‘Ms. Marvel’ star explains why she ‘needed’ the original comics as a young girl

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Iman Vellani is living every Marvel fangirl’s dream right now, having gone straight from her Avengers-decored bedroom to the front of a Marvel Studios camera as Kamala Khan, the protagonist of upcoming Disney Plus series Ms. Marvel.

Kamala Khan herself is a bit of a daydreamer when it comes to superheroes, holding particular admiration for Captain Marvel. Naturally, Vellani’s love for all things Marvel made her a perfect fit for the role, to say nothing of her experiences growing up as a Pakistani-Canadian Muslim, which greatly mirrors Khan’s journey as well.

In the Disney Plus documentary short A Fan’s Guide to Ms. Marvel, Vellani opened up about the importance of representation, and how her own attachment to Ms. Marvel comics as a child helped shaped her love for superheroes, and ultimately made her feel less alone.

My parents would give me $20 of allowance every month. I would spend it on comic books. Then one day I picked up a Ms. Marvel comic cuz it was just like, I’ve never seen a Brown person on the cover of one. And I read it, fell in love with her.

She was just so captivating and fun. She had problems that I had. She had boy troubles and she had problems in school. Iron Man helped her with her physics homework. She was a kid and it showed. Growing up with little to no representation, I needed that. It was basically Marvel comics saying, ‘Hey! You’re not alone!’

Ms. Marvel releases to Disney Plus on June 8.

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Charlotte Simmons

Charlotte Simmons

Charlotte is a freelance writer for We Got This Covered, a graduate of St. Thomas University's English program, a fountain of film opinions, and the single biggest fan of Peter Jackson's 'King Kong,' probably. Having written professionally since 2018, her work has also appeared in The Town Crier and The East