First ever Muslim superhero ‘Ms. Marvel’ gets a face for its big screen appearance

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Imaan Vellani has nabbed the title role of Ms. Marvel as she was recently roped in by the studio, making history as the first-ever Muslim superhero on screens. Taking on the leading role as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, 18-year-old Vellani, fits the part perfectly as well as the ethnic background it portrays.

Marvel had earlier named Pakistani Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as one of the directors for the Disney+ show along with Meera Menon, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi.

Ms. Marvel is about a Pakistani-American 16-year-old based in New Jersey who looks up to Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers. In the midst of her normal life as a teenager, Kamala discovers her superpowers which include, shapeshifting, invulnerability and elasticity. By using her prior knowledge on superheroes, she goes on to become one of the fiercest crime fighters.

While this will be Vellani’s first Hollywood project, she has previously worked with the Next Wave Committee in a bid to make the industry more diverse.

Source: The News