Ms. Marvel Director Reveals Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Connection


Ms. Marvel is set to debut on Disney+, and fans of the character can’t wait. In recent years, Kamala Kahn has become a darling of the comedy community, bringing her youthful superfan energy and diverse heritage to a medium that had been so absent of such elements until then. In her MCU streaming series, Kamala will be played by Iman Vellani, a Marvel Studios mega-enthusiast in her own right.

The Ms. Marvel The comic was such a breath of fresh air for many when it hit stores in 2014. The book offered fans a chance to see themselves in this superpowered universe, while also showing what it’s like. to grow as a first generation. immigrant.

Ms. Marvel

The upcoming Kamala-centric MCU series will incorporate all of these elements into its six-episode run. Something entirely new to the show, however, is an effort to incorporate animated elements and splashes akin to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Early reviews of the project praised these little flourishes, and Ms. Marvel’The makers have spoken out on these specific elements before the debut of its first episode.

A splash of color for Ms. Marvel

At a recent press conference for the next Ms. Marvel series, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah addressed the show’s distinct style.

Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse text comic
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

El Arbi said the animated flourishes were trying to “find a way to translate his imagination and fantasy worlds in a cool way.” He expressed that the team was nervous to go to Kevin Feige and Marvel with this idea as “it’s different from other MCU shows,” but after some explanation on Into the Spider-Verse-connected concept, said Feige “it’s true to the story and the character, [so] let’s do it:”

“Well, I guess it’s about the animation. For us, we always wanted to find a way to translate his imagination and fantasy worlds in a cool way. That’s where we got the idea to inject this aspect of animation into it. But we were a little afraid that Kevin and the rest of Marvel would say no because it’s different from other MCU series. So we did a whole presentation with videos and all that explaining why it was important to have those footage. And, surprisingly, he said yes! He said, ‘Don’t overdo it, don’t do it every five seconds, but it’s true to history and to the character, let’s go’. That’s how we got that style. It’s also very inspired by Into the Spider-Verse, so thank you Kevin for letting us do that.”

Ms. Marvel Text Comic
Ms. Marvel

Looking closer why exactly these spider worms-esque elements were introduced, said El Arbi Deadline that they “wanted to have an endearing and charming character” who “Muslim girls around the world can identify with:”

“We needed to set it up well. That’s why we wanted to add animation to it. It wasn’t in the script, we wanted to get into his head, into his fantasy. We wanted to have an endearing character. and charming. And having someone that Muslim girls around the world can relate to, but also tell this universal story that everyone can feel a connection to.”

A must-have inspiration for the MCU

When it comes to these young superheroes (i.e. Peter Parker, America Chavez, and Kamala Khan), that wonderfully youthful imagination is one of the most endearing parts of the character. While other names in the MCU have yet to personify this active screen imagination, Ms. Marvel will change that. And what better character to start something like that with.

At this point in the MCU, it becomes increasingly difficult to create something that feels distinct, but is also part of the larger universe. Staying true to the character that each project draws inspiration from is where the differences start to show. With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier fans have an international spy thriller, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness offered a glimpse of an MCU horror movie, and Ms. Marvel is going to be a “cheesy” coming-of-age comedy. Each of these titles offers different experiences based on what makes each character special.

And that’s where the unique style of Ms. Marvel kicks in. Since its titular hero is a young Avengers super-fan with an overactive imagination, audiences are going to be taken right into his brain, seeing the world as they see it. It’s a style that worked so well in an equally young project in Into the Spider-Verse, and it seems to work just as well here.

Ms. Marvel debuts on Disney+ on June 8.


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