Oscar-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy to helm Marvel project

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the recipient of multiple Oscar and Emmy wins, the most for a Pakistani and this will be her first venture into scripted fare.

Marvel hires Sharmeen

Marvel has quickly proven that it is going all out to ensure that its upcoming slate of projects is as diverse as possible. In fact, the studio’s latest decision has proven that they also want to make sure that they diversify their projects with the right people. Take the upcoming Ms. Marvel show, centered on a young Pakistani-American teenager, Kamala Khan, which is to be directed by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy among a slate of other talented directors.

Ms. Marvel’s Dream Team

Just a day after it unvieled that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany would play the titular character in the upcoming Disney+ show She-Hulk, the mouse house has also unveiled the list of directors for the new Kamala Khan show. This includes Obaid-Chinoy who will direct a few episodes for the new show.

Joining her is Bad Boys for Life breakout director duo Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah who currently have the biggest Hollywood film of the year with the Will Smith Bad Boys film grossing almost $500 million dollars worldwide. The duo are also attached to Netflix’s Beverly Hills Cop 4, to star Eddie Murphy, as well as the Muslim family drama Rebel.

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Also in the mix is  Meera Menon, whose credits include episodes of The Walking Dead, The Punisher, Titans, Dirty John, and Outlander. She has also directed episodes of Netflix’s hit You and Apple TV’s space drama For All Mankind. She has also directed film’s Equity (which was featured at Sundance) and Farah Goes Bang.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the recipient of multiple Oscar and Emmy wins, the most for a Pakistani and this will be her first venture into scripted fare. She has previously won awards for documentaries A Girl In The River, The Price of Forgiveness, Saving Face, Pakistan’s Taliban Generation and Frontline/World.

Ms. Marvel is amongt the slew of upcoming Disney+ shows that will be set in the MCU- Marvel’s film world and feature actors portraying their characters from their perspective Marvel films in these shows. Ms. Marvel, like upcoming series She-Hulk, Wanda Vision and Falcon and The Winter Soldier will also cross over into the films as President of Marvel Kevin Feige has promised.

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Having a character be the namesake of the company is a huge thing especially when that character is so profoundly proud of her religion and Pakistani roots, so Ms. Marvel will certainly mean a great deal to Pakistanis around the world. Plus, having a high profile muslim character in the Avengers will be something truly incredible to witness.

The show is expected to premiere sometime next year. There is no word yet on who will portray Kamala Khan herself.

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