6:01pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Fan Favorite Ms. Marvel's Film and TV Possibilities Teased by Marvel CCO
Forget Marvel's 2019 Captain Marvel movie — according to the company's chief creative officer Joe Quesada, the studio is already thinking about her teenage protege, Ms. Marvel.
In an interview with CBR.com, Quesada underscored the importance of Marvel's comic book division — which he was editor-in-chief of from 2000 through 2011 — when it comes to the increasingly huge multimedia Marvel empire.
"If Marvel is a wheel, comics are the hub and everything else spokes out," he said. "Movies, TV … they’re all spokes of the wheel. If you want to know what the future is, in the movies, television, video games, animation — pick up the comics, because there’s a very good possibility that the stuff you’re reading today will eventually find itself — or a version of it — in one of our media outlets. Could be next year, four, five years from now, maybe 10 years from now."
One example he pointed out was the Civil War clash between Iron Man and Captain America, which went from a seven-issue comic book in 2006 to the third Captain America movie 10 years later.
"Our readers are the Johnny Appleseeds," Quesada continued. "They tell us something is resonating, something is hitting a core, and that’s something we should try to cultivate. Another great example of this: Ms. Marvel. If we had put this book out 10 years ago, it probably would never have succeeded. Not only did we find the audience, but we had the right people on the book and we had the right editor on the book, the right creators on the book. And now we have a character that’s very recognizable — very, very quickly. That doesn’t happen a lot."
The Ms. Marvel he's referring to is Kamala Khan, the Pakistani American hero created by writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Adrian Alphona and editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker in 2013. Gaining buzz even before her series launched in early 2014, the character has been eagerly adopted by a vocal fan base, and now appears in the All-New All-Different Avengers series in addition to her own comic book, and will anchor the upcoming launch Champions.
"Who knows where Ms. Marvel’s going to end up?" Quesada asked, adding, "You can be sure that, somewhere down the road, she will be a part of the future of Marvel in other media."
To date, the character has already appeared in the animated Avengers: Ultron Revolution series on Disney XD and in a number of Marvel video games, but Quesada certainly seems to be hinting at something more high-profile in her future. Is it too early to start imagining a Marvel Phase 4 announcement sometime soon … ?