The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets a little bigger with the arrival of Ms. Marvel, a brand new hero and Disney Plus/Marvel original series.
Disney Plus has been the exclusive home for a number of new and continuing MCU stories like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye and Moon Knight. Disney Plus is also now the home of The Defenders original series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher), which originally aired on Netflix.
As Ms. Marvel joins the ranks, actress Iman Vellani recently teased her character's exciting future in the MCU. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, here is everything you need to know about the TV show.
When is the next Ms. Marvel episode?
Ms. Marvel premiered with one episode on Disney Plus on Wednesday, June 8. The remaining five episodes of the season become available to stream on each of the following Wednesdays. The season finale premieres on Wednesday, July 13.
Below we've provided an episode guide to the season that we will update as the information is released.
By the way, check out why fans are calling Ms. Marvel the most relatable Marvel superhero.
Episode 1: "Generation Why"
"Kamala Khan attends Avengercon only to discover that she herself might have superpowers."
Episode 2: "Crushed"
"Kamala and Bruno explore the source of her newfound powers just in time for a perilous adventure."
Episode 3: “Destined”
Ahead of Aamir’s wedding, Kamala may face grave consequences due to a crucial decision she makes.
On a side note, have you wondered how much actress Iman Vellani shares in common with her character Ms. Marvel? Well, read for yourself what she says about it.
Episode 4: "Seeing Red"
Kamala travels around the world to solve the mystery of the bangle and her family's history.
Oh, and it looks like fans of the show couldn't stop talking about a few sequences in episode 3.
Episode 5: "Time and Again"
"The bangle reveals to Kamala secrets about her family lineage, as well as the truth behind the Veil."
By the way, find out why Ms. Marvel fans were so emotional after episode 4.
Episode 6: “No Normal”
"Back in Jersey, Kamala fights to save her friends from the clutches of Damage Control."
What is the Ms. Marvel plot?
Ms. Marvel serves as an origin story for Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, who has been a popular comic book character but is making her first appearance in the MCU with this TV series. Here is the official plot of Ms. Marvel from Disney Plus:
"Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega-fan with an oversized imagination — particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right?"
Ms. Marvel trailer
As Disney Plus continued to build the anticipation for Ms. Marvel's premiere, they released a teaser titled "Courage" on May 29. In the clip, viewers get to see a little more of her power on display.
Disney Plus released the first Ms. Marvel trailer on March 15. In it fans got their first peek at Kamala Khan as she dreams of being a superhero and ultimately gets the chance to make that dream come true. Give the Ms. Marvel trailer a watch directly below.
A sizzle reel for Ms. Marvel, which gave a brief preview of the character from the producers and creators and some early footage was released in December 2020.
Who is in the Ms. Marvel cast?
Headlining Ms. Marvel is Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel herself. Vellani is a newcomer, with Ms. Marvel being her first credit, per IMDb. This is just the first step for Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, as the actress and character are set to jump from the Disney Plus series to the big screen in The Marvels, the sequel to Captain Marvel.
Vellani is the first Muslim superhero in the MCU, a milestone for the franchise. In a Variety feature, she explained even with that fact she doesn’t feel any extra pressure. "I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani — it all comes out in the show. People seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough."
By the way, read for yourself why Vellani feels she was always destined to play a superhero.
The rest of the Ms. Marvel cast includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha. Deadline also reported recently that Anjali Bhimani would be part of the cast in a recurring role.
Absent from Disney’s cast lists is Fawad Khan, though the actor has confirmed in interviews that he will be part of the series.
Finally, with Ms. Marvel helping to lead into The Marvels, fans will probably be itching to see whether Brie Larson's Catpain Marvel of Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau makes an appearance in the show. Disney has not given any hints, however, that either would appear.
Who is Ms. Marvel and what are her powers?
Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is one of the newer Marvel superheroes, making her first comic book appearance in 2014. In the comics, Kamala Khan is a Pakistani American growing up in Jersey City who looks up to superheroes like Captain Marvel, which are key characteristics that the Ms. Marvel TV show appears to follow.
Kamala Khan becomes Ms. Marvel in the comics when a mysterious mist awakens latent powers within her, which include the ability to alter her size and shape. So far, it seems that in the MCU she got her powers from bracelets sent to her from her mysterious grandmother. By and large, her powers in the MCU differ from the comics in that they have more to do with her manipulating the energy around her. She's able to create shields, shoot blasts and more.
How to watch Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel plays exclusively on Disney Plus, so a Disney Plus subscription is required to watch it. Disney Plus is available as a standalone service (with monthly or yearly commitments) or there is the Disney Bundle option, which combines Disney Plus with ESPN Plus and Hulu for a single monthly fee.
In a really cool bit of news, Variety has reported that Ms. Marvel is getting a theatrical release in Pakistan in June, as Disney Plus is not currently available in the country. Per Variety, the episodes will be packaged together in pairs, with episode 1 and 2 releasing on June 16, episodes 3 and 4 on June 30 and episodes 5 and 6 on July 14.
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.