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Malala Shares Joy in Seeing Pakistani Representation in New Ms. Marvel Series

Ms. Marvel, the MCU’s first Muslim superhero – just got the ultimate shout out from Malala Yousafzai!

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who shares an interview with the show’s co-creator Sana Amanat in her latest Podium newsletter, explains that she got to see the first few episodes ahead of their release on Disney+ tomorrow and girl, was she impressed!

Malala, who was born in Mingora, Pakistan, explains that she was particularly struck by lead character Kamala Khan, the 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants who lives in New Jersey and transforms into Ms. Marvel:


“She talks with her friends about Bollywood actor Shak Rukh Khan, listens to Pakistani pop songs and eats chicken biryani with her family. And I suspect many Pakistani kids will see their own parents in Kamala’s genial father and strict mum,” Malala writes.

The Ms. Marvel twitter page also shared a hand-written note from Malala herself which reads:

“It is not every day that I turn on the TV and find a character who eats the same foods, listens to the same music or uses the same Urdu phrases as me.”

The note continues: “What a joy to see Ms. Marvel reflect the lives of Pakistani immigrant family and reveal a young superhero whose powers connect to her heritage. Thank you, Marvel and Disney+, and most importantly, Ms. Marvel.”

The cast of Ms. Marvel is wonderfully diverse and features Iman Vellani in the title role, alongside co-stars Mohan Kapur, Aramis Knight, Rish Shah, Travina Springer and many more.

(Feature Image Credit: Malala photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images; Ms. Marvel promo poster courtesy Disney+)

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