Disney+’s Ms. Marvel adds Laurel Marsden as Zoe Zimmer
As production continues for Ms. Marvel in Atlanta, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Disney+’s upcoming MCU series has added a new member to its ensemble cast with newcomer Laurel Marsden (Survive), who has been tapped to portray Zoe Zimmer, who in the comics was a bully at first to Kamala Khan and her friends Bruno and Nakia though would later become friends with them.
In addition, according to Murphy’s Multiverse, The production for Ms. Marvel is reportedly set to film in Bangkok, Thailand next as soon as the Atlanta filming wraps next month.
Ms. Marvel is a new series that introduces Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. A great student, an avid gamer, and a voracious fanfiction scribe, she has a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school–that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with super powers, right?
The project was first confirmed at last year’s D23 event, with British writer Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) attached to write and showrun the series, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also confirmed that she along with Moon Knight and She-Hulk will all eventually make their way to the big screen.
The series will be led by newcomer Iman Vellani as the titular hero. Joining her are Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha.
The episodes are directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Though the Ms. Marvel moniker has been around for decades, originally the superhero name for Carol Danvers, the Khan character took on the name. A Pakistani-American, Khan joined the Marvel comics universe back in 2014 as a result of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mists being released, triggering her shapeshifting powers. Not only is she capable of stretching her limbs to great lengths and widths, but she can also grow or shrink to incredible sizes. Khan is also inspired by Carol Danvers, who at that point had been “promoted” to the role of Captain Marvel, and decides to take on her old moniker of Ms. Marvel to fight crime and do good.
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