The tales of white males have lengthy dominated the comedian world. But with the releases of the mega-successful Black Panther in 2018 and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten final 12 months, variety on the large display is, slowly however absolutely, discovering its footing amongst superheroes. Now, it’s the flip of Ms. Marvel – Marvel’s first undertaking with a predominantly South Asian and Middle Eastern solid.
Way again in 2013, Marvel announced that the historically blonde navy hero can be reimagined as Muslim teenager Kamala Khan. Ever since, followers have been eagerly anticipating her arrival. Khan, performed by Iman Vellani, is a Jersey city-raised Pakistani Muslim. Troubled by social media triggered insecurities, alongside the angst of these awkward teen years, she has to take care of racial microaggressions and the burden of changing into a superhero.
Emerging actress Yasmeen Fletcher, of Lebanese-American descent, stars alongside Khan, taking part in the titular character’s greatest good friend, the place the duo bond over their shared experiences as second-generation Muslim immigrants. But their friendship hits a crossroad when, unaware of her good friend’s double life, Nakia grows pissed off with Kamala’s fixed disappearances. Life as a superhero, eh?
Having already labored with Disney+ in Upside Down Magic, Fletcher is a long-standing fan of the OG Ms. Marvel comedian and needed the position from the second she heard in regards to the undertaking. “I was a fan of the comics before I knew that the show was a thing,” Fletcher, 19, says. “And then it was rumoured to be a show and I immediately reached out to my manager to be a part of this, like any place they could fit me in.”
It wasn’t all plain crusing, although. Initially after auditioning in 2020, she learnt that she didn’t get the position. After spending two weeks crying whereas consuming pizza on her good friend’s bed room flooring, her dad shocked her with the information – she was about to play Nakia. “I called my friend as soon as I got the news and said, thanks for the pizza, but I’m actually leaving for six months!” says Fletcher.
Below, we give Yasmeen Fletcher the My Media Diet therapy, discovering out what she’s studying, watching, listening to and laughing at.