Marvel Studios’ new original series “Ms. Marvel” will hold a unique theatrical screening in Pakistan next month. The initiative is being spearheaded through licensee company HKC Entertainment.
The decision to give the series a theatrical trip reflects several factors, including the show’s status as the first Marvel series to feature a Muslim teenage superhero, as well as the neglect of Pakistan in Walt Disney’s launch of Disney+, its direct-to-consumer streaming platform. Other factors include the Eid-al-Fitr holidays as the pinnacle of cinema and the underlying growth of the country’s cinema market; here “Spider-Man: No Home has recently made nearly $1.75 million from just 53 venues.
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“Miss. Marvel” will be available on the Disney+ streaming service from June 8, 2022. It will be released in Pakistani cinemas on June 16, combining episodes 1 and 2 in a feature-length rollout. Episodes 3 and 4 will be similarly combined, and June 30 Episodes 5 and 6 will air on July 14.
“The series is a wonderful celebration of Pakistani art, culture and talent as there is such a diverse cast from Pakistani creators. “We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday gift from this big announcement,” said HKC Entertainment CEO Hammad Chaudhry.
The lead role of the show is played by Pakistani-American young Iman Vellani. The franchise had its origins in 2013 when Marvel Comics introduced Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who idolized Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel. In 2014, Kamala had superhuman abilities, her own solo series, and her own superhero alias.
Vellani, who won the title role after an extensive search by Marvel Studios, is currently absent from social media, but has included a video greeting and Pakistani theatrical announcement in a revised two-minute trailer. Vellani is joined by new face Saagar Shaikh as his older brother Aamir, Mohan Kapur (Disney Plus Hotstar drama “Crime Next Door”) and Zenobia Shroff (“The Big Sick”). Matt Lintz (“The Walking Dead”) plays his best friend Bruno and Aramis Knight (“Into the Badlands”) the vigilante known as Red Dagger.
Filming moved to Thailand after a while in Georgia, US Production in Thailand was briefly interrupted by a COVID-19 flare-up that caused city and state governors to impose severe new restrictions and curfews in the evening. However, it was able to continue until April and early May 2021 and was completed on schedule.
Bisha K. Ali serves as writer and showrunner, and four directors are affiliated: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Adil El Arbi, Billal Fallah, and Meera Menon.
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