Ms. Marvel finally cast its Kamala Khan with newcomer Iman Vellani at the end of September and began filming last week. The directors attached to Ms. Marvel are Bad Boys For Life directors Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon, who also directed an episode of The Punisher.
Aside from Vellani, Jasjit Williams and Saagar Shaikh have also been cast as Bruno Carrelli and Aamir Khan. Other characters planned to appear in Ms. Marvel are her closeted bully-turned-friend, Zoe Zimmer, and her sister-in-law Tyesha Hillman. More excitingly, one of these characters is likely to be Sheikh Abdullah, who was a source of religious guidance to Kamala at her local Mosque.
According to Atlanta Filming, Ms. Marvel has begun filming at the Islamic Institute of Atlanta as of Monday, which Atlanta Filming implies will be representing Kamala Khan's Mosque in the show, commenting, "Here is where Ms. Marvel was Monday. The Mosque of Atlanta."
WHAT THIS MEANS
It isn't unsurprising that Ms. Marvel will be representing Kamala Khan's religion, much in the same manner that Netflix did with Matt Murdock's Catholicism. The show will clearly show that Kamala is Muslim, which focuses on many of her conflicts, big and small, in the comics, whether it is being unable to eat a BLM sandwich at her local Circle Q or being a driving force in her heroic philosophy.
In fact, one of the best moments in the comics is when Kamala Khan runs to her Sheikh in a panic because of her having kissed one boy while liking another. So, it will be great to see her local Mosque as a recurring location in the show, especially when it could be hugely beneficial for Muslim audiences to see their religion represented in such a huge franchise.