British-Pakistani actor essays first hijab-wearing role in the Marvel Universe


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

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

Rahman is, thereby, playing the first official hijab-wearing character in the MCU. The actor wanted to audition for the role ever since she noticed a Muslim student wearing a hijab in the background of Parker’s math class. This blockbuster had just depicted a Muslim character as a regular part of American life. Rahman saw this as what it was: a huge step forward for Muslim representation.