Ms. Marvel is unlike any superhero you've met before.
A teenage Pakistani American, Kamala Khan is an Avengers fangirl – with a particular obsession with Captain Marvel – and is navigating school and family life. Of course, this being Marvel, she develops "some fun superpowers" along the way. Playing Kamala is newcomer Iman Vellani, in her first screen role (she’ll also appear in upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels).
"She just had this energy, and this innocence, and this quirkiness to her,” Sana Amanat, who co-created the character, says of casting Vellani while talking with Total Film in the new issue of the magazine, which features Obi-Wan Kenobi on the cover.
"In one of her auditions, she really went from being very nerdy and quirky, to emotional and almost like she had this understanding of a world that someone beyond her years should have."
For anyone unfamiliar with the comics, Amanat likens Kamala – who can be seen in an exclusive new image above – to Peter Parker or Miles Morales. "She’s this young character who is very much a fan of the bigwigs of the Marvel Universe like the Avengers, and she doesn’t feel necessarily like she can stand toe to toe with them. But I think, ultimately, she can, and she does."
You can read more from the team behind Ms. Marvel in the new issue of Total Film magazine, which features our exclusive coverage of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series.
Ms. Marvel will be on Disney Plus from June 8. For much more on the new show, check out the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on Thursday, April 28.
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