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Iman Vellani

Iman Vellani
Courtesy of Nick Thompson

Actor, “Ms. Marvel”

Newcomer Vellani, 19, will portray the title character, Kamala Khan, in Disney Plus’ upcoming series ”Ms. Marvel,” and in the feature film ”The Marvels.” The pressure of portraying MCU’s first Muslim hero is slightly daunting, but Vellani remains pragmatic. ”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.”