Set to play Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan, is Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani. Deadline broke the news and THR confirmed it, reporting that “Marvel had been testing actors throughout the summer and had landed on Vellani by late August or early September.”
The Pakistani-American teenage character of Kamala Khan was introduced to Marvel Comics in 2013 and was leading her own comic series, Ms. Marvel, the following year. Khan is the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic title and will be Marvel’s first Muslim hero on screen.
In the comics, Khan, who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, discovers that she holds Inhuman genes and has shapeshifting abilities. The title of Ms. Marvel is handed to her by Carol Danvers, who’s played by Brie Larson in the MCU.
It’s quite the get for Vellani. Ms. Marvel will not only be a Disney+ series, Kevin Feige has confirmed that the character will also be included the cinematic universe.
Larson has previously expressed her desire to have the character appear in Marvel films – in particular, Captain Marvel 2. “I feel like she’s the future,” Larson said in early 2019. “So when I’ve been asked about the future of the MCU, or the future of the Captain Marvel series, I want to be with her.” Larson also said: “I mean my dream would be that Ms. Marvel gets to come into play in the sequel. That’s the goal.”
Pakistani-American actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who was raised Muslim, congratulated Vellani on earning the role, saying that he “legit got teary eyed” at the news.
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
Ms. Marvel‘s roster of directors includes Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (that duo who helmed Bad Boys for Life), Meera Menon (The Walking Dead, The Punisher), and short documentary Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.