Mrs Miracle, currently airing on Disney+, is a series for all kids who dream of becoming a hero. Aramis Knight, who plays Red Dagger and was introduced last week, was once such a kid – and his early appearance in The Dark Knight rises Giving way to a career that has seen him fight alongside Iman Vellanis Kamala Khan in a Marvel show.
Episode 4 of Mrs Miracle sent Kamala to her family’s hometown of Karachi, where she met a boy named Kareem (knight) who knew of the clan destinies and wanted to help her unlock her full super potential. Although not much is known about him and his backstory yet, it is clear that he is an important part of Kamala’s growth and has a place in future stories about the heroine.
screen rant spoke to Knight about how his family reacted to him becoming a Pakistani superhero and how his work continued To the wastelands set him up for the fight sequences and where he hopes his character will go next.
Screen Rant: I love the show and I’m sure you’re so proud. What are you most proud of when it comes to joining the Marvel Universe?
Aramis Knight: Being an actor is really hard. Being a part of Marvel is even harder, so I’m really proud of that.
But even more, I’m really proud to be able to represent this culture on mainstream television for the first time. It’s the first time South Asians have been represented in this way – especially since it’s also a superhero show. I think it’s important that everyone has a superhero to look up to, and as a kid I didn’t have a superhero that really looked or sounded like me or was really related to me. To be that person for my family to take home and to honor my grandmother in this way is truly a dream come true.
You can also say that you are really taking in this moment. I was checking out your Instagram and you posted this video of your mom in the background of one of your interviews, in tears. How is your family feeling right now?
Aramis Knight: Oh my god, they’re just over the moon. My mother always did everything for me. I started out in this industry [young], and she did everything for me; raised by a single mother. Having her there and having my dad there – having them together was just amazing, you know?
It’s not often that I see my parents together, let alone in a place where we celebrate my heritage and my grandmother. And really, my success, which is largely thanks to my mother, to be honest,
You are credited The Dark Knight rises like the kid with the apple.
Aramis Knight: Yes, my claim to fame. [Laughs] My claim to fame.
I find this funny because you and Christian Bale are both coming to Marvel at the same time.
Aramis Knight: Yes, right. TRUE. I actually saw him at the Thor premiere; which was really cool. I really look up to him, so that was a really cool moment. But yeah, Kid with Apple, man. That’s how it all started. After I was rescued by Catwoman, I was like, “Nah, fuck it. I’ll become Red Dagger so nobody ever has to save me again.”
What would you tell this child about where you are now?
Aramis Knight: Wow, what a good question. I’d tell him… It’s a quote from Donda West: “You can have your feet on the ground and your head in the sky at the same time.” I would tell him that.
Tell me about Red Dagger. What is your favorite quality about this character or what you learned from immersing yourself in the process?
Aramis Knight: Aside from learning a whole new dialect and really immersing myself in my culture, which I’ve never immersed myself in in as much detail as I did with this show, I think I’ve also learned a lot about myself as a martial artist . Coming from a martial arts show on AMC, I came in with a lot of training already. But when I came in I realized I had to create a different style for Karim.
And that’s my favorite part of being an actor, being able to constantly learn new things. And to be able to bring a half-refound passion in the last five years, Wushu martial arts, to this new show and actually apply it to the big screen by doing all my hand-to-hand combat, it’s been great. Daniel Wu is also my mentor and he is incredibly happy for me.
Is Red Dagger here for the long haul you think?
Aramis Knight: Yes, I think so.
Great. Tell me about working with Iman because when I spoke to her, she was Miss Marvel personified.
Aramis Knight: Oh my god. I love this girl. She’s one of my best friends. We talk all the time; very rarely about work at all.
And indeed, after our premiere, we had a moment where I pulled her aside. I said, “Hey Iman, I know everyone says that to you already. I told her I was just so impressed with her. Her spice, her performance doesn’t make sense considering how little experience she has.
She is just so professional, such a wonderful person. yes i love this girl love her forever
I have to ask you the cliche Marvel transition questions of who your favorite Marvel character or project was Mrs Miracle?
Aramis Knight: The original Iron Man was the first MCU film I ever saw. The first MCU film in general, right? It’s the first on the timeline. I’ve always thought of the RDJ as an actor, so I love Iron Man.
I love Logan too. Logan is such a good movie; Wolverine. I also really loved Deadpool. But Moon Knight was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen because I’m such a huge Oscar Isaac fan. And then the Kid Cudi track in the trailer got me so excited for this show.
Episode 4 begins and things get wild. What can you tease about the remaining episodes?
Aramis Knight: Well, you see Kamala achieving her superhero form. I feel like the first few episodes really focus on her trying to figure out where her normal life and her superhero life coexist, and I think you really see her figure it out. Kareem becomes a great ally for her and someone she can really count on and lean on.
There’s definitely more to come.
Mrs Miracle summary
A great student, avid gamer, and voracious fanfiction writer, she has a special affinity for superheroes, especially Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to adjust at home and at school — that is, until she gains superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life is easier with superpowers, right?
Take a look at our interviews Mrs Miracle Stars Iman Vellani, Mohan Kapur, Zenobia Shroff & Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Yasmeen Fletcher & Matt Lintz and Travina Springer.
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