Leading actress Mehwish Hayat just made her debut in Hollywood with the latest episode of MsMarvel, and Pakistani Twitter is bursting with pride about her appearance in the series.
Mehwish Hayat appears as the protagonist Kamala’s great-grandmother Aisha, in the third episode of the series. Aisha’s role bridges the connection between past and present, and is huge to the main story tying it all together.
— #MsMarvel UK⚡️ (@MsMarvelUK) June 22, 2022
Ms. Marvel revolves around a Pakistani-American girl Kamala Khan, the first-ever Hollywood Muslim superhero. The episode with Mehwish opens with Kamala in the past- in British-occupied India in 1942. There, Najma — looking exactly as she does in the present day — is digging through an artifact-laden temple. She finds a severed arm with a very familiar-looking bangle attached and is quickly joined by her cohorts, including Kamala’s great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat).
Pakistani Twitter is extremely psyched about Hollywood’s inclusion of a superhero of another ethnicity in their movies, and Mehwish Hayat has lately been amongst top Twitter trends.
And no that wasn’t Priyanka Chopra at the beginning of the episode – That was Mehwish Hayat. 👀
The cameo may have not meant a thing to anyone but Pakistanis. We losing our shit. 🤣
— 𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥 (@unpakistani) June 22, 2022
— Syed Razi Jaffery (@RaziJaffery) June 22, 2022
Earlier, Mehwish also lauded Hollywood over Marvel’s first Muslim superhero ‘Ms. Marvel’ in a Twitter post, recognizing the importance of lending proper representation to Muslims in global media.
Great news! Glad to see that the tide is turning. Hollywood seems to be accepting the problem. Long way to go, but it is a start. Hope others will also take heed about representation.https://t.co/dmyz7sSddr
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) September 5, 2019