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Interview with Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s First Muslim Female Superhero

It shouldn’t be hard for anyone to have your first experience as an actress in a Marvel production. Even more so for a fanatic. Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Kaan, Mrs. MarvelMarvel’s first Muslim superheroine series premieres today, Wednesday, June 8 Disney+,

Kamala Khan is a Muslim teenager, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, who has always lived in Jersey. She’s a gamer, she writes fan-fiction, and she’s obsessed with captain marvel, And when he goes to a cosplay contest about superheroes, he gets super powers. And his life, of course, changes.

How this has turned out for Iman Vellani, a Muslim teenager, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who was born on September 3, 2002 in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and who is obsessed with Mrs. MarvelAs he explained in this exclusive interview, which we did via Zoom.

Iman Vellani, the young star of the series.  And he is acting for the first time ...

Iman Vellani, the young star of the series. And he is acting for the first time …

Iman first has a freshness on the other side of the computer screen, something she will lose and/or dominate as interviews and contacts with the press grow.

In addition to the 6-episode series—this Wednesday Disney+ uploads the first two to streaming, and next Wednesday it will premiere one per week—co-starring miraclesequel captain marvelNear Brie Larson, Released in 2023, Iman is a strong, risky bet from Marvel Studios.

Kamala is a fan of Captain Marvel and suddenly she has superpowers.  Iman tells us what she wants in real life.  Disney+ Photos

Kamala is a fan of Captain Marvel and suddenly she has superpowers. Iman tells us what she wants in real life. Disney+ Photos

– I think you had to go through the casting process, right?

-Yes. Yes, it was a very long process, mainly because of the pandemic. I started in February 2020, so I sent my first tape, the next week I was in Los Angeles for a screen test, and then a week later they wanted to bring me back to Los Angeles, but the pandemic hit, so they sent me A given email address, like “You’re in the running. We just have to work on a few things from our side.”

And I was like, “Okay, okay, I have school and all, so okay.” And in June he asked me for another screen test, but by Zoom. So weird… but yeah, I had my casting next week on my last day of high school.

Iman Vellani was born in Canada, and just like her character, she is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants.  ap photo

Iman Vellani was born in Canada, and just like her character, she is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. ap photo

—and what was involved in those casting tests?

-The first screen test was super fun, it was in person. And I met Sarah Finn (casting director) and Louis D’Esposito (Marvel producer), and I absolutely loved them. And I really wanted to take advantage of being in that room with all these people from Marvel Studios, because I didn’t think it would happen again…

And so, yes, I think that’s what clicked for him, to share his enthusiasm and passion for this world.

The series, which premieres this Wednesday, June 8, has 6 chapters.

The series, which premieres this Wednesday, June 8, has 6 chapters.

-And did you read the comic “Miss Marvel” before the audition?

-Yes. When I was 15, I was already obsessed with him. I read all the comics, I cosplayed, I dressed up as Ms. Marvel. I was a super, super fan.

An image from the "Ms. Marvel" comic.  miracle photo

An image from the “Ms. Marvel” comic. miracle photo

– What was the first Marvel movie you saw?

-I think it was Captain America The First Avenger, I can’t really remember, because I grew up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so hombre de hierro It premiered when I was six, I can’t remember…

"Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), the first Marvel film Iman saw.

“Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), the first Marvel film Iman saw.

-Are you a cinema lover?

-I would say yes.

-Because you were selected for the Next Wave Committee of the Toronto International Film Festival.

-Yes. TIFF is a lot of fun. And I was able to meet many other young filmmakers who are just as “crazy” as I am. And they all had a very generous interest in movies, so it was just learning from each other. And then we were able to program such a diverse range of coming-of-age films with many marginalized voices and foreign film directors. It was indeed a lucky experience that I had.

In school. Yasmin Fletcher, Matthew Lintz and Iman Vellani in a scene from ‘Miss Marvel’.

– Was there any other movie that made you think this is what I wanted to do in my life?

-Uh… maybe Agnes Varda movies, or Tarantino movies. I was obsessed with Tarantino when I was 14, and I loved those movies, I thought they were as cool as them, how they stylized the violence and animated characters. I really loved it.

Tarantino influenced Iman to become an actress.  Eclectic, the other one you mention is Agnes Varda, someone completely different.  afp photo

Tarantino influenced Iman to become an actress. Eclectic, the other one you mention is Agnes Varda, someone completely different. afp photo

And Agnes Varda, in a totally different way. There was so much beauty and simplicity in their characters, and they brought out all the nuances and emotional moments and made the audience feel what those characters were experiencing.

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Kamala is Marvel’s first Muslim female superhero. Do you practice Islam? Are you a religious person?

– My yes.

at the family table.  The series also depicts what life is like for a Pakistani community in the United States.

at the family table. The series also depicts what life is like for a Pakistani community in the United States.

-If you only had one power to choose from, Ms. Marvel, which one would you choose?

Maybe stretching power, because I’m a very lazy person and I don’t want to get up to get something. So if my hand can reach that for me, that would be great.

-The series speaks strongly about the representation of non-white races in Hollywood. What do you think about this?

We just wanted to focus on creating a character and using the comics, because they’re such amazing source material, they really incorporated variety organically, without it being the only thing in the story. And it was very important for me and for all the other Muslim people. Our personality is not Islamic or Pakistani. There’s a lot about our character throughout the series.

In the first episode of the series, which can already be seen, Kamala tries to control her superpowers.

In the first episode of the series, which can already be seen, Kamala tries to control her superpowers.

We really wanted to highlight the fact that this is not a show about labels. We are not doing that, this is not just a Muslim superhero, just a Pakistani superhero. Kamala is a combination of so many different things and personalities and quirks that make her up, and that’s the whole theme, that’s the whole arc, that defies all the labels and expectations that are thrown at her and makes her a super. versions are made. hero.

-And so, perhaps, the youth feel identified with Kamala.

-Yes. I think he is a super universal and close character. We wanted to delve into that horror and awkwardness of growing up and being 16, and the illusion that comes with people that you need to figure out your own life. Meanwhile, you are crazy about superheroes. So how do those things go hand in hand?

Iman Vellani and Matthew Lintz are just friends for now.

Iman Vellani and Matthew Lintz are just friends for now.

And yes, we use a lot of movies, like lady bird You eighth grade as inspiration, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. exile the girl of your dreams, Those movies were really about growing up and the animated, fictional world around them. And so, yeah, that’s the direction we went.

-For you, what was the best thing about participating in the series?

-I met a lot of interesting, cool people. I love meeting people who work at Marvel, I love building relationships with them. And the fact that Marvel employees know my name is the most surreal thing. The fact that Kevin Feige (president of Marvel) knows my name is very strange. So I’m processing everything right now, honestly.

Brie Larson in "Captain Marvel," the film whose sequel, "The Marvels," will premiere in 2023.  Clarins Photo Archive

Brie Larson in “Captain Marvel,” the film whose sequel, “The Marvels,” will premiere in 2023. Clarins Photo Archive

-Can you guess something about “The Marvels”? Because this is your first job as an actress.

,miracle It was a very different experience from the TV show. We had too much time to shoot, too little material, it was too much rest. And I got to work with so many wonderful women. Our director Nia Dacosta is incredibly talented and truly an actor’s director, she cares about us a lot.

And it was so empowering to have Brie Larson and Teyona Parris, both amazing women, side by side and in front of the camera with them. I really felt that way in our scenes. And yeah, I can’t really talk about that (film), but I’m excited for people to see it next year.

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