NEWS FLASH-Iman Vellani Cast as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel has been cast for the upcoming Disney+ series, with unknown actress Iman Vellani revealed to be playing the fan favourite character.
Iman Vellani, a Canadian actress, is making her breakthrough role by being cast as Kamala Khan.
Vellani has no other credits, which shows the faith the creators must have in her carrying the series as the lead.
Vellani's casting was welcomed with open arms from fellow MCU actors including Kumal Nanjiani (in The Eternals) and Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and fellow Canadian).
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager who lives in New Jersey and is a massive fan of superheroes, even writing fanfic and ‘shipping’ (romantically pairing) superheroes.
She was then exposed to the Terrigen Mist, a substance which grants people superhuman abilities, sometimes with disastrous results.
Her powers as a result are body altering powers similar to that of Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, which she announces with ‘Embiggen!’
Khan’s favourite superhero is Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, which is why Khan takes on the mantle of Carol Danvers’ previous alter-ego, Ms. Marvel.
Kamala Khan was introduced only recently in Marvel comics, first appearing in 2013, before her own solo series in G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel run in 2014.
Since then, Kamala has appeared in multiple Marvel animated series including Avengers Assemble and more recently in Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers game, as the main playable protagonist.
The directors for the Ms. Marvel series were recently announced, with Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah attached as well as Meera Menon and Sharmee Obaid-Chinoy, andd Bisha K Ali as showrunner.
Marvel are ramping up development on their Disney+ properties with recently; a WandaVision trailer; She-Hulk casting and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier set photos.
Along with these properties, there is also a Moon Knight, Loki, Hawkeye and animated What If…? series.
Ms. Marvel is not out till sometime in 2022, but WandaVision, the first Marvel/Disney+ show, will be out late 2020.