Fawad Khan officially made his debut in the MCU and did the most Fawad-thing ever, making everyone swoon with his natural and otherworldly charm. He appeared in a full-fledged role in the 5th episode of Ms. Marvel, after making a sneak peek appearance last week. Fawad Khan’s role in the series was confirmed last year, and the studio managed to keep most of the details a secret despite a leak.
Fawad plays Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) aka Ms. Marvel’s great-grandfather, Hasan and Mehwish Hayat play Aisha, Kamala’s great-grandmother, who is one of the clandestine, and from whom she inherited the magical bangles. The 5th episode features a flashback montage at the time of pre-partition when India was under British colonial rule. Fawad’s character Hasan is a Muslim freedom fighter in British Occupied India who dreams of an independent nation. Hasan meets Aisha and a beautiful romance ensues between the two, leading to them getting married and starting a family.
Casting Fawad Khan was a genius move
Casting the Pakistani heartthrob, who is equally popular in India, was nothing short of a genius move on part of the Studios, and Disney+Hotstar further exploited his fandom by releasing a trailer on Wednesday featuring him and Mehwish Hayat, increasing the anticipations even more, especially after a glimpse of Fawad was seen in a photo frame in Kamala’s grandmother’s room in the 4th episode.
Some fans even joked how the actor was the key to getting the South Asian audience to watch the show.
Marvel successfully using Fawad Khan to make everyone in this region watch Ms marvel. https://t.co/rE6L01kMZo
— Ayesha (@ayishaikon) June 29, 2022
Another fan shared how if there’s one thing India and Pakistan agree on, it’s Fawad Khan; again underlining how casting him tapped into a whole niche of audience from the Indian sub-continent.
— Shilpa (@shilpakannan) July 6, 2022
Social Media abuzz since the episode aired
Fans have been going gaga over Fawad’s appearance on the show. Ever since the episode aired social media has been abuzz with people sharing how mesmerizing it was to watch the angelic man on screen.
— HAS – NAIN (@hasnain_mansoor) July 6, 2022
— . (@reblmoon) July 6, 2022
An absolute king! 🤍
— Joweria (@JoweriaMalik_) July 6, 2022
Another fan wrote, “#FawadKhan saying “hum leke rahenge Azadi, Jor se bolo Azadi” while playing an Indian freedom fighter against the oppressive British regime just might be the best thing from MCU for a long time.”
Apart from the brown audience, Fawad Khan got global exposure by being cast in the MCU series as well and left quite an impact, to say the least.
THIS PERSON IS HOT WHOEVER THIS IS
— e (@FAIRYODDPENlS) June 30, 2022
We really explored history and the backstory to Kamala grandparents also #MehwishHayat and #FawadKhan take a bow so glad to have known this amazing love story ❤️💐🌺🌹#MsMarvel another cliffhanger kamran wow the representation of india and pakistan thank you #MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/T5IWd2DONL
— Dale midnight's (@MidnightDale) July 6, 2022
A lot of fans couldn’t help but adore the effortless and pleasing chemistry Fawad and Mehwish Hayat shared on-screen as well.
— ridz (@filmkirbys) July 6, 2022
Another big name from the Indian subcontinent featuring in the series is Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who featured in the 4th episode last week. He played the role of Waleed, leader of a vigilante group called the Red Daggers.