Disney+ series ‘Ms Marvel’ to make network debut on ABC

Ms Marvel

Disney+ superhero series Ms Marvel is to become the first of the streamer’s Marvel Studios shows to make its broadcast TV debut, heading to ABC next month.

Originally streaming on Disney+ in June and July 2022, the six-part series will be broadcast in two three-episode blocks on 5 August and 12 August on the Disney-owned network.

The move comes amid the ongoing WGA and just-begun SAG-AFTRA strikes, with shows that were previously exclusive to streaming being one way of filling up the schedules as current Hollywood productions have shut down.

Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which also includes feature films such as Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ms Marvel stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager who develops incredible powers and sets out to become a superhero, while balancing the demands of her strict family life.

The network debut also comes just a few months ahead of the 10 November cinema release of The Marvels, a feature film that will see Vellani reprise her role as Khan alongside Brie Larson as fellow superhero Captain Marvel, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, who returns from another of Disney+’s Marvel Studios shows, WandaVision.

The launch of Ms Marvel on ABC could open the door for other shows, previously exclusive to Disney+, such as WandaVision, or its Star Wars content such as The Mandalorian, to come to ABC.

Late last year, Disney brought the first two episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series Andor to ABC, as well as FX, Freeform TV and Hulu. That move appeared geared to showcasing content that the Mouse House hoped would draw non-subscribers to sign up to Disney+.

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