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Meet Marvel's first on-screen Muslim hero: Iman Vellani

She'll play the titular role in Disney+'s upcoming 'Ms. Marvel' series.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

It's official (at least according to Variety): teenage newcomer Iman Vellani will play Ms. Marvel in  Disney+'s upcoming Ms. Marvel series, effectively becoming Marvel's first on-screen Muslim hero. The hero's landing on the Marvel scene was also a long time coming—she became Marvel's first Muslim character to star in her own title in 2014, a mere six years ago.

When not embracing her superhero persona, Ms. Marvel is actually 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teenager that lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to Marvel, the character idolizes "super heroes like Captain Marvel, never dreaming she'd have the opportunity to join her role models in safeguarding society from the forces of evil." Her superpower? An inhuman ability to alter shapes and sizes. According to Deadline, "Kamala Khan will [also] be included in future Marvel films."

This isn't the only Marvel series currently in the works over at Disney+. The much-anticipated WandaVision is dropping in the next few months, followed by Loki and The Falcon and Winter Soldier in 2021. Reports also indicate that the great Samuel L. Jackson will likely reprise his role as Nicky Fury for an entirely new upcoming series.

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