Showing greater commitment to the spirit of diversity on the screen, Marvel studios has announced Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani as its new Muslim Marvel superhero in the forthcoming Disney+ series based on the comic-book character, Unilad reported.
Kumail Nanjiani, who will star in Marvel’s forthcoming film The Eternals, celebrated the news.
“Congratulations Iman Vellani! Your work is going to mean so much to so many people, myself included. I can’t wait,” he tweeted.
G Willow Wilson, who co-created the character of Kamala Khan alongside Sana Amanat, wrote: “I guess this news is out. Eyes Congrats, Iman!”
Kevin Feige announced Disney’s plan to introduce Ms. Marvel in a solo Marvel movie project in August 2019 at the Disney’s ultimate fan event D23 Expo.
Later in July 2020, Ms Marvel joined other superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America in a new blockbuster video game.
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Kamela Khan, or Ms Marvel, is a Superhero created by Marvel editor and director Sana Amanat in 2014. The Muslim-American teenager of Pakistani heritage, who has shape-shifting abilities, is the latest character to adopt the Marvel legacy.
The list of Muslim superheroes extends.
Kismet, a ‘Muslim superhero’ back in the 40s of the past century, started fighting the fascists and Nazis in southern France in 1944 during World War II and aided the civilians while wearing his unique remarkable yellow fez of Algeria.
Muslim heroes similar to Kismet appeared in 2000 when DC introduced a Turkish character named Janissary whose last appearance was in 2007.
Marvel character Monet St. Croix debuted in 1994 but wasn’t identified as a Muslim character until 2011. In 1995, Marvel introduced a Syrian superhero named Batal and immediately killed him off.