Creator Bisha K. Ali on This Post-Credit Surprise – Deadline

SPOILER ALERT: This article reveals the main plot points of the Disney+ finale Ms. Marvel.

The Disney+ miniseries Ms. Marvel ended Wednesday with a surprise post-credits scene that, while expected, was a lot of fun to watch unfold.

Bisha K. Ali
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But before all that, let’s return to the events of the episode, which saw Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) finally become the newly created titular superhero with a new costume and a global community ready to protect her from harm.

Becoming a superhero is no easy task, a fact we are reminded of watching Kamran (Rish Shah) try to figure out how his power works in the same way Kamala does at the start of the show. Luckily for him, he has Kamala by his side to guide him even when he becomes unstable after learning that his mother, Najma (Nimra Bucha), sacrificed her life so she could fly.

Should he continue the mission of the Clandestines to return home? Or will he embrace the present and fight for his place with his new gift?

Yes, Ms. Marvel follows the adventures of these seemingly ordinary teenagers whose lives are changed forever when they turn super, but the heart of this story is much more than that. It’s a story about the great things that happen in our lives when we embrace our ancestors and their lessons, when we’re true to ourselves above all else, and when we fight for the things that matter most. It is a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson

And there’s also this great bonus costume that goes perfectly with the magic bracelet that somehow materializes the Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in your room.

The finale ends with a title card that reads, “Ms. Marvel will return in Wonders.”

Ms. Marvel Creator Bisha K. Ali spoke with Deadline about the series which shows girls around the world, but especially Pakistani and Muslim girls, that they too can do amazing things if they follow their hearts.

DEADLINE: Ms. Marvel did such a great job of telling this superhero origin story that was both action-packed and heartwarming and culminated in this celebration of performance. How did you approach that as a writer?

BISHA K. ALI: I think from the beginning it was something that was close to my heart, certainly as I got into the project. I had this thing in my heart about the huge opportunity this is to celebrate each other and to show each other in our power, to show each other in our grace. I say us because it’s bigger than Kamala Khan. It’s about being celebrated by our community, being supported and loved by a family, and all of those pieces come together. I think that can be a strength even though historically it’s been shown as a weakness in the way our community is represented. It was all gearing up for this episode where she could find out who she was on the inside so she could “get hooked up”, essentially.

I was looking for a version of us that was celebrated, period. We say that at the beginning but in the end it’s not something in your mind – this idea that there are no such heroes. She is the hero and she is for all of us. It sat with us in the writers room the whole time. We wanted it to be big and we wanted it to be celebrated. We wanted everyone to want more of this kid. The future of the MCU is this kid. We are so lucky to be with her on this journey.

DEADLINE: It could have been a show about these teenagers and their supernatural abilities, but it’s more than that. His connection to his ancestors was his connection to his powers. Why did you choose to tell the story this way?

ALI: It could have been this story about Kamala and her friends hanging out and it could be wonderful, but I’m not the person to write this show. Throughout the show, we see this emotional maturity that she goes through because of what she learns about herself, and because of the role she plays in her own family. That’s the strength of this character. And I think what really sets her apart as an individual in the MCU as a whole is that she has this whole family that, in the end, is literally part of what she wears. His father gives him his name and his mother receives his costume.

I’m a big fan of symmetry. In episode 1 we see all of these things conflicting until the end of episode 6 where it’s the fundamental elements of what makes you special, what makes you Ms. Marvel and what makes you makes it unique in the MCU. So the idea of ​​pushing this family piece deeper was so vital to me personally and to the writers, that we’re getting deeper and deeper into its story because we’re looking inside. I wanted her to understand herself and her own family and fix what was passed on to her through intergenerational trauma. I wanted to show these four generations of women and show that they are his superpower.

DEADLINE: Regarding Kamran, do you think he will continue to try to return home or has he found a new one?

ALI: Much of the story of the Clandestines and the Red Daggers ended up being truncated, but hopefully Marvel decides to continue with it in the future. Regarding Kamran, my intention has always been for Kamala and his group of friends and the Red Daggers to become his community. He and Kareem (Aramis Knight) are Red Dagger. I see [Kareem and Kamran] become almost brothers in the future. So he finds a home here. I want to note that this is all Bisha canon and not Marvel, so it could all change, but my intention has always been for it to find a home here because of Kamala and all the people on the show.

There is no world that exists for me where Kamran becomes a villain. I will not write a young Muslim boy as a villain. But that’s not to say that someone else might want to go in that direction in the future.

DEADLINE: This post-credits scene was such a sweet surprise! Can you confirm if it was actually Carol Danvers that we saw or if Kamala somehow turned into her hero?

ALI: It’s Carol Danvers in Kamala’s room. What you see is exactly what you think you see. It’s her, there’s no magic in it. All I can say beyond that is enjoy the movie a year from now.

DEADLINE: As a fan, what was it like having Larson on the show?

ALI: I wasn’t there when it was shot but seeing it was amazing! Also, his new costume looks so good with the way it coordinates with Kamala. That was delicious! The joy I felt seeing her standing in Kamala’s room, I cannot describe. It was perfect. This is Kamala’s place of safety and this is where she expresses herself. So seeing Captain Marvel standing in that space, there’s so much joy in that scene.

DEADLINE: Is Carol Danvers’ appearance in Kamala’s room somehow related to Kamala’s DNA mutation?

ALI: Everything will be revealed in the film. I was excited to help set up all of these puzzles for you guys that will lead up to the movie where the story continues.

DEADLINE: What can you say about Kamala’s mutation?

ALI: As Bruno says, there is a mutation in his DNA. I think music cues have a lot to tell you about what’s to come. [Note: The music playing during that scene is the theme from the X-Men animated series from the 1990s. Ali would not elaborate further on the connection.]

DEADLINE: What can you share about how these ending beats set up the film?

ALI: No, not a single thing. What we gave you on the show is all you’re going to get.