Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Interview: Ms. Marvel

August 16, 2022 0 Comments

Ms. Marvel may be the latest MCU series streaming on Disney+, but it’s also part of something much bigger than affects more than fans of Marvel Studios. Not only is Kamala Khan (played with gumption by newcomer Iman Vellani) the first Pakistani Muslim superhero to grace the cinematic universe, her story also provides a rare opportunity for Western audiences to learn about South Asian history, and for Pakistani and Indian actors to come together to portray said history.,Ms. Marvel episode 4, directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (an Emmy and Oscar award-winning director, producer and journalist), sent Kamala to her hometown of Karachi in order to learn what secrets her grandmother can share about their ClanDestine lineage. There, she met fellow hero Red Dagger (played by Aramis Knight) and his mentor Waleed (Farhan Akhtar), and came across unexpected danger that will carry into this week’s episode as well.,Related: 2 Hidden Ms. Marvel Moments Perfectly Set Up MCU Phase 4 & 5,Screen Rant spoke to Obaid-Chinoy about what it meant to her to be part of bringing Karachi to life in Ms. Marvel, how actors and crew members of different cultural backgrounds came together, and what fans can expect from episode 5.,Screen Rant: What does it mean to direct for Ms. Marvel? How does it compare to anything you’ve done before? ,What excited you most when you got to set? Was there a detail that you really geeked out over?,Episodes 4 and 5 of Marvel shows are typically when things start to really pop off. What can you tease about episode 5?,You’ve pulled in some really great guest stars. One in episode 4, and I believe one in episode 5 that people are really excited for. Was that your doing, getting these actors to be a part of Ms. Marvel?,Speaking of which, when Ms. Marvel launched in the comic space, a lot of people walked into a comic book shop for the very first time just to get this comic just to be introduced to this character. What does it mean, knowing that when a character makes the jump to the screen, even more fans come in that may not have otherwise watched a Marvel show?,A great student, an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, she has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with super powers, right?,Check out our interviews with Ms. Marvel stars Iman Vellani, Mohan Kapur, Zenobia Shroff & Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Yasmeen Fletcher & Matt Lintz, Aramis Knight, Farhan Akhtar, and Travina Springer.,Next: Will The Kree Appear In Ms. Marvel?,Ms. Marvel releases new episodes on Disney+ every Wednesday.