The official poster for an upcoming Ms Marvel television series reflects the Pakistani heritage of its first Muslim superheroine. The series’ official poster — featuring artwork by Pakistani illustrator Shehzil Malik — was unveiled by Marvel on Wednesday.
“It is great that Marvel reached out to Pakistani artists to add a layer of realness to the story of a Muslim Pakistani American superhero,” Malik told Arab News. The illustrator added that her work aimed at representing the teenage superheroine’s heritage and is a nod to women and girls from the same part of the world.
“It feels amazing to have the art be seen in the global context as a vibrant representation of our lives,” she said. “The themes of Muslim identity and being comfortable in your skin are also there.”
As the series is scheduled to premiere on streaming platform Disney+ on June 8, Malik, like other Marvel fans is excited about the release, but even more so as it features a Pakistani girl. “I am a Marvel fan!” she said. “And I’m very excited to see a show where we will be able to see ourselves and our communities as heroes, especially a young Pakistani girl kicking ass.”
Take a look at the poster:
Produced by Marvel Studios, the series is based on Marvel’s popular comic book of the same title. Co-directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, it features Pakistani-Canadian teenager Iman Vellani as the lead character, Kamala Khan — a Pakistani-American girl from New Jersey.
With Vellani as the headliner, the supporting cast consists of Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, and Travina Springer.
In the earlier development of the highly-awaited project, Manzar Sehbai left the fans surprised with the news of his wife Samina Ahmed’s Hollywood debut in Ms. Marvel. The news came in after an Indian news outlet disclosed that Farhan Akhtar’s stationing in Bangkok, for the shooting of Ms. Marvel along with several international celebrities.
Prior to Ahmed, another Pakistani actor Nimra Bucha transpired to play a supporting role among other celebrities. The series has grabbed the attention of the world. But more so of Pakistanis who are eager to see a Muslim and Pakistani superhero on screen.
A recent update on the shows also revealed that Fawad Khan and Mehwish Hayat will be playing Hasan and Aisha, Kamala Khan’s great-grandparents, in a flashback scene in Ms. Marvel.
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