Recently, Disney and the Marvel Studios’ long-running search for the right actress to bring Ms. Marvel from the comics to the big screen, ended with Canadian actress Iman Vellani. Vellani will portray the titular character in the Disney+ shows as well as the superhero’s alter ego, Kamal Khan. As per the comics, the character is an avid fan of Captain Marvel and dons on the name inspired from her. But in real life, Iman Vellani isn’t a fan of Brie Larson’s portrayal of the superhero in Captain Marvel and in fact, to be precise, the newcomer found her film worth just 2 stars.
Who is Iman Vellani?
According to Deadline, “At the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, she was part of the Next Wave Committee, which was tasked with adding a special tag to films — already programmed into other categories — which they believed would resonate with their peers.”
Well, don’t go hunting for her social media pages because there aren’t many and the ones that exist are barely updated. But ever since Vellani has been announced to become a part of MCU, dedicated fans have searched the Internet for any trace of her as she has no prior Hollywood credits in her name. And they managed to find something– her Letterboxd account, where the young to-be star had reviewed 2019’s Captain Marvel and given it just two stars.
So, the future Ms. Marvel doesn’t like Captain Marvel?
This sure is a weird irony, given the fact that Iman Vellani’s comic counterpart is a diehard fan of Carol Danvers. Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teen who got exposed to a cloud of Terrigen Mist and triggered her Inhuman DNA in the comics. This granted her superpowers like shapeshifting abilities and the ability to heal almost instantly. Intensely inspired by her idol Carol Danvers a.k.a Captain Marvel and the original Ms. Marvel, Kamala became a superhero and embraced the name herself.
This also doesn’t reflect well Captain Marvel‘s main marketing strategy, which was all about promoting the film as “by women, for women”, with the words “empowering”, “feminist”, and “groundbreaking” amping it up. For it to fail to impress the future Kamala Khan is surely not what Disney was looking for.
But Iman Vellani’s dislike is only restricted to Captain Marvel
Some may call it damage control, but alongside the sad two stars under Captain Marvel’s film poster, Vellani has written a single line– “These stars are not for Brie Larson, I will sacrifice my own life…for Brie Larson.” So, it’s safe to say that if there is any possibility (surely there is) of Ms. Marvel starring alongside Captain Marvel, her love for Brie Larson won’t be affected by her portrayal of the character.