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Marvel Introduces Its First Muslim Superhero With The Upcoming Series ‘Ms. Marvel’

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting its first onscreen Muslim superhero with the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

In 2013, Marvel made history by announcing that a Pakistani-American character Kamala Khan would be taking over the mantle of Ms. Marvel in the comic book series. Nine years later, the MCU is ready to debut the groundbreaking superhero with an eponymous six-episode mini-series, featuring newcomer Iman Vellani as the teen superhero.

The trailer, set to The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’, introduces Kamala as a typical superhero nerd who would rather be fantasizing about kicking a*s with her idol Captain Marvel than attending high school. Her wish soon comes true when she acquires strange, cosmic superpowers like her idols and is tasked with saving the day (like one does).

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Oscar-winning documentary director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (of Saving Face, and A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness) is coming on board as one of the directors, along with Meera Menon (of For All Mankind), Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (of Bad Boys For Live).

The series also star Sagar Shaikh, Aramis Knight, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur. Late last year, Pakistani actor (and everyone’s enduring crush) Fawad Khan confirmed that he would be starring in the series as well and that it was “good fun” and a “wonderful experience” to be a part of the MCU.

The series will premiere on June 8 on Disney+ Hotstar.