Newcomer Iman Vellani to play Ms Marvel in Disney+ series
Staff Reporter | On 30, Sep 2020
Newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast as Ms Marvel in Marvel’s new Disney+ series.
Reports of the character making her way to the screen first began last summer, as Marvel continued to bring a more diverse line-up of superheroes into the spotlight. The live-action series would be based on the modern incarnation of Ms Marvel, aka. a teenager named Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character to lead a Marvel comic. With polymorphous powers, Ms Marvel can stretch and change her shape, an ability that’s as distinctive as the comic series’ focus on themes of Pakistani-American identity.
Bisha K. Ali, who was a writer on Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, was tapped to serve as showrunner last year. Recently, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon came on board as directors. Now, Deadline reports that they’ve got their leading lady – and, unlike Tatiana Maslany, cast earlier this month as She-Hulk, Vellani is a complete unknown.
What we do know is that Marvel’s Kevin Feige has previously spoken about Ms Marvel being both a small-screen and a big screen presence, which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of Vellani in the future. For attendees of the Toronto Film Festival, though, she may be a familiar name, have been on the festival’s Next Wave Committe for 2019-2020.
Describing herself as “curious, adventurous, meticulous” in her festival profile, she made it clear she was a a Marvel fan when asked who would play her in a movie. “Iron Man… duh,” came the reply.
Ms Marvel Disney+ series in the works
23rd August 2019
A Ms Marvel series is reportedly in the works for Disney+.
The House of Mouse’s subscription streaming service, which will launch in the US this November, has wasted no time in building on the behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with characters such as Loki and Falcon getting their own chance to take the spotlight in solo series. With Captain Marvel dominating the big screen, Marvel is now turning to its other signature female superhero for the small screen.
THR reports that Marvel is developing a live-action series for Disney+ based on the comic Ms Marvel – specifically, the modern incarnation of the character, aka. a teenager named Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character to lead a Marvel comic. With polymorphous powers, she can stretch and change her shape, an ability that’s as distinctive as the comic series’ focus on themes of Pakistani-American identity.
Whether Ms Marvel will tie into the MCU is not yet known, but what we do know is that Britain’s own Bisha K. Ali, who is a writer on Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, has been tapped to serve as showrunner.
Expect to hear more of Marvel’s plans and other Disney+ projects as the D23 Expo takes place this weekend.