She fantasises about becoming a superhero.
In the first trailer for Marvel Studios’ new series Ms. Marvel, we meet Kamala Khan, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Muslim hero.
In addition to handling school, boys, and figuring out her future, Kamala embarks on a journey to hone her powers and ultimately save the world.
The trailer offers a guide to Kamala, played by Iman Vellani, a Pakistani-American teenager who loves drawing and comics.
An avid Captain Marvel fan, she fantasises about becoming a superhero.
The series is slated to follow the teenager’s rise to superherodom, as she learns to harness her powers and becomes Ms. Marvel.
The trailer begins with Kamala in the high-school guidance counsellor’s office, while doodles of speech bubbles, hearts and devil horns pop up on the screen.
Kamala is seen as the typical superhero nerd, but at some point, she gets cosmic powers, like the ability to launch energy blasts and create stepping stones to walk in the air.
Later in the trailer, she throws some cosmic punches with a giant, glowing fist.
In 2013, Marvel Comics introduced Kamala Khan who idolises Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.
By 2014, Kamala had superhuman abilities, her solo series and her superhero moniker, making her the first Muslim superhero to headline a Marvel comic.
Iman Vellani won the title role after an extensive search by Marvel Studios.
After the conclusion of the miniseries, Iman will join Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris in the forthcoming feature The Marvels.
In 2021, Iman opened up about joining the MCU and what her character means for representation.
The 19-year-old actress told Variety: “The fact that the show is being made and they’re including this character in the MCU is what’s important.
“I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani – it all comes out in the show.
“People seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.”
In addition to Iman Vellani, Ms. Marvel stars Saagar Shaikh, Aramis Knight, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur.
Bisha K. Ali serves as the series’ executive producer and head writer.
The six-episode first season was directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon, Adil El Arbi, and Bilall Fallah.
Ms. Marvel premieres exclusively on Disney+ on June 8, 2022.