Following next year’s Avengers 4, we don’t really know too much about where the MCU is headed. Sure, we have Captain Marvel, second and third installments of Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy on the way, and there is no way we’re not getting a second Black Panther (plus, hints that Chris Hemsworth may take up Stormbreaker for a fourth Thor), the next phase of Marvel films is largely a giant question mark. Yes, we love our Chrises, but there are a lot more stories to tell.
Since her first issue was in 2014, fans have been clamoring to see Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel in her own big screen adventure. Khan’s adventures have been a delight from the start: a Muslim Pakistani teenager who inherits the mantle of Ms. Marvel when Carol Danvers becomes Captain Marvel, Kamala has to juggle being a superhero who can shapeshift (thanks to some Inhumans genes) with her otherwise normal teenage life in New Jersey. Her entire series has been charming, funny, and exciting, and she would be an absolute delight to see brought to vivid life. In a recent BBC interview, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige paid lip service to the fans’ desire to see her onscreen, saying “Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we’ve introduced Captain Marvel to the world.”
“Definitely sort of in the works” isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, but there is still room to hope that Kamala will get her shot at a franchise. And if she does, your internet boyfriend Riz Ahmed wants to write it. In an absolutely charming series of tweets, Ahmed calls upon Mindy Kaling and Kumail Nanjiani to help him write it. Sign. Me. The. Fuck. Up. Also, now I desperately want to explore comic book stores with Mindy Kaling.
Riz! I am obsessed with this comic book, I’ve read them all. I love Kamala Khan. https://t.co/f3PevhfUzv— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 16, 2018
The women behind the comic book, G. Willow Wilson and Sana Amanat, gave their blessing, and Ahmed was quick to bring them into the fold. Seriously, Marvel. Don’t screw this up.
I may have fainted. 😍 https://t.co/OJd8MuOt4R— G. (@GWillowWilson) May 16, 2018
She’s incredible! Just want to support her any way I can!— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) May 16, 2018
We sooo appreciate it! If you’re in NY come to @marvel so we can show you what we have in store!— sana amanat (@MiniB622) May 16, 2018
As if this interaction could get any more delightful, The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil also threw her hat into the creative ring. Classic Tahani.
I can also do weekends! ❤️— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) May 16, 2018
NOT THAT WE CAN’T OR SHOULDN’T HAVE BOTH, we need a Ms. Marvel film more than we need a Black Widow film. We needed a Black Widow film about five years ago. Marvel may have whiffed that opportunity in a big way, but they have the chance going forward to highlight marginalized and essential voices like Kamala Khan’s. It’s way past time.