Ms. Marvel is a special kind of series that not only represents something important to a community but also adds a little something special to a franchise. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going on for quite some time now, but they still find ways to reinvigorate the world and offer something to its audience. That was one of the appeals to Yasmeen Fletcher, who plays Nakia in Ms. Marvel, as she reveals in an interview with WWD.
I think the first Marvel movie I watched in theaters was ‘Guardians of the Galaxy. And I’d seen a couple at home before then, but ever since then, I was looking forward to every movie on the edge of my seat, trying to theorize, connect different things. I’ve been a huge fan, so this was the dream call, basicallyYasmeen Fletcher
She also shares how she got the role of Ms. Marvel, especially highlighting that it was a friend of hers that got her into the original comics before she tried to get an audition with the help of her manager.
A friend of mine who’s a huge Marvel fan was, like, ‘There’s this comic series that I think you would really like. I think it’s something that you’d relate to. Then when the rumor for the show came out, I sped to my computer to email my manager and be, like, ‘If there’s any possibility of me being a part of this in any way, please, I would love to be a part of this.Yasmeen Fletcher
In a surprising twist, it seems that even after auditioning she didn’t initially get the role. Her manager had to tell her that they passed on her only for two weeks later to get the call where they decided for her to take on the role after all.
After doing the test, I texted my manager and told her how it went and the next day she called me and was, like, ‘So bad news. You actually didn’t get the part. It’s not going for you, they’re still looking, I’m so sorry.’ And that was world ending, devastating,” she says. “So for two weeks, I was completely convinced that I didn’t get the part and it wasn’t going [to] me, and then out of the blue, I got a call from my manager again, saying, like, ‘Hey, in a really strange turn of events, it’s coming right back for you.’Yasmeen Fletcher
It definitely sounds like it was a rollercoaster to join the Marvel project, but she highlights how much it meant to her to take on this role in the past. It’ll be interesting to see how her character’s story unfolds in the series as we get a clearer look throughout the next few episodes and how Nakia’s own pursuits may stand out throughout the season.