Marvel Confirms Directors for Ms Marvel Series
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi. These are the four filmmakers hired to direct episodes for the Ms Marvel series. But who are they?
Sharpen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani Canadian Filmmaker and Activist. She won an academy award for her documentaries Saving Face which addressed the issues of Acid Attacks in Pakistan and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness which addressed the issues of Honour Killings. She is huge activist for Women's right in Pakistani culture so her experience can bring about writing realism into Kamala Khan's personal life. Outside of her documentaries she has worked on the Pakistani animated films series 3 Bahadur which features a trio of 11 year old best friends (Amna, Saadi and Kamil) who save the world together with their super powers. It is possible she may bring this factor in with Ms Marvel and her supporting cast which could include her Brother Aamir (who has Forcefield powers), her love interest Kareem aka Red Dagger (a teenage knife fighter) and possibly the inclusions of Kamran (her fellow Inhuman and love interest turned enemy) or Fadi Fadlallah aka Amulet a recent magical ally from the comics.
Meera Menon is an Indian American Director and Writer. Best known for her American Road trip film Farah Goes Bang a road trip film featuring three friends one of which happens to a be Farah an Iranian American Muslim girl who feels pressured to finally lose her virginity. The film won Nora Ephron Prize, Tribeca Film Festival and the Best Feature, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. It's likely the dynamic between Kamala and her best friend Nakia, bully turned friend Zoe, best male friend and Bruno, friend and rival Michaela and her sister in law Tyesha could all play into how Meera directed Farah Goes Bang. She also had directed episodes of Superhero shows like the Punisher and Titans too.
Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi are Belgian Moroccan directors who are best known for their work on Bad Boys for Life starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The duo are best known for their darker themed crime films, especially two of which are centred on the Belgian Moroccan community and street crime culture. Their film "Black" (which won several Magritte awards) featured actor that were hand picked by street casting featured had a romance storyline between a Belgian Moroccan man Marwan and Belgian African Woman Mavela despite the tensions between their respective gangs. It is likely that the love between a Brown Muslim man and Black African woman will be their input for Aamir Khan and his marriage to Tyesha Hillman but minus the rival gang part. They also directed Gangsta/Patser another Belgian Moroccan gangster film though in this case it is their experience in Crime related storylines that will likely connect to Kamala's villains like Kamran or possibly even a potential dark side of her ally like Kareem as a vigilante that uses knives will likely not get Kamala's approval much like the dynamic between Daredevil and Punisher.