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01 October 2020 12:40

Iman Vellani

Newcomer Iman Vellani to play Ms Marvel in new Disney Plus series

The studio has cast Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani to star in its forthcoming Disney+ series based on the comic-book character. The live-action TV series on Disney+, which was announced last month, is currently slated for a 2021 release. Not much is yet known about the young actress, however Vellani was part of the Next Wave Committee at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival which was tasked with adding a special tag to films that would resonate with their peers. Ms. Marvel is the alter-ego of Kamala Khan, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, who hail from New Jersey. She adopts the alter-ego Ms. Marvel in honor of Captain Marvel, who is portrayed by US actress Brie Larson.

Making her comic book series debut in 2014, Ms. Marvel's story arc revolves around coming of age, dealing with society, her culture, parents, and maintaining her Muslim identity, all while balancing her shape-shifting super powers. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, first teased the character's appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a 2018 interview with BBC, revealing that in addition to the small screen, the character will be included in future Marvel films. "Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works. We have plans for that once we've introduced Captain Marvel to the world," he told the publication. Ms. Marvel joins other mainstream Muslim superheros, including DC Comics' The Green Lantern (Lebanese-American) and Nightrunner (Algerian-French).

The actress who will play Muslim comic book superhero Ms Marvel on TV has been announced as Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani. Ms Marvel is Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan, and the character will front a live-action TV series on Disney+. She picked Minhal Baig's Hala, which tells the story of a Muslim-American teen trying to navigate cultural codes and differences. Famous faces in Hollywood have already started to congratulate Vellani over her casting, including Mindy Kaling and Kumail Nanjiani. What a joy in these trying times to see that #MsMarvel (a Pakistani American teen superhero!) has cast its lead role, a young actress named Iman Vellani!

Comic book author and Ms Marvel co-creator Gwendolyn Willow Wilson vouched for Vellani by tweeting the news and then writing, "she is the real deal". It already has more than 16,000 followers (showing the power of Marvel fandom) but isn't verified and many commenters are saying it isn't run by Vellani. Marvel studio chief Kevin Feige has said that the character of Kamala Khan / Ms Marvel will also appear in future films in the franchise, but they may of course cast a different actor for the big screen. Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan, or Ms Marvel, is Marvel's first Muslim lead character. She first appeared in an August 2013 edition of Captain Marvel, and landed her own comic book series in February 2014.

She was in part created by comic book artist Sana Amanat, who told The National that the character was sparked by a conversation she had with her senior editor Stephen Wacker about her own experiences growing up in New Jersey as a Pakistani-American Muslim. "I was talking about the fact it was really hard to be a young Muslim in America and the different struggles I had, like trying to go to the prom, making my own dress that was fully covered, fasting and playing lacrosse, wearing tights underneath my shorts in 90-degree weather and not being able to go on dates," Amanat said. "For me, it was so common and everyday, but my senior editor said: 'Not a lot of people know those kinds of stories.' That was the first spark of an idea of creating a character that maybe could resonate with young Sanas out there." In the comic book, Khan develops polymorphous powers due to 'inhuman' genes and takes over the former identity of her hero Carol Danvers (Danvers drops the Ms Marvel moniker in the Marvel comics when taking on the mantel of Captain Marvel in 2012). As for the TV show, directors announced for the project include Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, as well as Oscar-winning Pakistani-American director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and American-Indian Farah Goes Bang director Meera Menon. The showrunner and writer on the show is Bisha K Ali, who was a writer on the Four Weddings and a Funeral TV series and appears on the Guilty Feminist podcast.

Ms. Marvel is an upcoming Marvel series for Disney Plus. The studios were searching for an actor to play the lead character for quite a while now. Also Read | Ms Marvel To Be Helmed By Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon Ms. Marvel series gets it lead in Iman Vellani? Marvel Studios has approached newcomer Iman Vellani to play the titular role in Ms. Marvel series. Earlier, Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, along with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon boarded the project as directors. Ali is the head writer of Ms. Marvel series. It will centre on Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey. She made her first appearance in 2013 as Marvel's first Muslim character to get her own title. With the upcoming show, it will become Marvel Studios' first on-screen Muslim hero. Ms. Marvel series is expected to release in 2022. Also Read | 'Marvel 616' To Explore Impact Of Marvel Comic Books In Pop Culture; Trailer Out Khan takes the mantle of Ms. Marvel from her idol Carol Danvers, following her taking over the job as Captain Marvel. Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan is said to enter the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) ahead in Captain Marvel sequel starring Brie Larson in lead. Kumail Nanjiani expressed his thoughts on Iman Vellani's casting in Ms. Marvel series on Twitter. Nanjiani will debut in the MCU as Kingo in much-anticipated film, Eternals which is scheduled to release on November 5, 2021. Also Read | Kumail Nanjiani Backs Marvel's Decision To Delay 'Eternals'; Calls It 'responsible' I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed. Also Read | Tatiana Maslany Confirmed To Play Lead In Marvel's 'She-Hulk' Series On Disney Plus Ms. Marvel is among the many series that Marvel is developing for Disney Plus and expanding the MCU. Recently Tatiana Maslany landed the titular role in She-Hulk series. WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye are a few series that are in development at Marvel for Disney Plus. Iman Vellani Cast As Marvel's First Muslim Superhero imanvellani/Instagram/Marvel Marvel has cast newcomer Iman Vellani as the studio's first Muslim superhero for its Ms. Marvel series on Disney+. Vellani will play Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey, who became the company's first Muslim hero to headline her own comicbook back when she debuted in 2014. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been stuck in a constant cycle of delays, with Black Widow recently postponed to next year, its Disney+ development is flourishing, with Ms. Marvel's casting an exciting sign of things to come. The news was first reported by Deadline, explaining that 'the plan always was to stay true to the character in finding the right actress to play the role, even if it meant offering a person that was not well known to the public'. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige also reportedly said that Vellani's Kamala Khan will star in future MCU films in addition to her own series. Marvel has yet to comment on the casting. G. Willow Wilson, the creator of the Ms. Marvel comics alongside artist Adrian Alphona and editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, congratulated the young actress on social media, writing, 'She is the real deal.' The Big Sick star Kumail Nanjiani, who is also due to appear in Marvel's Eternals, wrote on Twitter, 'I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed. The Ms. Marvel series was announced at last year's D23 Expo, alongside Moon Knight and She-Hulk, the latter of which recently confirmed its lead actress in Tatiana Maslany. It's been in the works since 2018, with Feige earlier noting that the studio was waiting for Brie Larson's Captain Marvel to appear before ramping up development. Ms Marvel Moon Knight She-Hulk Logos Marvel Studios Bad Boys For Life's Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were recently tapped to direct 'at least one episode' of the MCU show, as well as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon. WandaVision, Marvel's first Disney+ series, will debut on the platform later this year.