Adding yet another feather to her cap, two-time Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who has made a name for herself while making Pakistan proud, is now all set to direct the next and much-anticipated series in the Marvel franchise. If this isn’t marvelous news, then nothing is!
Ms. Marvel will introduce the first ever Muslim superhero, that too female, to a super exciting Marvel universe that includes characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow and many more. Kamala Khan, a 16-year old Pakistani American teenage hero living in New Jersey, was co-created in 2012 by Sana Amanat.
Excitingly, Sharmeen will be working with the Disney+ series and will be joined by Bad Boys for Life directors Bilal Fallah and Adil El Arbi. Joining the directing team will be Meera Menon, who is known for her work in episodes of some famous TV series including The Punisher, and The Walking Dead.
With her extraordinary work in the documentary Saving Face, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani to bag an Oscar in 2012. Later in 2015, the super talented filmmaker won an Academy Award for her documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. She also created the animation, Sitara, Pakistan’s first and only Netflix original on the streaming service.
With SOC co-directing the next Marvel series, we can expect something really exciting coming our way, all with the confidence that the Muslim female superhero will not be misrepresented on the big screen.
Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan made her first appearance in the franchise around 2012 in a Captain Marvel comic book series. Kamala’s strength lies in her polymorphic powers, which she uses very well in combat, for the greater good of humanity. In 2014 she became the first Muslim character to be given her own comic book series.
Despite getting her comic book series, she didn’t garner much attention from the audience and was still one of the lesser-known Marvel superheroes. However, with the release of the recent Marvel Avengers game co-developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, we are sure that Ms. Marvel will do the character of Kamala Khan a world of good and she will garner a lot of attention from across the globe.