Get ready to give more prominence to your idea of who becomes a superhero.
Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ new series “Ms. Marvel” marks the arrival on screen of fan-favorite character Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American and the MCU’s first Muslim hero.
“It’s not really the brunette girls of Jersey City saving the world,” Khan, played by newcomer Iman Vellani, said in the trailer released Tuesday.
But Khan does just that when she develops an energy-based cosmic power similar to her idol, Captain Marvel, after finding a mystical bracelet that unlocks her superhero potential.
This marks a major departure from the character’s comic book origin story, in which Khan’s ability to alter his body into any size or shape was unlocked after being exposed to a provocative vapor. mutations known as the Terrigen Mist.
Marvel first introduced the character in 2013 before giving Khan his own title the following year for an award-winning and historic run.
What has remained the same is the coming-of-age story at the heart of Khan’s journey as she struggles to find her identity while navigating high school, mean girls, crushes and a love eternal for superheroes.
“An avid gamer and voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a mega superhero fan with an oversized imagination, especially when it comes to Captain Marvel,” reads the official description for the series. “Still, Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home, that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes I she’s always admired. Life gets better with superpowers, doesn’t it?”
A new poster unveiled on Tuesday shows Khan in full costume gazing out over the New York skyline.
A newcomer with no previous credits, Vellani was cast in the title role in September after a lengthy casting process.
The series also includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha.
‘Ms. Marvel’ is set to fit in with director Nia DaCosta’s ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel, titled ‘The Marvels,’ starring Brie Larson, which hits theaters in 2023. Khan will appear in the project alongside Monica Rambeau by Teyonah Parris, who debuted in the Disney+ series “WandaVision” last year.
Ms. Marvel is the latest young superheroine to arrive in the MCU on the heels of Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, with many fans suspecting that Marvel is already hard at work putting together a Young Avengers team.
Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) is also set to appear in a future Disney+ series, while America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) will be featured in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” later this year in front of an adult Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) stars in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”.
“Ms. Marvel” will premiere on Disney+ on June 8.