Director Lexi Alexander Says Marvel Should Develop a MS. MARVEL Series Because She's Muslim-American
As you know, Marvel is exploding with awesomeness when it comes to their movies and most of their TV shows. Right now I'm loving what they are doing with Legion! That show is such an incredible and unique comic book-inspired series.
On top of that and all of their Netflix series, they are also currently developing an Inhumans series and another one that focuses on the mutants of X-Men. One series they are not working on is an adaptation of Ms. Marvel, and director Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone, Supergirl, Arrow) thinks now is the time to get on that.
For those of you not familiar with the current version of Ms. Marvel, she's a Muslim-American teenager living in New Jersey named Kamala Khan, who is a fan of superheroes like the Avengers and, more importantly, Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. She was such a big fan that she actually started writing online fan-fiction about the heroes. She got her shape-shifting powers after accidentally being exposed to the Terrigen Mist. After that, Kamala becomes the hero of her neighborhood in Jersey City and fights crime.
Alexander took to Twitter recently to share her thoughts on the character:
The fact that there is no Kamala Khan show being fast tracked into production is purely political.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 2, 2017
When it comes to her "purely political" statement, I think it's safe to say she's talking about Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who has been known to have issues in the past with bringing female superheroes to life. He's not involved with the Marvel movie decisions anymore, but he still has a say in what happens with the TV shows. Then, of course, there's the fact that the character is a Muslim-American, which is a hot topic of conversation these days. Alexander believes his personal political views could conflict with the development of a Ms. Marvel show.
We shouldn't be talking about any other Marvel character right now. You know I'm right. Don't @ me.— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) March 2, 2017
It could also be a great opportunity to represent a Muslim-American hero in a series that could help reinforce positive stereotypes. A Ms. Marvel series could also help show viewers what the Muslim culture is like.
Muslim-American politics aside, Ms. Marvel is a great character, and it would be awesome to see a series that focuses on her. My girls love Ms. Marvel, and if there was a show they would totally watch it. There aren't really any live-action Marvel series for kids, and this would be perfect! This could be a great opportunity for Marvel. It would be cool to see it happen one day.