Ms. Marvel is the next in line to premiere on Disney+ after Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight concluded and finally stepped out of the spotlight. Featuring Iman Vellani as the titular character, the upcoming series follows Kamala Khan, a 16-years-old Avengers fan navigating her way through high school, while also dealing with a mystical bangle that grants her superhuman abilities.
Although it's no secret that Brie Larson's Captain Marvel serves as a big influence on the new young heroine, Vellani recently shared another MCU veteran that heavily influenced Ms. Marvel.
During a press event for Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani discussed her time joining the MCU, how Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow influenced Kamala and the significance of her representation.
Vellani revealed that Kamala would mimic those of other MCU heroines, particularly Black Widow's iconic poses, which in a way, serve as a tribute to Natasha Romanoff.
"I've been working on my superpose since I was like ten. But no, I just wanted to stay limber enough to kind of do my stunts," Vellani said. "I have the most incredible stunt double. So we were kinda figuring out what Kamala's fighting style was together. You know, she's not a fighter, she's a sixteen-year-old kid from high school. So, a lot of it was like, 'Okay, she's probably copying everything she sees.' So we included a lot of [Scarlett Johansson's] Black Widow poses, and Brie Larson's iconic Captain Marvel poses. So yea, we've got some fun stuff in there."
While in terms of representation on a global level, Vellani says that she tries to brush it off, mainly to avoid the extreme pressure.
"I try not to think about it, because it's a lot of pressure being the first of anything. I hope people can kind of relate to it in some aspect. Obviously, we can't represent every single Muslim and South Asian in the world, there's two billion of them. I hope people can either see themselves in Kamala or in her family, or in her community, or people at school. There's so many universal characters and I think there's really someone there for everyone," Vellani said.
Considering that Vellani and Kamala are both fangirls of the world of MCU and superheroes, it's good to know that Vellani incorporated Black Widow's fighting style into her character. This would certainly add more anticipation to the fans of the new youngster as they will witness a mix of Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Scarlet Johansson's Black Widow in one character. How cool is that?
However, before going into the world of Black Widows and meeting Natasha Romanoff's sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), Vellani's Kamala will meet Brie Larson's Captain Marvel first in The Marvels, together with Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). How Kamala plays a prominent character in The Marvels will surely unfold when the film hits theaters on July 28, 2023.
Disney+'s Ms. Marvel will premiere on Disney+ on June 8.
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