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1st Muslim Marvel Star Iman Vellani Thrilled To Bring Superhero To All-New 'Diaspora of Fans'

As Marvel's first Muslim superhero, Iman Vellani is looking forward to bringing "a whole new diaspora of fans into the MCU."

ES Staff  |  TV Drama & Action

Ms. Marvel premiered on June 8 on Disney+, and the role of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is played by 19-year-old Pakistani-Canadian actress Vellani. This is the MCU's seventh TV show.

During an interview with the BBC's Asian Network, Vellani said she was eager to see how Marvel fans reacted to the piece, which deals with what it means to be a fan. "I can't wait to hear what they have to say. " Everyone in my Pakistani family is ecstatic."

When she was cast as 16-year-old Kamala, she claimed to be 17 years old.

To use as much of my real life as possible, the directors and I had numerous discussions. My time with Kamala has made me feel like I've lived her life to the fullest."

It was a pleasure for Vellani's British co-star Rish Shah to blend in on set as Kamran.

He told the BBC, "It's not often that I get to go to a set where I feel so much like I belong, where you can blend in so seamlessly, and where people who look like us are all around us, in the crew, the actors, and the writers' room."

In the business right now, that doesn't happen all that often, but I hope that this opens up more opportunities like that. I consider myself really fortunate to be a part of it."

Shah cited the worldwide success of Black Panther when he was questioned if the show's South Asian culture will appeal to a broader audience.

"Even though we don't always understand other cultures, people want to learn about them."

On July 13, the show will wrap off its six-episode run. Phase Four of the MCU includes this. As a prelude to The Marvels, which is scheduled for release next year. Along with the rest of the TV show's cast members, Vellani will portray Khan in the film.