Disney have found their Ms. Marvel according to a Deadline story by Justin Kroll. Hollywood newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast to play the character created by G. Willow Wilson for Marvel. While the comic, currently being written by Saladin Ahmed, is going strong for Marvel, this is their first foray into live-action visualized storytelling with the character and fans have been celebrating the news on social media.
Ms. Marvel is currently being penned by Bisha K. Ali. Disney recently announced a directorial team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon. This is a project the company has emphasized churning out given Ms. Marvel’s widespread popularity and the people they’ve brought aboard reflect that. Disney know this project is important and they’ve been taking it seriously. They have not commented on the Deadline report, however.
Ms. Marvel is a Pakistani-American teenaged girl from New Jersey. She is an Inhuman and she gained her powers through Terrigensis after Black Bolt destroyed Attilan to stop Thanos in Inhumanity after the events of Infinity in the comics. The comics have been one of Marvel’s best selling comics since their launch and regularly feature light-hearted stories, but they haven’t been afraid to give Ms. Marvel real problems to deal with or to add her to the main roster of Marvel’s larger comic events. How this translates to television remains to be seen, but one would expect the television show to be in line with the comics, both in terms of tone and style, but Disney have yet to comment on the casting of Ms. Marvel, so we won’t know for a while.