With The Marvels set to arrive in theaters this November, Disney is giving a wide swath of television viewers a chance to familiarize themselves with one of the film's main characters. The Disney+ Original series Ms. Marvel is headed to broadcast television this August.
The entirety of the Ms. Marvel series will air across two nights on ABC. On Saturday, August 5, the first three episodes of the season will air followed by the final three episodes the next weekend on Saturday, August 12. The three-hour timeslot will run from 8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT.
Ms. Marvel follows the adventures of high-schooler Kamala Khan, an avid gamer and Super Hero mega fan who idolizes Captain Marvel. As a Muslim American teenager, Kamala Khan struggles to fit in both at school and at home — that is until she develops powers of her own.
The series received generally positive reviews both for its creative visual style and the performance of actress Iman Vellani. Admittedly, I felt it was a bit too teenager-ish for me and gave up after the second episode. I might give it another whirl though, especially as Khan play a pivotal role in the upcoming movie, The Marvels.
With Disney's blockbusters struggling to find the pre-pandemic box office success, perhaps Disney is hoping that by broadcasting Ms. Marvel on ABC, it will find a larger audience and could potentially gain new fans who would then be excited to see The Marvels.
Marvel has been in a bit of a rut of late. Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 did good numbers at the box office, many of the studio's recent projects have been a miss with both critics and fans alike. Since the epic finale in Avengers: Endgame, the MCU has seemingly had a hard time establishing its new footing.
With all the different television series and movies coming out, it almost feels like Marvel overload with no clear direction forward.