Ms. Marvel Series Introduces Newcomer Iman Vellani As Kamala Khan

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Ms. Marvel joins the line-up of Marvel shows arriving on Disney+ soon, with a new superhero to watch out for. As one of the most anticipated Phase 4 offerings, the show will feature newcomer Kamala Khan’s debut in the MCU. It is set to premiere on the streaming service in late 2021.

On Disney’s Investor Day 2020, Kevin Feige made the official announcement and shared the series’ first look. Newcomer Iman Vellani will play Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. Described as “a great student, avid gamer, and voracious fan-fic scribe,” Kamala has a “special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel.”

Along with Kamala’s casting, several actors were also announced to join the young actress for the show. They include Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha. However, the roles for each actor is yet to be revealed nor confirmed.

Additionally, Marvel’s website confirmed a late 2021 release date for the Disney+ show, albeit no exact date was announced. Its 2021 premiere makes it the sixth MCU show to be launched on the streamer next year. The other series were Wandavision, scheduled for a January release; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, set for a March and May premiere dates respectively.

Meanwhile, Marvel’s What If…? and Hawkeye rounded up the list, with unknown release dates as of today.

Ms. Marvel Series: What else do we know about it?

The cast announcement met hot criticisms and trended online after controversial rumors surrounded some casting decisions. This included the possibility of Zenobia Shroff and Yasmeen Fletcher playing Muslim characters and Matt Lintz being a possible Trump supporter in real-life. Moreover, the show was under attack for allegedly Andrew Brodeur, despite multiple sexual harassment accusations. 

Shroff, Fletcher, and Lintz are already confirmed cast members, so issues involving their roles will surely continue to be debated in the future. Shroff is rumored to be Kamala’s mother, Fletcher is rumored to be Kamala’s friend Nakia Bahadir, and Lintz is rumored to be Kamala’s best friend, Bruno Carrelli. On the good side, Brodeur is confirmed not part of the cast list, which could put fans now at ease.

Controversies aside, it remains to be seen which characters will cast members play from the comics. Rish Shah previously teased on Instagram that he will be an Inhuman named Kamran.

Meanwhile, Aramis Knight is rumored to be playing a vigilante named Red Dagger. While the villain of Ms. Marvel is unconfirmed, the actor/actress might certainly be a part of the announced cast list.

Ria Genteroy
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