Iman Vellani, star of “Ms. Marvel,” named AP Breakthrough Entertainer of the Year

Iman Vellani, star of “Ms. Marvel,” named AP Breakthrough Entertainer of the Year

Iman Vellani, the breakout star of “Ms. Marvel,” (2022) was named an AP Breakthrough Entertainer of the Year in 2022, after her critically acclaimed role as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel in the series that arrived on Disney+ in June 2022.

Vellani was 18 years old when she was cast. Now 20, she hopes to expand her horizons beyond Marvel, as she noted “I have so much to learn. … I feel Marvel Studios compared to the rest of Hollywood is such a different world. I want to experience what’s out there. I’m in a very lucky position where I’m able to do that, and I’ve built so many incredible connections at this point.” 

“Ms. Marvel” was Vellani’s first starring role, and she will reprise her role in “The Marvels,” in theaters July 2023. Vellani also won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Streaming Series for her portrayal of Kamala Khan, saying in her speech, “I’m so glad that together we could bring this precious, precious, character into the limelight so people can finally see what I saw when I picked up that comic book for the first time.” 

Read more about her experience in the show and as a member of the MCU cast here.

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