Disney+ series 'Ms Marvel' could introduce the Champions to the MCU, bringing in a new generation of superheroes and fans
One of the most exciting things to happen at 2019's D23 Expo was the announcement of the upcoming 'Ms. Marvel' Disney+ series. Though she was only introduced in the comics very recently, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan is one of Marvel's most popular characters and a founding member of the Champions, a team of young superheroes.
The Champions were formed by Kamala, Miles Morales/Spider-Man and Sam Alexander/Nova after they became disillusioned with the actions of the Avengers. The team takes a more responsible approach towards heroism, cleaning up after their battles and trying to avoid unnecessary violence.
Now that Ms. Marvel is a part of the MCU, it can't be too long before the rest of the Champions make their way to the screen as well. The most popular line-up of the team included Vision's daughter Vivian, the Hulk-like supergenius Amadeus Cho and a version of the X-Men member Scott Summers/Cyclops from the past, besides the three founding members.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already teased that the MCU's next superhero team will look very different from what we've seen so far. "It will be a very different team than we've seen before, that's what [Avengers: Endgame] was all about. It will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you've already met and some people you haven't met yet," Feige told MTV News.
With the MCU shifting its focus primarily towards the cosmic side of Marvel there have been speculations that we may see two new teams formed, one for Earth and one for the galaxy at large. The Champions are such an inspiring bunch of grassroots heroes that they would be perfect as Earth's new protectors while another team, possibly the Ultimates, takes on the cosmic-level threats.
There's a more practical reason why introducing the Champions makes sense. Marvel's primary audience is still composed mostly of children and young adults who would find a team of young superheroes like the Champions extremely relatable.
There is also a certain undercurrent in the 'Champions' comics about fixing the mistakes of the past generation. This is something that resonates quite well with most of today's youth, making the Champions one of the most important teams in Marvel's stables.
Kamala herself is already a very important character for Marvel, being the publisher's first Muslim hero to headline her own comic book series. She has the potential to fill in for Tom Holland's Spider-Man as the new face of the MCU, now that the Web-Slinger is unfortunately no longer a part of the cinematic universe.
With Kamala as their leader, the Champions could project a youthful future for the MCU, bringing in new fans and providing a different perspective to superheroes in general. In a world that's still reeling from the death of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), perhaps they could bring in some much-needed hope and light the way forward.
'Ms. Marvel' doesn't have a release date yet but it will hopefully be available on Disney+ sometime in 2021.