It seems like the search is over as Marvel Studios have finally found the Kamala Khan of their cinematic universe. According to Deadline, Newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast as Kamala Khan in the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series, Ms. Marvel. The production of the series is now set to begin in a couple of weeks. Ms. Marvel TV series would be introducing the live-action version of Kamala Khan to the MCU for the first time after she first appeared as an aid to Captain Marvel in her comics around 2013.
Ms Marvel TV series would be based on Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American fan of Captain Marvel, who discovers her powers after being exposed to the Terrigen Mists which mutate her into an Inhuman. Kamala has elastic powers and decides to assume the identity of Miss Marvel to save the day. The character was the first Muslim protagonist to have her solo comics at Marvel. With the Disney + series, she will be the MCU’s first Muslim heroine. Kevin Feige has already made it clear that the character will also appear in the films.
This might be Iman Vellani’s first major work in Hollywood, but she is already known for fighting for diversity in the film industry. In 2019, the young actress was part of the 2019 Toronto Film Festival’s committee that had a similar intention.
While Marvel Studios haven’t let out a word yet, Vellani’s MCU co-stars are already excited and congratulating her. Kumail Nanjiani who would be playing the role of a cosmic powered superhero called Kingo in the film Eternals tweeted:
I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed.
Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 30, 2020
Iman Vellani confirmed the news from her newly created Instagram handle
It had been more than a year since the live-action series of Kamala Khan for Disney + was announced. It was unknown who would play the Muslim heroine for months until finally, Marvel Studios concluded their search. Their pick suggests that the choice of their selection was based on their guidelines of looking for actors who are the most similar both physically and emotionally to the heroes of the comics, leaving aside if they are little known artists.
The series will be directed by the hands of some of the most acclaimed filmmakers. A couple of days ago it was announced that Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be among those directing the series. Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is also said to be directing at least one episode of the series as will The Walking Dead, Titans, and The Punisher director Meera Menon.
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