Ms. Marvel: Pakistani-American Iman Vellani To Play Kamala Khan And Fans Are Ecstatic
Iman Vellani Will Be The First Muslim Superhero With Marvel's Title Role
It's the news that Marvel fans have been waiting for with bated breath. Marvel's first Pakistani Muslim superhero has just been finalized. Ever since the superhero series was announced, fans have been waiting to see who gets cast in the titular role and Marvel has not disappointed fans as it has included diversity in its ranks once again.
Cue Iman Vellani, Disney Plus' Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey; with her inhuman ability to extend her limbs, alter her appearance, and shift her shape and size, Kamala works tirelessly to make the world a better place.
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Ms. Marvel made her debut in the comics back in 2013 and she is the first and only Muslim representation in the super-cool Marvel Universe. Iman Vellani will be portraying the role of a 16-year-old American Muslim Kamala Khan belonging to a Pakistani immigrant family, who lives in New Jersey. She goes on to acquire the same superpowers as the former Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, now known as Captain Marvel!
"In the course of becoming a local hero, Khan would encounter various peers in the super-powered community, always with enthusiasm and unbridled joy."
Kamala Khan will also be part of future Marvel films!
Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy alongside Meera Menon, Adil El Arbi, and Bilall Fallah are ready to bring this superhero's story to the screen.
Vellani, in 2019, said:
"We want stories from different genders and different countries and different people. I think that’s really important because then people are going to understand each other. Even if they can’t relate to it, you learn from it … Our big goal is to just help people understand other perspectives."
Social media is buzzing with the news:
I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 30, 2020
Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.
What he said! I recal being 5 & told in Canada that there wouldnt be major roles for girls who looked like me (ethnic). I was shattered. This has made me so happy for the next generation of girls who DO look like me. Thank you @Marvel https://t.co/3FIFIGr998— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) October 1, 2020
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! Congrats to you! I can’t wait to see the show! ❤️❤️❤️❤️#RepresentationMatters— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 30, 2020
Glad to see the Marvel family embiggening! Welcome, Iman / Ms. Marvel! https://t.co/ViD1sVHMIl— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 1, 2020
Iman Vellani already is a real life Kamala Khan.— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) September 30, 2020
She's probably a young fan. She doesn't have a lot of experience. And now she's alongside the biggest names in the world, finding her way and becoming a hero herself.
Perfect. Congrats to Ms. Marvel! https://t.co/34PQNJwqWZ
IM SEEING MUSLIM DIRECTORS AND MORE SOUTH ASIAN REPRESENTATION IN THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM OF MS MARVEL IT MAKES ME SO EMOTIONAL IVE BEEN WAITING SO LONG AND ITS FINALLY COMING TOGETHER IM SO PROUD OF HER pic.twitter.com/uq2nenXtEG— Aniq ⎊ (@RaniqDesigns) September 30, 2020