Iman Vellani Wants Nothing To Do With The Marvels Flopping At The Box Office

By TeeJay Small | Published

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According to a write-up in Variety, Kamala Khan actress Iman Vellani has no interest in lingering on the ongoing box office failure incurred by the recent Marvel outing, The Marvels. When approached by members of the press questioning the status of the failing film, Vellani simply stated that she saw no point in focusing on the film’s shortcomings, directing ire toward Disney CEO Bob Iger instead.

The MCU’s Biggest Failure

In a year mired with super-powered box office flops, including outings such as Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and The Flash, The Marvels is currently poised to be the biggest bomb in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Iman Vellani’s Future In The MCU

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Though the 21-year-old actress has only three screen credits, each for portraying the same comic book hero Kamala Khan, Iman Vellani seems to have a bright future ahead of her in the MCU and beyond. That is, of course, provided Marvel can find a way to mitigate factors such as superhero fatigue and a cinematic universe spiraling out of control. Though Vellani’s statements seek to point the state of the MCU toward executive figureheads such as Bob Iger, this may not be a prudent method for righting the failing Marvel trajectory.

The Actress Is Happy With The Final Product

Bob Iger has already expressed plans to tighten the leash on Marvel and Star Wars outings in recent years, explaining that a bubble for the massive intellectual property of each franchise has seemingly already burst, leading way to a lesser return on investment for the studio. If Bob Iger truly were to take Iman Vellani’s advice and extrapolate the future of the MCU from The Marvels‘ box office return, it would likely mean the end of her Marvel career. While elucidating on her initial comment, Vellani explained that she’s happy with the final product of the film, even if it fails to bring in droves of theater-goers.

The Marvels Has Yet To Turn A Profit

Despite receiving Iman Vellani’s seal of approval, The Marvels failed to inspire the support and viewership of many MCU fans, resulting in a domestic return of only $47 million on opening weekend. For a film with an estimated production budget of just under $275 million, not counting the sizable marketing funds, this constitutes a major disaster. For comparison, the previous Marvel film to hold the title of worst box office return is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, which took in $55.4 million, without adjusting for inflation.

The MCU’s Uncertain Future

Of course, The Marvels is also set to be held to a significantly higher standard than The Incredible Hulk, as the MCU was little more than a glimmer in Kevin Feige‘s eye when the Edward Norton-led film first arrived on the scene, barely alerting the world to the cultural phenomenon that was being built with The Avengers.

For modern audiences, the MCU has become one of the most ubiquitous entertainment empires in the history of cinema, much to the chagrin of auteur filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. If Iman Vellani and company wish to continue making Marvel films in the near future, they would be well advised to keep Bob Iger as happy as possible.