marvel, has warmed hearts and is earning plaudits for its writing, visuals, and coming-of-age narrative about a superhero in high school coming to terms with her newfound abilities. 

  • Nikhil Kumar

Last Updated: 09.50 AM, Jun 15, 2022

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A super-hero in high school with newfound abilities - Ms. Marvel

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Welcome to yet another episode of OTTplay Now You Know, I'm your host Nikhil.

Marvel’s latest Disney+ Original series, Ms Marvel, has warmed hearts and is earning plaudits for its writing, visuals, and coming-of-age narrative about a superhero in high school coming to terms with her newfound abilities. The series stars Iman Vellani in the lead and is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. Let's check out some trivia from it.

  1. Star of the hit Netflix coming-of-age comedy series, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, was a fan favourite choice to essay the role of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. However, Ramakrishnan clarified that an actor with Pakistani heritage would be better suited for the role as she is a second-generation Sri Lankan/Canadian with Tamil heritage.
  2. In the comics, Kamala’s origin story is associated with the Terrigen Mist from the beings called the Inhumans. However, the negative reception and controversy of the ill-fated live-action TV series called the Inhumans, released in 2017, may have influenced the writers to sever any ties Ms Marvel may have with the Inhumans. Therefore, her powers and origin story for the film has been altered.
  3. Ms Marvel’s powers from the comic books are significantly different from the ones shown in the TV series. In the comics, she has super-healing abilities like Wolverine and Deadpool, metamorphic abilities like Reed Richards aka Mr Fantastic, and the ability to enlarge or shrink in size like Ant-Man. However, Marvel decided to give her cosmic powers instead, manifested through her family heirloom bracelet. It grants her powers very similar to DC superhero Green Lantern and the ring used by members of the Green Lantern Corps.
  4. Kamala Khan’s obsession with her favourite Avenger, Captain Marvel, is well documented in comics, video games, and the new TV series. In fact, Ms Marvel was originally the moniker for Carol Danvers who is now known as Captain Marvel, a role essayed by Brie Larson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But when Danvers became Captain Marvel, her biggest fan, Kamala Khan took over the mantle of Ms Marvel.
  5. It is also interesting to note that for several decades in the comics books and in several adaptations such as the ongoing acclaimed animated TV series, Young Justice, the DC character Shazam is actually called Captain Marvel. It wasn’t until recently, through video games such as Injustice and the Shazam live-action film did Captain Marvel change to Shazam. It could be a creative decision by Warner Brothers and DC to avoid any confusion with Marvel Comics’ Captain Marvel.
  6. Just like her character Kamala Khan, actress Iman Vellani is also a massive fan of comic books and the Avengers. Vellani also confessed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon that Ms Marvel is her favourite character and that she has previously cosplayed the character for Halloween long before she landed the role as Ms Marvel in the TV show.

Well that's the OTTplay Now You Know for today, until the next episode it's your host Nikhil signing out.

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  • Written by Ryan Gomez
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