Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani is set to co-write a new Ms. Marvel comic at Marvel alongside Sabir Pirzada, a writer from the Ms. Marvel TV series. The artwork will be handled by Carlos Gomez and Adam Gorham, with the main covers provided by Sara Pichelli.
Iman Vellani Opens Up About the Challenge of Writing Kamala Khan’s Comic Series
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vellani said, “This was way scarier than joining the MCU for me.” Vellani added, “Those projects feel like they live in their own dimension, so I guess I can separate myself easier. But you can hold a comic book! I’ve never written anything before in my entire life, but I have read many comics, so I just wrote what I would want to read. I was given a very professional tool to write what is essentially my own fan fiction.”
In Marvel comics, Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, will die in “Amazing Spider-Man” issue #26 (Via Marvel). In the storyline, Ms. Marvel sacrificed her life to save the universe. This event was further explored in the special issue “Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel,” where her friends, family, and fellow superheroes commemorated her heroic act. However, as is common in superhero comics, death is not permanent, and Kamala Khan will soon make a return.
Iman Vellani confirms Kamala Khan’s Inhuman origin
Vellani assures fans that they are not changing Kamala’s Inhuman origin. The upcoming comic series will explore core themes of identity while introducing a new element for Kamala to accept. Exciting and intriguing developments await in her story.
“I want to make it very, very clear that 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,” Vellani says. “Our book will absolutely reflect all those core themes of identity that the Ms. Marvel comics have consistently explored — only now there’s a whole new label that Kamala has to learn to accept. It’s going to be pretty crazy.”
In the new series, Kamala Khan will have a redesigned costume that reflects her mutant identity, with X-Men logos replacing the traditional Ms. Marvel lightning bolt. The costume was designed by Jamie McKelvie, who has worked on acclaimed titles like Young Avengers and The Wicked & the Divine. Iman Vellani expresses her admiration for McKelvie and mentions her extensive knowledge of both comics and the creators involved. Her collaborator, Sabir Pirzada, was impressed by her understanding of the medium.
Vellani will reprise her role as Kamala Khan in ‘The Marvels‘. The film is a sequel to “Captain Marvel” (2019), continues the “Ms. Marvel” (2022), and is the 33rd film in the MCU. Directed by Nia DaCosta, it stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel. ‘The Marvels’ hits theaters on November 10, 2023.