Iman Vellani’s Instagram bio reads:
“Dream big. It might come true.”
The 18-year-old Markham, Ontario native has been chosen for the titular role in the new Disney Plus series ‘Ms. Marvel.’
After a lengthy process and numerous auditions, Marvel eventually tapped the Canadian teen as the one right for the role.
“Speechless and excited! Wish me luck,” says Markham teen, Iman Vellani, on her casting as the newest Marvel superhero, Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim hero in the Marvel universe. (She has stretching powers, and is not to be confused with Captain Marvel from the movie.) @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/OQGfPA3V0n
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) September 30, 2020
The role is Vellani’s first major Hollywood project. But she did play a role in the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Vellani is an alumni of the TIFF Next Wave committee. The committee for TIFF 2019 was made up of 12 GTA student film lovers of all different backgrounds.
The committee’s focus is highlighting under-represented voices in film.
Vellani told CBC last year about the committees desire to see stories told from diverse backgrounds.
“We want stories from different genders and different countries and different people.”
I just saw they cast Ms. Marvel and legit got teary eyed.
Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 30, 2020
The new series revolves around fictional superhero Kamala Khan. Khan is a Pakistani-American teen based in New Jersey.
Khan is Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline their own comic book. The character debuted in the ‘Captain Marvel’ comic in August 2013 before getting her own solo series in early 2014.
In addition to appearing in the series, the character will feature in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
By Michael Ranger
IMAN VELLANI JOINS WAVE OF CANADIAN SUPERHERO TALENT AT MARVEL STUDIOS AS MUSLIM MS. MARVEL
Markham, Ont., teen is latest in a string of Canadian recruits
When it comes to the next wave of Marvel content, the studio responsible for Avengers: Endgame is increasingly looking north to fill out its ranks.
Iman Vellani of Markham, Ont., appears to be the latest addition. According to reports, Vellani will be starring as Ms. Marvel in an upcoming TV series for Disney+.
Disney has not confirmed the news, but G. Willow Wilson, the comic writer and creator of the character, said on Twitter: “I guess the news is out.”
“She is the real deal,” Wilson wrote.
I guess this news is out. 👀 Congrats, Iman! https://t.co/F3VAca5uiQ
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) September 30, 2020
As Marvel moves on from the decade-long string of films that culminated in the Avengers finale, the studio is starting to reflect the diverse heroes that have populated Marvel comic books for years. Ms. Marvel will be the studio’s first series centred around a Muslim superhero. In the comic, Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teen who lives with her family in New Jersey. READ MORE