Iman Vellani explains why she ‘fell in love’ with Ms. Marvel as a child
Iman Vellani explains why she fell in love with Ms. Marvel as a child. As Vellani prepares for the Ms. Marvel premiering on June 8, 2022, she made her love for Marvel a secret. In fact, that’s one of the reasons she fits so well in the role of Kamala Khan. On the show, Khan is a huge Captain Marvel fangirl, just like Vellani is in real life. Vellani’s fan status doesn’t end there, as she’s a huge fan of the entire Marvel Universe.
In fact, a throwback photo sees Vellani already donning the Ms. Marvel uniform she made for herself as a child. On top of that, she has a video on Vimeo that expresses her love for Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Her entire closet is even filled with Iron Man merch and she keeps a list of her questions and ideas for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Needless to say, she may even be the biggest Marvel fan in the MCU.
However, her suitability for the role of Ms. Marvel goes far beyond being a Marvel fan. Like Khan, she claims the energy, passion and positivity that she imparts to those around her. Plus, she’s a very talented actress who can easily switch between being an awkward teenager and being a soulful, mature superhero. Vellani more than earned his role as Khan, and in doing so, took on a huge challenge. After all, she’s the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero and its second Pakistani-American. While that’s certainly a heavy load to shoulder, it’s part of the reason Vellani is so passionate about Ms. Marvel..
Vellani falls in love with Ms. Marvel as a child
In a Ms. Marvel Fan’s Guide on Disney+, Vellani opened up about what makes her love Ms. Marvel. Vellani explained that her parents gave her a $20 allowance and she spent it on comic books. One day, she simply chose a Ms. Marvel cartoon and fell in love. Above all, she loved that Ms. Marvel was someone she could relate to. She grew up seeing almost no performances, but Ms. Marvel changed that. The comics portrayed Ms. Marvel as fun and captivating, but also as a typical child who dealt with the same problem as Vellani. Check out his quote below:
My parents gave me $20 allowance every month. I would spend it on comics. Then one day I picked up a Ms. Marvel comic because it was like I had never seen a brown person on the cover of one. And I read it, I fell in love with it.
She was so captivating and fun. She had issues that I had. She had boy trouble and she had trouble at school. Iron Man helped her with her physics homework. She was a kid and it showed. Growing up with little to no representation, I needed it. It was basically Marvel comics saying, “Hey! You’re not alone!’
Vellani’s quote is heartwarming and shows that she truly understands the meaning of representation and the importance of the role she plays. Ms. Marvel gave her the representation she so needed as a child. Now, she, in turn, will give that representation and inspiration to others by taking on the role of Ms. Marvel herself.
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