Sadiq Khan (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK)
Last night Disney+ and Marvel Studios held a special screening of Ms Marvel to celebrate stories and storytellers who reflect the rich diversity of our world. The screening was attended and introduced by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and hosted by Deana Hassanein ahead of its debut on Disney+ from today, June 8. The event was held at the Rich Mix Cinema, London, UK.
The event was also attended by Justine Simons OBE, the Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, and Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, the Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice. Over 100 VIP guests also included British Muslim world champion kickboxer and best-selling author Ruqsana Begum, leading Pakistani bloggers Pakistan Street Style and Annam Ahmad, Sky News presenter Saima Mohsin and British Asian actress Nikkita Chaddha, who featured in Marvel Studios’ Eternals.
In attendance were guests and representatives from community groups and charities from organisations such as London Screen Academy, Mama Youth, the British Pakistan Foundation, Muslim Sisterhood Collective, North London Muslim Community Centre, the British Asian Trust, UK Muslim Film Council, Amal, SOAS Pakistan Society, and charity UBELE.
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 megafan 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 stars Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Fawad Khan, Laurel Marsden, Arian Moayed, Adaku Ononogbo, Alysia Reiner, Azhar Usman, Laith Nakli, Nimra Bucha, Travina Springer, with Aramis Knight. Episodes 1 and 6 are directed by Adil & Bilall, Episodes 1 and 3 by Meera Menon, with 4 and 5 by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Headwriter for the series is Bisha K. Ali, and executive producers include Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Adil & Bilall, Bisha K. Ali, and Sana Amanat.
Marvel Studios’ Original Series Ms Marvel debuts exclusively on Disney+ beginning June 8.