Ms. Marvel will not only introduce a new hero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but will also set the stage for newcomer Iman Vellani’s debut in the franchise. The upcoming Disney+ series is the actress’ first big acting role, but Vellani doesn’t seem intimidated by that fact. Instead, the young actress expressed her enthusiasm for her work as an actress, highlighting her love for the Marvel franchise as a whole.
A good piece of Ms. MarvelThe marketing was mostly focused on Vellani’s love of the Marvel Universe, with its first teaser actually showing the actress’ reaction to being cast in the role. Kamala Khan’s creator, Sana Amanat, has also pointed out that Vellani’s dizzying energy and teenage enthusiasm are ideal for a character like Kamala Khan who “is not your traditional Avenger.”
In addition to being an outspoken Marvel fan, Vellani is also a self-proclaimed Iron Man advocate. Now, the actress has opened up about how her love for Armored Avenger has translated into her role in the MCU.
Ms. Marvel Actress Reveals Iron Man ‘Restrictions’
Ms. Marvel Main star Iman Vellani sat down with SFX Magazine to talk about the upcoming Disney+ series and how Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has limited Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man benchmark role.
Vellani first admitted that she was a “huge, huge Iron Man fan,” emphasizing that she was asking “for more Iron Man references” in the series. However, it got to a point where Feige had to step in to say that there were too many Armored Avenger-related easter eggs:
“I’m a huge, huge Iron Man fan. I know Kamala is more Captain Marvel, but I was asking for a lot more Iron Man references in there. Like, ‘I think she needs a Iron Man action figure, more Iron Man.’ There was a point where we got to too many Iron Mans, that was Kevin’s note!”
This isn’t the first time Vellani has spoken out about her love for Iron Man. In September 2021, the MCU newcomer shared an adorable short film featuring Iron Man, along with a description expressing Vellani’s love for Robert Downey Jr.: “Rdj if you see that ily.”
When asked if she revisited the 2008s iron man tTo prepare for Kamala’s origin story, Vellani revealed that the first thing she did when she was cast was watch the movie, saying she does it every time. “any milestone” happens in the series:
“The first thing I did when I was cast was watch Iron Man again. It’s like my comfort movie. Every milestone that we would hit on the show, whether it was filming the scene where Kamala gets his costume or his powers, I would watch Iron Man.” It was my reminder that this character exists in the same universe as Tony Stark, which was just the coolest thing in the world to me.”
The rising star also shared that he is “Very funny” to create Kamala’s story, teasing that “this is something new for the MCU:”
“Honestly, it’s a lot of fun creating this story. It’s something new for the MCU and it’s also a side of the MCU that we’ve never seen before, the perspective of a teenager obsessed with these Avengers.”
Vellani also discussed Kamala “impostor syndrome” admit she had a similar path “from high school to the Marvel Universe:”
“Kamala has a lot of self-doubt and impostor syndrome. It’s a really fun thing to play because I was on a very similar path. I came from high school to the Marvel Universe. It’s like I was given the ultimate key, so I was dealing with a lot of impostor syndrome.”
the Ms. Marvel the actress also opened up about the fact that “the MCU has never seen a character like this before” while discussing Kamala “wonderful support system” in the series:
“Being first of all is very scary. The MCU has never seen a character like this before. With Kamala and I, we have a wonderful support system. His family is his rock and his friends are Bruno (Matt Lintz) and Nakia (Yasmeen Fletcher) on the show, they’re the people she can be herself around and gain her trust from. For me, it’s also my family and my friends. really awesome. In the end, we just see she’s become a badass superhero.”
Where Iron Man Fits Into Ms. Marvel: AvengerCon
Although Iman Vellani is an avid Iron Man fan, it wouldn’t make sense for the show to feature tons of references to Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel hero.
Still, given that the show is set in the larger MCU, there could still be Easter eggs tied to the Avenger founding member, but they could just be sprinkled throughout the series. For example, She-Hulk already has a reference to Stark Industries in its official trailer, which means there’s a good chance that Ms. Marvel deserve similar treatment.
The most plausible way to Ms. Marvel paying homage to Iron Man is in the show’s AvengerCon plot thread. The show’s official merchandise already featured tons of references to other MCU heroes like the Hulk and Thor, and given Tony Stark’s popularity, it’s reasonable to assume the Armored Avenger will also be featured.
Meanwhile, Vellani’s remark about her stark similarities to her Kamala Khan character is significant, mostly because it could translate very well to the screen. Ms. MarvelMarketing has already shown fans a preview of the actress’ portrayal, and the praise she’s receiving from executives bolsters the claim that she is indeed the perfect star to bring the Pakistani-American hero to life. .
Ms. Marvel is set to premiere on Disney+ on June 8.
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