It’s not unfair to say that the MCU has struggled with female representation in their movies. Ant Man and The Wasp, Black Panther and Captain Marvel aside they could do with some help.
Now we know there will be a Ms. Marvel series on Disney + here’s our picks for who we think should play the lead character.
First things first…
For those of you needing some background, we’re talking about the Kamala Khan version of Ms Marvel. Introduced to the comics in 2013 and getting her own series in 2014.
Kamala Khan is a teenage Muslim Pakistani American with shape shifting abilities and Inhuman genes. The first volume of Ms Marvel won a Hugo Award.
Where You’ve Seen Her – Some Girls, Doctor Who
Over the years Mandeep has become a recognised character actor over here in the UK. Appearing on a number of brilliant TV shows like Hospital People and in the film Finding Fatima she is just famous enough that audiences would recognise her but not really associating her with any other roles.
Where You’ve Seen Her – Doctor Who
Coming in at the end of what was a disappointing turn as The Doctor for Peter Capaldi was Pearl Mackie. A refreshing character, fantastic energy and a totally fresh face undoubtedly helped to make series 10 of Doctor Who considerably better.
The popularity of Doctor Who both in the UK and USA would make Pearl Mackie a strong choice for Ms Marvel but I’m guessing her lack of screen experience and incredibly strong accent may count against her.
Where You’ve Seen Her – GLOW
Sunita has played Arthie Premkumar a.k.a. Beirut the Mad Bomber in the Netflix show GLOW (Glorious Ladies of Wrestling). Showing her acting and physical abilities off in this series will go some way towards being able to see her as Ms Marvel.
She’s also young enough to convincingly play the part, the only things holding her back could be a lack of experience and the audience not knowing who she is.
Where You’ve Seen Her – The American Office, The Mindy Project
Cards on the table… I think Mindy Kailing is amazing. She’s a great actor, a fantastic writer, has great comic timing and her social media game is second to none. All those reasons alone means she deserves a spot on this list.
I’m not sure that she’s quite right for the role. There’s a part for her in it, I just can’t work out what it is. All I know is that she needs to be a part of the Ms Marvel film or TV show.
Where You’ve Seen Her – The Sarah Jane Adventures, Bodyguard
Anjli has recently enjoyed a turn in the critically acclaimed BBC show Bodyguard – so her stock is on the rise. She’s also a recognisable face from her time of Doctor Who spinoff – The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The Sarah Jane Adventures tragically ended too soon due to the untimely death of Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane-Smith) and I’ve always wanted to see more from all of the younger actors in the show. Anjli is around the right age to play Ms Marvel and, in my opinion, is another strong choice.