Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan will be making her much-awaited debut in the upcoming Marvel show Ms. Marvel. The most prominent aspects of this character are her obsession with superheroes. When she gets the powers, the situations that follow are a blast. Kamala keeps a track of all the superheroes and the biggest impression is from Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Though she is not the only one that Kamala Khan admires and idealizes, in the press even Iman talks about another Superhero who will be an influence on Kamala’s fighting style – Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.
Ms. Marvel pays tribute to Scarlett Johnsson’s Black Widow
At a press event, Vellani expressed how Black Widow’s fighting style was added to Kamala Khan’s basic fighting style. Iman also talks about her time in the MCU.
“It didn’t feel real for the last two years, and now it still doesn’t. I’m on autopilot right now. I don’t know how I’m going to process this or if I ever will. But yea, I’m really lucky, and I’m so glad I can have good people around me.”
“The comics meant the world to me. I hope people can see what I saw when I picked them up for the first time, and that tremendous amount of love. I felt seen and I want people to just feel less lonely, whether you’re a fan of the Avengers, or you’re Pakistani or Muslim, or you’re a kid trying to figure out your place in this world. Everything. I think Kamala is such a universal character and a lot of people can relate to her.”
“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. 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.”
Honoring Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha
With Kamala being a fangirl of superheroes it’s a great way to add elements from other heroes to her character. Mimicking Black Widow is a sharp move as last time seen by the audiences Scarlett Johansson was up against Taskmaster, a villain who mimicked her moves.
Ms. Marvel is debuting on June 8 on Disney+
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