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Marvel Starts Search For Ms Marvel and Here Come the Theories

Choosing the right person with the right background is important.

Ms Marvel

Just the other day, comics blogger Jeremy Conrad tweeted that the search for Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel has begun. The minute the man tweeted this, well you can guess what happened next. People are still suggesting who could make for the perfect Ms. Marvel.

Ever since the Marvel comic with the Pakistani-American Muslim superhero came out, the brown community has been asking when it will be adapted for the screen. Now that Disney has announced that Ms. Marvel will be adapted as a series for the Disney+ streaming service, the question that remains is – who will play Ms. Marvel?

The truth is that there are no prominent young Pakistani Muslim actresses in the West. That’s why representation and doing this right is crucial.

Jeremy Conrad is keen on casting an unknown for this role.


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G Willow Wilson, the person responsible for co-creating Ms Marvel, also picked up on the tweet. And she got a ton of potential answers.

 

Here are some of the people that Netizens suggested should be perfect for playing Ms Marvel.

Dua Malik

This British-Pakistan is the daughter of Guz Khan in ‘Man Like Mobeen’. While her father is a creative genius with the whole brown-multicultural community rooting for him, how talented is Dua?

The girl does a fair job at being her father’s sister on-screen and she’s the right age. The thing is should we have a British actress take an American role? Then again Tom Holland is British and he became Spider-man.

2. Meesha Shafi

As much as we love this rocker gal, Meesha Shafi just isn’t built for that role. She’s cut out for ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist‘. Another problem is that Brie Larson who plays Captain Marvel is 31, while Meesha Shafi is 37. So that can’t work.

Mehwish Hayat

While she is the ‘Wonder Woman’ of Pakistan, again the issue is that she’s not the right age for the role. Mehwish Hayat is 36 and that would pose the same problem as with Meesha Shafi.


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Mia Khalifa?

The actress to play Ms. Marvel will be a Disney star…enough said. So no thanks to this suggestion.

 

The Unknowns

This brings us to unknown actresses, or in some cases not even actresses. These ladies should get a shot at auditions. If they are a fit, then great.

Ms. Marvel is a comic in the end. Comic fans were rooting for its adaptation for years. Now with all the hype around the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), everyone wants to jump the bandwagon. Amidst all this, someone who’s at least read the comics would be nice.

 

Even this mom wants in.

Even this batch of journalists wants to audition for the role!

Then there are all these fangirls:

Concluding Thoughts

We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope that Marvel does this right. Minority roles are often white-washed or stereotyped, which basically kills the aim behind representation. Since Ms. Marvel is being adapted as a series for Disney+, a young actress should be cast to carry through the whole way.

For those suggesting that an Indian actress be considered, this is like saying that all Japanese and Chinese people are alike (they’re not). It has to be a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager, because all brown people are not the same. Plus, her faith and Pakistani roots are part and parcel of her character growth and story.

 

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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