Marvel has cast its Kamala Khan. According to a new report from Deadline, newcomer Iman Vellani is set to play the lead role in the upcoming Ms. Marvel series. The show is in the works for Disney+. It was originally announced by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige last year at the D23 Expo.
The project has been coming together in recent weeks. The new stable of live-action Marvel shows being produced for Disney+ are becoming a priority for the studio. Ms. Marvel recently revealed its directors, including Bad Boys for Life Duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, as well as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon.
As for Vellani, this is a huge break. This marks her first role in a major Hollywood production. Kamala Khan is a huge character within the Marvel Comics universe. She gained popularity following the publication of Ms. Marvel #1 in 2014. Written by G. Willow Wilson, the series was a sensation, with the Pakistani-American version of the hero becoming a fan-favorite. She was recently featured as one of the main characters in Marvel’s Avengers video game.
I guess this news is out. 👀 Congrats, Iman! https://t.co/F3VAca5uiQ
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) September 30, 2020
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American who grew up in Jersey City. She idolized Super Heroes like Captain Marvel, never dreaming she’d have the opportunity to join her role models in becoming a hero herself. She has the ability to alter her shape and size and an idealistic attitude.
Bisha K. Ali is writing the series. There is no word yet on who else will be joining the cast. It also has not been revealed when Ms. Marvel will begin filming. But with the coronavirus pandemic still a factor that may be difficult to nail down.
When the project was first announced Kevin Feige said that the characters in these new live-action shows will also be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. It is expected that Ms. Marvel will appear in future MCU installments following her debut on Disney+. Other shows currently in development include WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, She-Hulk and Moon Knight.
WandaVision will be the first to debut, with the first trailer recently arriving online. These shows, unlike previous live-action shows of the MCU era, will be heavily connected to the films, with the actors reprising their roles. They will also have huge budgets, comparable to the movies. The idea is to make the shared universe more cohesive across both the big and small screens.
Ms. Marvel does not yet have a release date set.