If you know anything about Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, then you know the character Iman Vellani is playing in the upcoming Disney+ series sees Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel as her role model. However, according to Vellani, Carol Danvers won’t be the only Marvel hero from whom Vellani has found inspiration. The actress recently revealed we can expect to see quite a bit of influence from the Scarlett Johansson hero Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in Ms. Marvel.
As reported by The Direct, Iman Vellani credited Scarlett Johansson for inspiration for her character’s fighting super poses. “I have the most incredible stunt double,” Vellani said. “So we were kinda figuring out what Kamala’s fighting style was together. You know, she’s not a fighter, she’s a sixteen-year-old kid from high school. So, a lot of it was like, ‘Okay, she’s probably copying everything she sees.’ So we included a lot of [Scarlett Johansson’s] Black Widow poses, and Brie Larson’s iconic Captain Marvel poses. So yea, we’ve got some fun stuff in there.”
It makes sense that — without someone like Steve Rogers to formally train her in in combat — Kamala Khan would do her best by copying those who came before. And as anyone who saw Scarlett Johansson in last year’s Black Widow will no doubt remember, it gives Ms. Marvel the chance to continue a running joke from the movie. Shortly after Natasha is reunited with her adoptive sister Yelena (Florence Pugh), the latter makes fun of the Avenger’s oft-repeated crouching pose that always ends with a dramatic hair flip. The smart money is on this being one of the poses Kamala Khan copies while fighting bad guys.
The farther away we get from Johansson’s final departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with last year’s Black Widow, the more interesting the behind-the-scenes history proves, and often not in great ways. The MCU Phase 3 architects Anthony and Joe Russo recently discussed how disturbed they were, for example, with what happened between Johansson and Disney with the release of Black Widow. Johansson wound up suing Disney after Black Widow was simultaneously released on Disney+ and in theaters. Johansson’s lawyers argued this was done to cheat their client out of a promised bonus based on ticket sales. Disney countered by publicly accusing Johansson of using the COVID-19 pandemic to squeeze more money out of them. The case was ultimately settled, but it still represented possibly the ugliest back-and-forth between Disney and one of its bigger MCU stars since the narrative’s introduction.
What makes the whole thing even stranger is that in spite of the salvos fired between the involved parties, it now appears that Scarlett Johansson will continue to work for Disney in front of the camera, and for Marvel behind the camera. There have been reports that the Lost in Translation star will be appearing in Taika Waititi’s Tower of Terror film based on the Disney theme park attraction, as well as quotes from Johansson that she will be continuing to work for Marvel Studios in a production capacity.