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Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Star Explains Importance of Ms. Marvel

The animated movie Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will see Kathreen Khavari play the part of Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. Last December, Marvel Animation announced an exciting new animated movie, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, expanding upon several fan-favorite characters.

This project assembles a talented voice-cast, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen as Quake and the villain, Hala; Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl; and Dove Cameron as Ghost Spider (better known to comic book readers as Spider-Gwen). Kathreen Khavari has voiced Ms. Marvel in some of Marvel's animated shows before, but she will now get the opportunity to explore the character more extensively.

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Speaking exclusively to Screen Rant at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Khavari explained just how much the character of Ms. Marvel means to her:

"I love Ms. Marvel. She means a lot to me because I see so much of myself in her. As a brown girl and as a girl who comes from a Muslim family. And I've played her in the past in Avengers (animated) series. But to see her background, to see where she comes from and to really delve further into who Ms. Marvel is extremely exciting for me because I think she's important not just as a character in the Marvel universe, but as a character for the world to look at. And to fight the stereotypes that are so dangerous and false about Muslims. I think that she's doing that for us."

One of Marvel's most successful heroes in the comics, Kamala Khan is a unique character. She was created at a time when most successful comic book characters were those with decades of history behind them, and writer G. Willow Wilson actually had a three-issue exit strategy. To Marvel's surprise, though, Kamala was a tremendous success. The character is a complex one, exploring themes of traditionalist faith in the context of social justice. She's thoroughly grounded in the real world - so much so that Kamala's first super-villain was actually a villain trying to persuade today's teenagers that they were worthless.

Like all the best superheroes, it's Kamala's world that really makes her comic work. She has a rich and diverse background cast, and Wilson has fleshed all of those secondary characters out to the extent that they feel every bit as real as Kamala herself. Although Ms. Marvel has appeared in previous Marvel animated projects before, that world has been relatively unexplored. Khavari's comment suggests that won't be the case with Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, and that, this time, viewers will get a chance to meet Kamala's friends and family.

Over on the big screen, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige recently teased that Marvel Studios is looking to adapt Ms. Marvel for the MCU. He seems to be aiming to create a comic-book-accurate version of the character, explaining that Marvel had to introduce Carol Danvers first before diving deeper into that franchise's lore. It seems Kamala Khan's future is bright - across every medium.

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