Though the DC Extended Universe was the first one to introduce a female superhero on the big screen, Marvel Studios has been leaving no stone unturned for its upcoming Ms. Marvel show. After getting Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as the show’s director alongside Academy Award Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon, Ms. Marvel has reportedly now revealed four new characters for the show.
Previously, Jasjit Williams and Saagar Shaikh were reportedly in talks to play the roles of Bruno Carelli and Aamir Khan respectively in the show. In the comics, Bruno is the closest friend of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, who also knows about her superhero identity. The character of Aamir Khan is the biological brother of Kamala. Highly conservative in nature, he offers steady advice to the young hero in making.
According to The Direct, the upcoming Disney+ Marvel show has now revealed four new supporting characters. As Marvel Studios is keeping everything tightly under wraps, the four characters have been codenamed to conceal any further information.
The first character is called Sheikh. Our safe bet is that Sheikh is Imam Sheikh Abdullah from the comics. As Kamala Khan is based out of New Jersey, Sheikh Abdullah is the Imam of the Islamic Masjid of Jersey City. A man past his 60s, Sheikh Abdullah is a warm-hearted man with years of wisdom. He plays an important role in making Kamala understand her faith better while she deals with teenage issues of dating and attraction.
The second character is Auntie Ruby, a vibrant, spirited, and animated Pakistani-American woman in her 50s. Since no such character exists in the comics, Auntie Ruby is most probably an improved version of Ayesha, the sister of Muneeba Khan, Kamala’s mother in the comics.
The third character revealed is called Aadam. In his 30s, Aadam is described as a big guy who is physically intimidating. But in reality, he is comedic, funny, and smart. Aadam might be the codename for Amulet, a recently introduced superhero in The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #13. Another Muslim superhero, Amulet’s powers are based on magic.
The fourth and final character revealed is named Fariha. According to the reveal, Fariha is a Sudanese woman in her 30s who is both smart and intimidating. She is willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants, no matter what (or who) gets in her way. This weirdly specific detail hints that Fariha might be one of the villains of the show, or at best, a character at odds with Kamala Khan.
As the first teenage hero of Pakistani-American heritage, Kamala Khan’s faith and beliefs play a vital role in her superhero career. Though not limited to her religion or faith, the recent revelations have confirmed that Ms. Marvel will be based a lot on Kamala’s local community and how they impact her superhero identity.
Created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, Kamala Khan is the fourth character to take the title of Ms. Marvel. A teenager, Kamala Khan is exposed to Terrigen Mist resulting her latent genes to resurface and grant her incredible powers. Having idolized Carol Danvers all her childhood, Kamala Khan tries to live up to her idol’s image during her superhero career.
Kamala Khan is the first Muslim superhero who tries to find a balance between her dual life and her faith. With Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on board, Ms. Marvel is a much-needed show in these times of hate and xenophobia all across the globe.
According to Kevin Feige, Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel will also appear on the large screen at some point in time. The show is set to premiere somewhere in 2022.