Ms. Marvel Star Iman Vellani Writing New Kamala Khan Comic

Iman Vellani, the star of "Ms. Marvel," is set to take on an exciting new endeavor as she dives into the world of comic book writing for Marvel. In a thrilling development, Vellani will be penning a fresh Kamala Khan adventure titled "Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant." Recently, Entertainment Weekly had the privilege of interviewing the talented actress about her role as a writer, revealing her mix of excitement and nervousness.

The upcoming comic book takes our young hero on a journey of self-discovery, as Kamala Khan explores a new identity. This intriguing storyline follows the aftermath of a highly controversial decision made in the pages of "Amazing Spider-Man #26" (2023), which saw the unexpected demise of Kamala Khan. Fans were given time to process this shocking turn of events through the thought-provoking "Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel" book, which made its debut earlier this week.

Assisting Vellani in crafting the comic will be co-writer Sabir Pirzada, ensuring a dynamic collaboration. The artistic duties for "Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant" will be handled by the talented duo of Carlos Gomez and Adam Gotham. Meanwhile, the renowned Sara Pichelli, a Marvel fan-favorite, will grace the comic with her captivating cover art. With such an Avengers-level lineup of creators, Vellani openly admits feeling a touch of intimidation. Nevertheless, her passion for fanfiction and years of immersing herself in the Marvel comics have prepared her for this pivotal moment in her career.

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A New Challenge For Iman Vellani

Iman Vellani candidly shared that taking on the task of writing a comic book was far more daunting for her than joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). "Those projects feel like they exist in their own separate dimension, allowing me to separate myself more easily," she explained. "However, holding a physical comic book in your hands is a different experience! I've never written anything before in my entire life, but as an avid comic book reader, I simply penned the kind of story I would love to read. Marvel provided me with a professional tool to write what is essentially my own fan fiction."

Vellani emphasized that they have no intentions of retconning Kamala Khan's Inhuman origins. "That aspect of Kamala's identity is a fundamental part that both Marvel editorial and I are committed to preserving and safeguarding," she clarified. "Our comic book will unquestionably delve into the core themes of identity that have consistently been explored in the Ms. Marvel series. However, now Kamala has an entirely new label to come to terms with, and that's where the story takes an exhilarating turn. Brace yourselves for an incredible journey!"

Ms. Marvel Is Making Her Movie Debut in The Marvels

With the release of "The Marvels" just a few months away, anticipation is building as fans eagerly await the on-screen presence of Iman Vellani, Brie Larson, and Teyonah Parris. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, revealed that the rising star of Ms. Marvel actually steals the entire movie. It comes as no surprise, considering even the most critical voices in the realm of Disney+ shows agree that Vellani's portrayal of Kamala Khan is an exceptional casting choice. Feige believes that this film has the potential to launch her career to even greater heights.

Feige expressed his pride in the addition of Kamala Khan to the Marvel universe, stating, "Kamala Khan is a fantastic new character in the pantheon. I am immensely proud of the Ms. Marvel series. Furthermore, I can reveal a spoiler—she essentially steals the spotlight in 'The Marvels,' slated for release on July 28. I'm thrilled by the prospect that viewers will watch the movie and subsequently revisit the Disney+ shows."

He went on to draw a parallel between Kamala and Tom Holland's Peter Parker in "Captain America: Civil War," noting, "What's great about Kamala is that, much like Peter Parker in that film, she finds herself in awe of being alongside these other superheroes, overwhelmed by the extraordinary situations she encounters. And that's what makes it enjoyable—we all want to feel that. I certainly do."

Vellani Excited About Mutant Possibilities in the MCU

During a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, Iman Vellani, the star of "Ms. Marvel," acknowledged the slight deviation of her character's origin in the comics. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Kamala Khan is a mutant, which sparked mixed reactions among fans. Interestingly, the character's creator initially intended for her to be a mutant, but editorial decisions steered the storyline towards the Inhumans instead. Now, Kamala Khan will navigate the delicate balance between both identities.

"While I hold a deep affection for the Inhumans, with Black Bolt being my father and all, the MCU has its own unique landscape compared to the comics," Vellani explained. "It's thrilling that we were able to take this route with Kamala. Interestingly, the original intention for the comic character was to make her a mutant, so I'm absolutely ecstatic that we've brought that to life. Sana Amanat and I were beyond thrilled; we were bursting with excitement when we learned that we could make it happen. I was literally refreshing the discussion thread for episode 6 on Reddit until someone finallyyyyy mentioned it!"

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