Ms. Marvel trailer features the MCU's first-ever Muslim character

Marvel’s first Muslim superhero: Meet newcomer Iman Vellani, 19, who stars as Ms. Marvel in action-packed trailer for new Disney+ series

  • The 19-year-old daughter of Pakistani Muslim immigrants in Canada makes her acting debut as Kamala Khan – an imaginative, Captain Marvel-obsessed Pakistani-American 16-year-old living in New Jersey 
  • Not much is known about Vellani, who directed two short films (available on Vimeo ) and served on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave Committee in 2019 
  • The character – first introduced by Marvel in 2013 – discovers that she can walk on air among other purple-hued energy blasting abilities

Marvel unveiled their first ever Muslim character in the trailer for Disney+ series Ms. Marvel starring newcomer Iman Vellani on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old daughter of Pakistani Muslim immigrants in Canada makes her acting debut as Kamala Khan – an imaginative, Captain Marvel-obsessed Pakistani-American 16-year-old living in New Jersey.

Not much is known about Vellani, who directed two short Vimeo films and served on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Next Wave Committee in 2019.

‘I’m a superhero!’ Marvel unveiled their first ever Muslim character in the trailer for Disney+ series Ms. Marvel starring newcomer Iman Vellani on Tuesday

The first trailer for the series – which is streaming from June 8 – Kamala is sat in class daydreaming and she later says during the preview: Maybe they’re right. I spend too much time in fantasy land.’

‘It’s not really the brown girls from Jersey City who save the world. That’s a fantasy too.’

After finding a magical wrist cuff inside a trunk, Khan develops ‘cosmic’ superpowers.

The character – first introduced by Marvel in 2013 – discovers that she can walk on air among other purple-hued energy blasting abilities. 

Bullied: The 19-year-old daughter of Pakastani Muslim immigrants in Canada makes her acting debut as Kamala Khan – an imaginative, Captain Marvel-obsessed Pakastani-American 16-year-old living in New Jersey

Kamala says in the preview: ‘Maybe they’re right. I spend too much time in fantasy land. It’s not really the brown girls from Jersey City who save the world. That’s a fantasy too’

After finding a magical wrist cuff inside a trunk, Khan develops ‘cosmic’ superpowers


Super powers: The character – first introduced by Marvel in 2013 – discovers that she can walk on air among other purple-hued energy blasting abilities

‘I always thought I wanted this kind of life, but I never imagined any of this’: In the teaser – set to The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights – Kamala used one hand to close her bedroom door from several feet away

In the teaser – set to The Weeknd’s 2020 hit Blinding Lights – Kamala used one hand to close her bedroom door from several feet away.

‘I always thought I wanted this kind of life, but I never imagined any of this,’ she says.

Fans on Twitter were perplexed as to why Khan no longer has the power of elongation, healing, altering her size, or shapeshifting into other people and inanimate objects.

However, there was one moment in the trailer where Kamala elongated her fist in order to punch a baddie. 

Twitter users reacted to the Muslim representation in the film following the release of the trailer.

One person said: ‘Ms Marvel looks great. It’s all that really matters to me. It makes me happy to see this. I don’t care if they changed her power set. Show will do great. GOOD to see a Muslim superhero.

While another said: ‘Thank you to all for giving Muslim actors [a] platform to perform great to have first Muslim superhero. Thank you #MarvelStudios.’

Let’s go! Twitter users reacted to the Muslim representation in the film following the release of the trailer

Another said: ‘Ms Marvel as Muslim hero lets gaauuur [go]!’

A fourth wrote: ‘Some ppl pretend to be Ms Marvel fans but really are not. I’m not well versed in Ms Marvel but happy to see a Muslim superhero. Some ppl just hate diversity and representation.’

A different person wrote: ‘The way I’m hyped for #MsMarvel and to have a Muslim superhero to point at and adore.’

One other said: ‘I hope Ms Marvel is good. We’re finally getting Pakistni Muslim rep.’

However one person issued their concerns about Ms Marvel’s change in powers, and said: ‘No one is worried that Ms Marvel is Muslim that’s always been the case, it’s the fact that they changed her powers.

‘Tbh it’s slightly annoying but at the same time idc cuz Marvel always delivers.’ 

However one person issued their concerns about Ms Marvel’s change in powers, and said: ‘No one is worried that Ms Marvel is Muslim that’s always been the case, it’s the fact that they changed her powers’

Different from the comic: Fans on Twitter were perplexed as to why Khan no longer has the power of elongation, healing, altering her size, or shapeshifting into other people and inanimate objects

Stretch! However, there was one moment in the trailer where Kamala elongated her fist in order to punch a baddie

Defensive: She could also be seen creating a force field to protect herself and another character from a hail of bullets


Cast: Newcomer Saagar Shaikh portrays her concerned big brother Amir Khan and Zenobia Shroff (The Affair, The Big Sick) portrays her mother Muneeba Khan

Ensemble: Matt Lintz (R) portrays Kamala’s best friend Bruno Carrelli in Ms. Marvel – which also features Mohan Kapur, Aramis Knight, Rish Shah, Anjali Bhimani, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, and Travina Springer

She could also be seen creating a force field to protect herself and another character from a hail of bullets.

Newcomer Saagar Shaikh portrays her concerned big brother Amir Khan and Zenobia Shroff (The Affair, The Big Sick) portrays her mother Muneeba Khan.

Matt Lintz portrays Kamala’s best friend Bruno Carrelli in Ms. Marvel – which also features Mohan Kapur, Aramis Knight, Rish Shah, Anjali Bhimani, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, and Travina Springer. 

One the left: Some eagle-eyed fans predicted that one of the shadowy figures in a foggy line-up during the preview was Tyrone Johnson/Cloak played by Aubrey Joseph (Cloak & Dagger, Runaways)

Excited? Bisha K. Ali (Loki, Four Weddings and a Funeral) created the six-episode series, which premieres June 8 on Disney+


Next year! Iman is already set to reprise her role as Kamala Khan and meet her idol Carol Danvers (R, Oscar winner Brie Larson) in The Marvels, which premieres February 17, 2023

Some eagle-eyed fans predicted that one of the shadowy figures in a foggy line-up during the preview was Tyrone Johnson/Cloak played by Aubrey Joseph (Cloak & Dagger, Runaways).

Bisha K. Ali (Loki, Four Weddings and a Funeral) created the six-episode series, which premieres June 8 on Disney+

Iman is already set to reprise her role as Kamala Khan and meet her idol Carol Danvers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) in The Marvels, which premieres February 17, 2023.

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