The trailer for the upcoming Ms. Marvel series has been released, and fans are both excited and nervous about how the first Pakistani-Muslim superheroine will be represented on the screen.
The show will follow the life of Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from Jersey City, as she navigates her way through high school and her newly discovered powers as a superhero. The main character is played by 16-year-old Pakistani-Canadian actor Iman Vellani. Pakistani actor Nimra Bucha also stars in the show.
Oscar-winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy also directed some episodes of the series, which airs on Disney+ on June 8.
Obaid-Chinoy took to Instagram to announce the release of the trailer, saying “Having just emerged from a year and a half of working on ‘Ms Marvel,’ I cannot wait to share her story with the world — I know many young girls will see a reflection of themselves in her!”
Many fans from across the world were excited to finally see the positive representation of a Muslim female character on on television.
“Finally, Muslim representation [and] Pakistani representation” wrote one fan on social media.
“Dream come true” wrote another fan, while another said “Never thought I’d see a Pakistani girl play a superhero”.
Others were more concerned about the depiction of the Muslim character, as many Hollywood films have often resorted to negative stereotypes.
“Hopefully they will represent Muslims and brown people well” wrote one person on social media.
“Please be good” hoped another.