Iman Vellani Speaks out on ‘Ms. Marvel’ Review Bombing
It is a great dichotomy that Ms. Marvel has concluded as the highest-rated MCU project, while also suffering from poor viewership numbers and backlash from certain parts of the online community; the show’s lead, Iman Vellani, has spoken out against the Ms. Marvel review bombing and backlash.
In its six-episode campaign, it is certainly and abundantly clear to us, that Ms. Marvel is as creative, ambitious, and perfectly character-driven a series as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has delivered for its very inconsistent Phase Four slate.
Set to introduce the beloved Kamala Khan to the world of the cinematic universe, this series so brilliantly brought this young character to life in a way that felt like it truly honored the parts that make her unique and fantastic.
Its creativity and vibrance felt perfectly at home exploring this young creative spirit that is Kamala, while its emphasis on integrating traditional Muslim culture perfectly embodied the dilemma present in this young Muslim-American teenager desperately trying to find her way.
The series was met with unanimous praise from the critical community, as it is the highest-rated MCU project ever developed, but the very nature of its narrative has left it the subject of some very inappropriate hatred from certain corners of the online community.
In a recent interview about her role in the series, Iman Vellani spoke out on Ms. Marvel’s review bombing and online backlash that has felt so prevalent for a series so beloved.
Speaking to ComicBook.com, Vellani stated, “I know they’re there. It’s something we knew was going t happen going into this. It happened when the comic books came out in 2014. I’m all for constructive criticism as long as people have a legitimate concern or suggestion or something real. Then I care.”
The young actress added, “But all the hatred I’ve seen has no basis, no merit, it’s just purely for the sake of hating- and that’s fine- you’re not gonna impress everyone.”
Vellani concluded, “We hit our target audience and we hit an entirely new audience that didn’t know they were gonna fill in love with this character- people who have never seen themselves represented in a passive light before.”
You have to be impressed with this young actress’s maturity and poise, and how well she handled what is clearly something detrimental to a fabulous project; we can only hope that the show’s positive aspects continue to shine through all of the negativity.