‘Ms. Marvel’ Will Become a Movie Trilogy of Sorts During Its Release in Pakistan

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have gotten a ton of new content in Phase Four. Since kicking off with WandaVision in 2021, the MCU has released six seasons of television on Disney+ and five feature films. Now despite some mild controversy among fans, the seventh MCU Disney+ series, Ms. Marvel, has taken a much different release strategy in Pakistan.

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel.
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan | Marvel Studios

‘Ms. Marvel’ marks a huge step forward for the MCU

Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen who admires the Avengers. In particular, Kamala is a fan of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). So, after she develops superpowers of her own, it stands to reason she would honor her favorite hero in her own moniker. In this way, Ms. Marvel marks the MCU’s biggest step into self-awareness.

Sure, Hawkeye’s Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) was inspired by Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner). But Kamala is a full-on Avengers cosplayer on Ms. Marvel, giving MCU fans more representation in the franchise itself than ever before. Of course, the fact that Kamala Khan’s family is not only from Pakistan but also Muslim is an important step forward for the MCU too. 

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The Disney+ series will release as a movie trilogy

Unfortunately, MCU fans in Pakistan don’t have the opportunity to see Ms. Marvel on Disney+, as the streaming service is not available in the country. However, they will still be able to see Kamala Khan’s story play out but in a very different way than the rest of the world. As series director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy announced on Instagram, Ms. Marvel is actually hitting theaters in Pakistan.

But because the show runs for six episodes, Ms. Marvel’s theatrical release will see the Disney+ series divided into three two-episode chunks. According to Collider, the series’ first two episodes arrive in Pakistani theaters on June 16, followed by episodes 3 and 4 on June 30, and the final two on July 14. This schedule neatly fits with the episodes’ release on Disney+, ensuring that plot details remain secret until everyone can see it.

Iman Vellani co-stars in the ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel

From a business standpoint, Disney’s decision to release Ms. Marvel in Pakistani theaters is a smart one. After all, it encourages MCU fans to make three separate trips to the theater to see Kamala Khan’s story play out. But by the same token, it also gives Vellani the the grand debut she deserves as the MCU’s first leading Pakistani hero.

And since the actor reprises her role in 2023’s The Marvels, it seems she’ll have a very pivotal role as Phase Four of the MCU plays out. The Marvels serves as a sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel. But much like WandaVision leads into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ms. Marvel could queue up the story at the center of The Marvels, which hits theaters on July 28, 2023. 
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