Ms. Marvel’s Iman Vellani Compares Show To Lady Bird And Scott Pilgrim

The eagerly awaited debut of hero Ms. Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is now just around the corner!

Ever since Kamala Khan first appeared in the comics in 2013 she has earned quite the dedicated fan-base, one many more will join when TV series Ms. Marvel starts airing on 8th June.

As seen from the trailer, the show will have a different tone from other series the MCU has brought us, featuring doodles that bring to life Khan’s vivid imagination, whilst also fully embracing the fact that this is a teen story.

Speaking exclusively to Zavvi, star Iman Vellani revealed that the series “really embraces the teen coming-of-age vibe”, comparing it to popular movies from that genre.

She said: “It is John Hughes-esque mixed with Lady Bird and Scott Pilgrim. It’s a lot more lighthearted than the other shows. We showcase that being a teenager is awkward, corny, and weird.

“We are self-aware of how cheesy the show gets sometimes, but when you are growing up everything is so heightened – your emotions, crushes, friendships – it all feels so new. Minor inconveniences also feel like the end of the world.

“We hold onto that feeling of when you are a kid just wanting to grow up. And when you are a teenager you think you know everything but you don’t as you haven’t lived yet. We really lean into that.”

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Vellani adds that to truly reflect the modern teenage experience, the show’s crew worked with the cast closely, asking for their opinions on the script to ensure it is as genuine:

“The creators and directors have done a great job in working with the cast, asking us to share our experiences and bring ourselves to the characters. It was very collaborative.

“We are pretty young and just come out of high school, so that made the show as authentic as possible.”

We can’t wait to see it!

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For more from our interview with Vellani, keep your eyes peeled for the next issue of our free digital magazine The Lowdown which will be coming soon.

Ms. Marvel will air exclusively on Disney+ from 8th June.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray


Emily is a journalist and film critic who unashamedly cries at most movies having got too emotionally attached. When not at the cinema, she is at home cuddling her cat Holmes, whilst binge watching New Girl. She can be found on Twitter @emilyvmurray