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Directors Of The Disney+ Marvel Show Ms. Marvel Talk About How Dragon Ball Z Influenced The Finale

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were the directors for the Marvel show Ms. Marvel, and now they have opened up how a legendary anime show was used as an influence for the finale

Marvel's latest Disney+ show has just wrapped up, as the viewing audience was introduced to Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American 16-year-old fangirl of the Avengers, particularly Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, who struggles to fit in until she gains her own powers. The series served as a set-up for the film The Marvels (2023), in which Vellani will reprise her role as Khan along with additional cast members from the series.

Kamala Khan is a relatively new character in the Marvel world as a whole, making her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 (August 2013) before going on to star in the solo series Ms. Marvel, which debuted in February 2014, she has taken the superhero world by storm. She has gone on to not only be Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic book, but also appear in multiple animated series such as Avengers Assemble, Marvel Rising, and Spider-Man where she was voiced by Kathreen Khavari, but also voiced by Sandra Saad in the video game Marvel's Avengers (2020) and the animated series Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021).

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The two directors revealed how the popular anime genre affected an iconic scene in Ms. Marvel's conclusion in an interview with ComicBook.com. "With our visual effects artist Nordin Rahhali, we were exploring what we could do with this power and having that 'Embiggen' moment," Fallah explained. "That was that image that's that really manga, almost like Dragon Ball Z influence. All these cool things that, yeah, that we explored. And I just think that when we were doing it, we felt there is so much more we can do. And I think we just hit the tip of the iceberg."

Dragon Ball Z was far from the sole source of inspiration for El Arbi and Fallah's work on the Disney+ series. Ms. Marvel actor Iman Vellani recently acknowledged that Edgar Wright's 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World "had a significant effect on" the series' distinct visual aesthetic. "Bilal and Adil, who directed [episodes] 1 and 6 and are also EPs on the program, loveeeee Edgar Wright, and it definitely shows!"

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Ms. Marvel stands out from the crowd of MCU movies and shows because of its unique creative style, which combines animation and live-action to bring Kamala Khan's inner desires to life. El Arbi and Fallah were the first to offer this idea to Marvel, believing that it was critical for the viewer to be able to experience the world through the eyes of the main character. The two directors were pleasantly delighted when Marvel Studios agreed to include this aspect in Ms. Marvel.

Source: ComicBook.com

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