Backlash Spurs Marvel to Revive Vellani's Ms. Marvel with a Twist After Death

Iman Vellani to co-write revival of Marvel's Kamala Khan.

by Nouman Rasool
Backlash Spurs Marvel to Revive Vellani's Ms. Marvel with a Twist After Death

Iman Vellani, a fresh face in Hollywood and recognized for her performance as Kamala Khan in Marvel Cinematic Universe's 2022 TV series, "Ms. Marvel," is all set for a thrilling revival following substantial fan outcry. Known not only for her acting but also as a passionate comic book writer, the 20-year-old actress possesses a considerable and rapidly growing fan base.

Marvel's recent issue drew significant controversy by abruptly killing off the Ms. Marvel character. Following a fatal clash with a villain, the demise of this superhero was met with an unexpected wave of backlash. Faced with a barrage of negative reviews, Marvel decided to breathe new life into Ms.

Marvel, employing an intriguing twist and leveraging Vellani's talents both as an actress and comic book writer. The public dissent was a reaction to the harrowing circumstances surrounding Ms. Marvel's death, where she was stabbed by villain Rabin who mistook her for Mary Jane.

This decision proved to be one of Marvel's most contentious in recent times. However, Ms. Marvel is slated for a comeback in the next edition within the X-Men Hellfire Gala storyline, transforming her into a blend of mutant and Inhuman.

Vellani herself, along with Sabir Pirzada and others, is tasked with shaping the narrative of the upcoming issue.

Vellani's Thrilling Comic Venture

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vellani shared her excitement and trepidation about co-writing the forthcoming issue with Pirzada.

The opportunity to shape her own superhero character's narrative, especially within Marvel Comics, was an endeavor she found both daunting and exhilarating. Marvel is celebrated as one of the leading comic franchises globally, with millions of dedicated fans worldwide.

In the narrative, Ms. Marvel receives her powers from the Terrigen Mists, but this newfound mutant identity doesn't erase her Inhuman roots. Instead, it bestows upon Marvel's premier Muslim superhero a wholly distinct persona, contributing to an intricate storyline involving the complex relationship between mutants and Inhumans.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining Kamala's original Inhuman origin, Vellani expressed, “We are not reconning her Inhuman origin. That’s a part of Kamala’s identity that Marvel editorial and myself would very much like to keep and protect." With Kamala evolving into a mutant in the soon-to-be-released comic series, Ms.

Marvel: The New Mutant, the character's quick return makes sense, considering the X-Men's well-documented proficiency in resurrecting mutant characters.