Variety spoke with Iman Vellani on playing Kamala Khan for the first time. The actress has been filming the Ms. Marvel Disney+ show recently. However, Vellani will then reprise the role of Khan in The Marvels which has already begun filming. On the outside there seems to be a lot of pressure on Vellani as the first Pakistani hero in the MCU. However as Vellani points out, the fact the show is being made is already inspiring enough.
”The fact that the show is being made and they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important]. I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani — it all comes out in the show. People seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.”
Kamal Khan could go on to be a very important cog in the MCU wheel for a long time to come. Vellani herself is only turned or turning 19 this year, so we could have a long time to see the character of Kamala develop from being a kid hero like Spider-Man, into an adult Avenger. One thing fans are eager to see is how Kamala’s powers have changed for the MCU. Both BTS and official photo’s have seen various purple energy constructs and rumors are Ms. Marvel will have some new energy based abilities. I just hope the actual embiggening/stretching aspect remains as I always found that a pretty unique and cool ability. Then again, we do have Fantastic Four coming, and Reed Richards powers are extremely similar.
Kamala Khan didn’t exists when I was a kid reading comics. Yeah I’m old, but the little I know of the character I have liked, so I am keen to see Vellani in the role. I must admit to being more excited for The Marvels than I am the Ms. Marvel show though at this time. I’m guessing, and hope I’m wrong, that Ms. Marvel will be a long, boring origin story. However I think The Marvels could be brilliant potentially as a movie. If I’m wrong about Ms. Marvel, all the better.
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