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Ms Marvel casts Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan for Disney+ series

Marvel has cast its next superhero, but you won’t have heard of her before.Unlike tapping Oscar winners such as Brie Larson or Angelina Jolie, the person donning the costume is a newcomer – Canadian teenager Iman Vellani.Vellani, 18, will take on the mantle of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who discovers she…

Marvel has cast its next superhero, but you won’t have heard of her before.

Unlike tapping Oscar winners such as Brie Larson or Angelina Jolie, the person donning the costume is a newcomer – Canadian teenager Iman Vellani.

Vellani, 18, will take on the mantle of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who discovers she has powers to shapeshift. She names herself Ms Marvel after her personal hero, Captain Marvel.

Vellani was cast after an extensive search for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s’ first on-screen Muslim superhero. The character will headline her own Disney+ streaming service, Ms Marvel, and cross over to the big screen in MCU movies.

The newcomer posted on Instagram that she was “speechless and excited”.

The character was created by G. Willow Wilson for a comic books series that debuted in 2014. Wilson posted her congratulations to Vellani on Twitter, adding that “she is the real deal”.

The comics have been hailed as been a sensitive exploration of being Muslim in America, while also dealing with the challenges of coming-of-age and having superpowers. Wilson is Muslim.

Comedian, writer and actor Kumail Nanjiani, who will be seen in the upcoming Marvel movie 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.”

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Earlier, Marvel announced its roster of directors for the Ms Marvel series would include Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Manon. Bisha K. Ali serves as head writer.

Vellani isn’t the first Canadian to be joining the MCU family with reports last month Orphan Black Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany had been cast as She-Hulk.

After the critical and commercial success of Black Panther, the studio has greenlit a number of projects with culturally diverse casts.

Canadian actor Simu Liu is currently filming Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings in Sydney alongside Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh while Mahershala Ali will play Blade in an upcoming movie announced at San Diego Comic Con in 2019.

Other MCU Disney+ series in the pipeline include WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye.

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