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People Want Priyanka Chopra to Play a 16-Year-Old Pakistani American Marvel Superhero

Fans are split over who should play Kamala Khan in the slated big-screen debut of Ms. Marvel.
May 15, 2018, 10:41am
Image: @PriyankaLands via Twitter.

Earlier this week Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced a Ms. Marvel movie is "definitely sort of in the works." This will supposedly follow the introduction of Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel in 2019, a new character in the MCU who is predicted to play a game-changing role following Avengers Infinity War.

Despite this being the vaguest announcement possible, fandom has already lost its collective mind over who could play the 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan.

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Twitter is already up in arms over the fancasting of Priyanka Chopra, who voiced Khan in the 2016 mobile video game Marvel: Avengers Academy. Chopra referred to the character as her alter-ego which just adds weight to the squeeing.

Some commenters seemed open to the idea of Chopra as Khan:

However, a section of fans are also specific in wanting a Pakistani or Pakistani-American actor for the role in keeping with the character’s background. Not to mention Chopra’s ability to play a 16-year-old (she's

While Pakistan and India are two distinctly separate countries, as some fans have pointed out, canonically, Khan's family moved to Pakistan in wake of Partition and ethnically Chopra is just as suitable to play the role. Except for her age.

The worldwide success of Black Panther has brought home just how important, and lucrative representation is. Khan—created in 2012 by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona—is Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic book. Set in Jersey City, Khan is a shapeshifter who balances high school, her orthodox parents and superhero-ing. The first volume of the series won a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2015.

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