Vellani and Feige Butt Heads Over MCU, ‘Ms. Marvel’ Season 2 Up in the Air

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Iman Vellani in Ms Marvel

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Iman Vellani broke out into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) scene last year with her starring role in Ms. Marvel, the Disney+ show that introduced Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, to audiences around the world. In addition to her work within the MCU, Vellani is a major comics fan and helped write a run of “Ms. Marvel” comics earlier this year. Despite that, she and studio President Kevin Feige have notoriously gone head-to-head about various issues.

Ever since Feige took over the reins at Marvel Studios nearly two decades ago, he’s created arguably the most famous franchise in the world with The Avengers and the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) are two of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Unfortunately, the higher you climb, the harder you fall, and boy, has Marvel fallen.

Kevin Feige at D23
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Since Endgame, the MCU has seemed disjointed, unable to continue the success that a decade and a half of Avengers films brought. Earlier this year, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania became Marvel’s worst-performing movie while Secret Invasion became its worst series. Many fans have complained of “superhero fatigue” as the studio has gotten more into streaming on Disney+, with nine series now being required viewing to understand the events within the MCU.

One of those series was Ms. Marvel, which premiered last summer between Moon Knight (which is widely regarded as one of the best Marvel shows) and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (which is often regarded as one of the worst). Ms. Marvel also featured the debut of Iman Vellani in her first acting role as Kamala Khan. Vellani shares more than just her culture with the fictional Kamala, as both are major fans of the Avengers.

Iman Vellani in Ms Marvel
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During the audition process, Vellani revealed that her room was covered in Avengers and Marvel merchandise, proving that she was perfect for the energetic and excitable Kamala Khan. Ms. Marvel was well-received by fans and set up Ms. Marvel for her Avengers debut, joining Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) in The Marvels, which was just released earlier this month.

Vellani has become a go-to figurehead at Marvel Studios for her wealth of knowledge of the comics, timelines, characters, and events as the MCU gets bigger and bigger thanks to the multiverse. She’s made comments before arguing with Feige about the various universes and timelines that the Avengers films are following, proving that despite being an MCU newbie, she isn’t afraid to argue over what she knows.

Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) talking to her father, Yusuf Khan (Mohan Kapur) in 'Ms. Marvel'
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Recently, Vellani spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her spotlight-stealing success in The Marvels, and addressed the possibility of getting a second season of Ms. Marvel. Unfortunately, despite Season 1 being one of the best MCU series, the future of the show is uncertain, as most of the Disney+ shows, except Loki, were only expected to get one season. Hopeful for a confirmation, Vellani joked that she was giving Feige a break from her emails…and her argument over the correct timelines.

“I’m trying not to give him a hard time right now until I get [Ms. Marvel] season two, and then maybe I’ll email him another 72 questions,” Vellani says. “Yeah, I’m taking it easy. If he says the MCU is [Earth-] 616, I’ll let him believe that.”

Vellani has previously mentioned arguing with the studio boss over which universe the MCU technically took place in, with Feige believing it’s Earth-616 while Vellani argued that it’s actually Earth-199999. She’s confirmed that the argument comes up nearly every time the two talk with each other, with each one adamant about their belief. However, it’s clear that Vellani loves her character enough to pump the breaks on the disagreement in order to help her chances with a second season.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) stands next to Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani)
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Whether or not Ms. Marvel gets the green light for another season, The Marvels has proven that Vellani is just getting started with the MCU and the superhero studio. At just 21, Vellani is one of the youngest actors to join the Avengers squad and as a Marvel comics fan first and foremost, it’s reassuring to know there’s someone who knows exactly who and what she’s talking about. We, for one, can’t wait to see Vellani’s (and Kamala’s) growth within the MCU or to see what she does next!

The Marvels is now in theaters.

Do you think Kamala Khan will return for a second season? Who do you think is right in the argument over the MCU: Iman Vellani or Kevin Feige? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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