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Newcomer Iman Vellani to play Pakistani American superhero Ms. Marvel

Iman Vellani

Disney has chosen actress Iman Vellani to take the role of Kamala Khan, or Ms. Marvel, in the upcoming television series Ms. Marvel.

After an extensive search, Marvel has found its Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani, a 16-year-old Muslim teenage girl currently living in New Jersey. She is all set to star in its forthcoming Disney+ series based on the comic-book character Kamala Khan.

The live-action TV series on Disney+, which was announced last month, is currently slated for a 2021 release. 

Marvel’s first Muslim superhero Ms. Marvel is the alter-ego of Kamala Khan, a daughter of Pakistani immigrants, who hail from New Jersey. According to the Marvel character (Kamala Khan), she has an inhuman capability to change shape and size. Apart from that, she can also extend her limbs.

Ms. Marvel’s story of Kamala Khan revolves around coming of age, dealing with society, her culture, parents, and maintaining her Muslim identity, all while balancing her shape-shifting superpowers.

According to Marvel, during the development to become a local protagonist, Kamala Khan will come across various other superheroes community with passion and uncontrolled joy.

Besides Iman Vellani, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy an Oscar winning director also joined the Marvel team alongside Meera Menon, Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah to bring out the best of Kamala Khan to screen.

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Adding further with the Marvel’s Kamala Khan character, the franchise stated that:

“Upon having her Inhumanity awakened and discovering she could now extend her limbs, alter her appearance, and shift shape in other manners, Kamala immediately crafted a costumed identity in line with her heroes. Choosing to become part of Captain Marvel’s legacy, the youngster adopted the discarded Ms. Marvel name, and with the help of her friend—and unrequited crush—Bruno Carrelli, a tech wizard in his own right, dedicated herself to cleaning up the criminal element of Jersey City.”

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