Ms. Marvel Star Explains Why It's So 'Weird' Watching Herself In the MCU

By Russ Milheim Updated:
Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani

Moon Knight is now four episodes into its season, with two left to go. Only a few weeks later, it'll be Ms. Marvel's time to shine. The young Pakistani American hero from New Jersey will finally get her chance to be introduced to audiences worldwide. While not much of the plot itself is known, it has been revealed that fans should brace themselves for some major changes.

Instead of her usual stretchy powers, the character will instead be summoning light constructs, similar to Green Lantern. While many are divided about this change, the series is already promising to strike up conversations across the internet on a weekly basis.

One of the most interesting aspects of Vellani's casting is how she's never acted before being hired by Marvel Studios. That's pretty crazy, especially considering she'll be one of the key figureheads of the MCU going forward.

Well, now the actress behind the upcoming hero has commented on how strange it has been to see herself onscreen. 

Ms. Marvel on Watching Herself Onscreen

Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan

In an interview with TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival), Ms. Marvel star and first-time actor Iman Vellani commented on what it has been like to watch herself perform onscreen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Vellani exclaimed that "It's really weird," even going as far to say that "[it's] like the most cursed thing ever:"

"It's weird. It's really weird. Watching yourself is like the most cursed thing ever. Like, I don't know what I look like, and I realize that now. Like, you know what you look like, but you don't. Like, you don't know what you look like when you eat, when you're happy, when you're sad, or when you run—running is the worst, in my opinion. Yeah, it's terrifying, but in a fun way."

The Star Will Have Plenty More to Watch

One can only imagine how strange it is not only to watch yourself act for the first time, but also to see and realize the weight of the role she's embodying—it's undoubtedly a lot to take in. 

Vellani seems plenty ready for the road ahead, however. After her streaming series, she'll go on to co-star alongside Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris in The Marvels on the movie side of the MCU, which will hit theaters on February 17, 2023.

Many fans likely have lofty expectations when it comes to her performance, ones which were probably enhanced by the fact she's never acted professionally before. Hopefully, the actress' performance will live up to what the audiences are expecting—especially since they'll be seeing a lot more of her over the next few years.

Ms. Marvel begins streaming on Disney+ on June 8.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.