‘Star Wars’ ‘Kenobi’ Causes Forgotten Marvel Series to Plummet

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Ewan McGregotr as Obi-Wan Kenobi (left) and Hayden Christensen as a young Anakin Skywalker (right)

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The Star Wars universe is exploding with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, but the shocking new series is causing a new Marvel show to plummet.

kamala khan as Ms. Marvel
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Ms. Marvel is shaking up the Marvel Universe and Marvel collection, but barely anyone is watching the new series.

Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan has been praised as one of the best Phase Four additions to the MCU yet, but review bombing and fans flat-out forgetting to watch the show has caused it to become the lowest viewed Marvel series to date:

#MsMarvel’s premiere viewership was reportedly the lowest debut yet for a live-action #MCU Disney+ series, drawing 775k U.S. views in its 5-day debut… For comparison:

#WandaVision: 1.6M
#Hawkeye: 1.5M

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Ms. Marvel couldn’t crack a million views during its five-day debut, coming in behind the second-lowest viewed MCU series, Hawkeye, which received a reported 1.5 million debut opening.

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel using her new powers
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Countless controversies surrounded Ms. Marvel before it hit Disney+, with many fans expressing disappointment in the character’s iconic power change.

On top of that, Ms. Marvel debuted on the same night as a new Obi-Wan Kenobi episode — the most popular Disney+ series to date.

Ewan McGregotr as Obi-Wan Kenobi (left) and Hayden Christensen as a young Anakin Skywalker (right)
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Given that both Kenobi and Ms. Marvel debut new episodes on Wednesday (until next week), viewers are more inclined to watch the latest Star Wars installment purely due to the immense popularity that Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader) have over Kamala Khan.

Obi-Wan dueling Anakin at the Jedi Temple
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Nonetheless, Ms. Marvel is the highest-rated Marvel project yet, with a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison, Kenobi’s current rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.

With the limited series Obi-Wan Kenobi coming to a close next Wednesday, it’s clear that Ms. Marvel will receive the spotlight many fans feel the series deserves.

More about Obi-Wan Kenobi

The story begins ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Obi-Wan Kenobi faced his most significant defeat—the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, who turned to the dark side as evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Ewan McGregotr as Obi-Wan Kenobi (left) and Hayden Christensen as a young Anakin Skywalker (right)
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“The rematch of the century” teased by Kathleen Kennedy, director Deborah Chow, and Lucasfilm will be supported by Moses Ingram (Inquisitor Reva), Joel Edgerton (Uncle Owen), Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars), Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Vader fighting Kenobi
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The world of George Lucas is expanding beyond Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz), Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), Darth Maul (Ray Parker), Anakin Skywalker (Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch/Temura Morrison), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Moff Gideon(Giancarlo Esposito), the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, and The Clone Wars.

Within the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is moving past Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or the controversial Rian Johnson Star Wars film The Last Jedi (2018) as we dive into the Old Republic or explore new realities of the Star Wars universe with each new TV show or the upcoming Star Wars game like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2 or Star Wars Eclipse.

More about Ms. Marvel

The series stars Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Fawad Khan, Laurel Marsden, Arian Moayed, Adaku Ononogbo, Alysia Reiner, Azhar Usman, Laith Nakli, Nimra Bucha and Travina Springer, with Aramis Knight.

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel
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Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero megafan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with superpowers, right?

The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel
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Tom Holland’s Avenger, Spider-Man, is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

Which do you watch first? Kenobi or Ms. Marvel? Comment below!

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