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Marvel’s first hijab-wearing character to appear in ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’

Actress Zoha Rahman on the set of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’ Photo: Forbes

 

Published in Geo on July 2nd, 2019,

Muslim representation is finally making its way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the first hijab-clad character is officially getting introduced in Spider-Man: Far from Home.

In the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zoha Rahman plays Peter Parker aka Spider-Man’s classmate joining him on a field trip across Europe.

However, since the student in the first film was just an extra, Rahman is now officially the first hijab-wearing character in the MCU.

Zoha Rahman poseing with some friends. Photo: Forbes

In an interview with Forbes, Rahman said she did not know she was auditioning for the film until she was in the room.

“I didn’t actually know what I was auditioning for until I was in the audition room,” Rahman said.

 

After signing a non-disclosure agreement that she received a script with the hero’s name front and centre, which was when she found out she would be starring in Spider-Man: Far from Home.

 

Zoha Rahman celebrating her last day on set. Photo: Zoha Rahman Instagram

“It meant so much to me. For me to have the opportunity to play a character and represent so many girls that I know personally and that I love and admire,” she told Forbes.

Rahman also spoke about her iconic role as Parker’s Muslim friend, which she feels a hijab-clad character will help to break barriers in Hollywood.

Zoha Rahman adjusts her costume on set. photo: Forbes

As a brown Muslim working on a Hollywood set, it was a surprising experience for her.

“In all my years of dreaming about working on a Hollywood set, I never thought it would become a reality…. It’s a sad by-product of the lack of representation on screen that actors like myself never truly believe in themselves,” Rahman added.

Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home sees protagonist Parker played by Tom Holland, take on his superhero responsibilities again when Samuel L Jackson’s super-spy Nick Fury, a regular Avengers character, asks him to step up against a new threat.

The film follows on from Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, the finale to a decade-long superhero series.

Spider-Man: Far from Home begins its worldwide cinema roll-out this week.

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