A Canadian teenager from Markham, Ontario has been cast as the latest Marvel superhero. Iman Vellani will be playing Ms. Marvel in an upcoming TV series on Disney+.
The 18 year old has been cast as Kamala Khan, a teenager from New Jersey who has superpowers.
The role is Vellani’s first acting job. She was a student at Unionville High School in the Unionville neighbourhood of Markham. She was part of a group with had previously curated the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)‘s Next Wave Festival in 2019.
The character she plays is the first Muslim character in the Marvel Universe to have her own comic books. Now she’s the first Muslim superhero to have her own TV show.
Ms. Marvel made her debut in 2013, created by editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona, with a costume designed by Jamie McKelvie.
Ms. Marvel is a member of The Inhumans, and has the powers to stretch her body (similar to the Fantastic Four‘s Mr. Fantastic). The TV series is also expected to spend time telling the story of a regular teenager having to deal with the pressures of growing up.
The series will debut exclusively on Disney+, with a number of episodes to be directed by Bad Boys for Life‘s El Arbi and Bilall Fallah as well as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon. Bisha K. Ali will serve as the series’ head writer.
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