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Iman Vellani Wants More Muslim Characters in Hollywood After Ms. Marvel Despite Backlash From Hate Groups

Iman Vellani, who is making her acting debut with the latest MCU series, Ms. Marvel, says she wants to play more Muslim characters. Her acting is being appraised as Kamala Khan in the series. The first episode of Ms. Marvel was just the introduction of the character, setting the background of what’s about to come next. As Kamala discovers new superpowers, her life as a superhero begins. Now, we have to wait and see what the adventure is going to be. The show is being appreciated by some for its inclusivity while it has faced backlash from some.

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Iman Vellani wants to play more Muslim characters in Hollywood

Iman Vellani wants to play more Muslim characters in Hollywood
Iman Vellani wants to play more Muslim characters in Hollywood

Pakistani-Canadian actress said in a recent interview that she wants to play more similar roles in the future. She hopes that this is not the end of Pakistani or Muslim characters. She told the IANS in a roundtable conversation, “I think we are heading in the right direction and I hope Ms. Marvel is not the end of seeing Muslim and Pakistani in Hollywood.”

Iman Vellani talks about South Asian representation in Hollywood
Iman Vellani talks about South Asian representation in Hollywood

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She added that she wants the show to make the South Asian community feel they can tell their stories too. She said, “I do believe that we are creating space for more inclusiveness and we are also hoping that the show inspires more South Asian creators to tell their own stories. And I really hope that the series gets the ball rolling on more representation in Hollywood and people to their stories.”

The actress talks about her character, Kamala Khan

Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel
Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel

The actress also talked about her character, Kamala Khan in the Ms. Marvel series. She was asked about why superhero films connect with a huge state of the audience. she said, “Superheroes and these stories in general which stem out from comics are just a projection of real life in a fantastical world. It is so much fun to see characters like Kamala, who really represents everything by fan culture and fandom and then becomes the superhero herself, she reacts the same way any of us would react if we got those superpowers.”

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She also added, “I really think that the show is going to be for everyone and they can see themselves in some parts of Kamala’s journey.”

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