During Disney’s Investor Day 2020, Kevin Feige confirmed that newcomer Iman Vellani had been cast in the title role of Ms. Marvel “after a long search.” The series will serve as an origin story for Kamala Khan as well as set-up for the 2023 film The Marvels, in which Vellani will reprise her role alongside Brie Laron’s Carol Danvers and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau.
Matt Lintz and Bruno Carrelli
Despite feeling invisible both at home and at school, Kamala will have some friends by her side in the Disney + Ms. Marvel series. Murphy’s Multiverse shared that Matt Lintz had been tapped for a key role on the show, playing Kamala’s best friend and trusted confidant Bruno Carrelli. He appeared alongside the show’s eponymous hero in the first trailer.
Yasmeen Fletcher as Nakia Bahadir
Yasmeen Fletcher will play another of Kamala Khan’s best friends, Nakia Bahadir. As Murphy’s Multiverse points out, the character famously wears a hijab in the comics, which raised some concerns over whether the live-action series would remain true to this important cultural aspect. Fletcher later confirmed on Instagram that Nakia will be wearing a hijab in the series.
Rish Shah as Kamran
Twitter user @MsMarvelUK shared an image from British Vogue that confirmed Rish Shah had entered the superhero universe to play Kamran, the male lead in the Disney + series. Kamran is a love interest to Kamala and appears in the first trailer clutching a bunch of red roses, though it seems to be nothing more than a daydream from Kamala’s outsized imagination.
Zenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan
Another member of Ms. Marvel’s casting line-up is Zenobia Shroff, who is starring in the series as Muneeba Khan, Kamala’s mom. In the comics, Kamala often clashed with her parents over adhering to Muslim traditions and values, but she was still very close to them. The first trailer confirmed that Kamala remains a practicing Muslim in the MCU.
Mohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan
Bollywood actor Mohan Kapur is playing Yusuf Khan, Kamala’s father in the upcoming superhero series. In her newest solo title The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, Kamala traveled to a distant world to defend its inhabitants from an invading force but later returned home to personal tragedy, learning that her father had been afflicted with an incurable rare disease – thankfully, we have not seen anything of that nature in the MCU version yet.
Laurel Marsden as Zoe Zimmer
Laurel Marsden will also be making the jump into the MCU to play Zoe Zimmer, a character who was introduced in 2014’s Ms. Marvel (Vol. 3) # 1. In the comic books, Zimmer was the first person that Ms. Marvel rescued – after she fell into the Hudson River – even though she was initially perceived as somewhat of a “frenemy” to Kamala at Coles Academic High School.
Aramis Knight as Kareem, aka Red Dagger
Aramis Knight joined the cast of Ms. Marvel as Kareem, aka Red Dagger, a crimefighting character who has a familial connection with the Khan family. According to his Marvel Fandom page, Kareem lived with Kamala’s grandmother in Karachi while completing his university studies during the day, and transformed into the masked hero known as Red Dagger by night.
An Embiggened Look at Ms. Marvel Since Her Debut
Vellani will be joined by several supporting cast members, including Saagar Shaikh who is portraying Aamir Khan, Kamala’s older brother; Travina Springer as Tyesha Hillman, Kamala’s sister-in-law; and Laith Nakli as Sheikh Abdullah, Kamala’s religious mentor. Azhar Usman and Nimra Bucha will also star in the series, though their roles have yet to be confirmed.
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Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.