The latest hero from the multiverse made his debut on Wednesday with the premiere of the new Disney+ streaming series, Ms. Marvel, A phenomenal hero for the MCU in many ways.
Not only is Kamala Khan – the teen-titular superhero – one of the youngest MCU heroes yet to be introduced, she is also Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, a Pakistani-American girl living with her family in Jersey City. Lives. Plus, she’s the ultimate Avengers fangirl.
“I think Ms. Marvel has always understood fan culture at such a cellular level,” said Pakistani-Canadian actress Iman Vellani, who makes her onscreen debut starring as Kamala in the series. “And it really elevates the story in a really unique way.”
Ms. Marvel Producer and co-writer Bishi K. Ali said the series adds a “vitality and a contemporary edge” to the MCU, in part through animated visuals, drops of earworm music, colorful culture, family banter, and more.
“She’s a 16-year-old super-powered kid, right. We’ve seen this before,” Vellani said. “But she’s also a fan of every other hero within the MCU canon. And that charm and excitement is shared with real-life Marvel fans. That’s why we relate to her. She reacts to how we do when she’s got powers.” And I love that part of him. And that’s why I fell in love with him – culture and religion were never the main thing in his personality.”
“It was part of his life, how it was for me,” she continued. “It was just a normal thing. And we didn’t want to make a show about a Pakistani Muslim. It was about an Avengers-loving, hardcore-written dork who just happens to be a Pakistani Muslim. And I think Let us balance it well.”
Vellani jokingly told reporters during the press conference that he had initially heard about it Ms. Marvel Calling in the “brownest color possible” – via an aunty’s WhatsApp message. She beat her nerves and took her shot – and now she’s starring in an MCU series and plans to join Brie Larson in the upcoming ensemble cast, miracle.
“I was like, my 10-year-old self is going to hate me if I didn’t even try,” she recalled. “Two days later, I got a call. They say, ‘Do you have a lawyer? We want you to fly to L.A., and I was like, ‘I have a math test, but okay!’ “
The pandemic delayed the show’s plans a bit, but now it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else stepping into Kamala Khan’s shoes – not when the role fits Vellani so well.
“Getting him to have his powers and me getting the part, totally went together.” He wondered during the press conference. “It’s been a big part of my life before I was cast, and so I’m just excited that people can finally see what I did when I first picked up those comics, and fall in love with Kamala and her world.” Were. It’s so colorful, and… truly a love letter to all MCU fans.”
For Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige, a Ms. Marvel project was always a thing, if not more.
He said, “Every decade a new character comes out that captures the imagination of the audience and this character clearly did that.” “Almost from the first few issues, people started asking us, when we were promoting other things, when is Kamala Khan coming? Ms. Marvel coming?”
“So it always seemed inevitable, in a great way, that we would be able to do it,” he said. “When Disney+ came out, it gave us the opportunity to really do what we really wanted to do which was to tell her full story in six episodes and then turn it into a feature … I want people who have Never even thought of getting excited looking at a Marvel Studios production first and watching this show and then watching everyone else.”
The experience was also special for the directorial duo Adil and Bilal, who handle the premiere and the season 1 finale.
Adil recalled during the press conference, “We were joking and saying, if you’re going to do a Marvel show, it has to be a Muslim character, a Muslim superhero, not knowing that it actually exists. ” “We fell in love with Kamala Khan, her world, her character. We are Moroccan Belgians, so when we were 15, 16, we were looking for our identity, our place in the world… Kamala Khan’s identity crisis felt related to her.”
And for the actors who play Vellani and his onscreen family – mother Muniba (Zonbia Shroff), father Yusuf (Mohan Kapoor), and elder brother Aamir (Sagar Sheikh) – to represent their real-life experiences in such an extraordinary way. The potential of the story is priceless.
Kapoor shared, “It’s an amazing story of a community that is ethnically diverse and culturally rich and for me, coming from that region, I think it’s fantastic.” “The process of entering the mosque, the festival, the wedding ceremony, they are so beautiful and … on that side of the world, they just can’t wait to see it happen.”
“They see, ‘This is us,'” he said. “The fact that if Marvel can run this juggernaut, it’s a big deal for the rest of the world and other production houses … hopefully for the actors, for the writers, for the directors, for the whole Caboodle. To sit down and say, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s show their story and don’t shout from the rooftops.’ It is not a political statement. It is the story of a family, a girl, but it is very beautiful. It is the story of a family that is not their own, but they have called it their home and it is beautiful.”
See more in the video below! Ms. Marvel New episodes debut Wednesday on Disney+.
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