Iman Vellani Isn't Worried About 'The Marvels' Bombing at the Box Office: "That's for Bob Iger"

"It has superheroes, it takes place in space, it's not that deep"

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BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 20, 2023

Although The Marvels performed dismally at the box office across its opening weekend, the film's Markham, ON-raised star Iman Vellani doesn't seem to care. 

Vellani, who plays Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel in Disney's latest poorly reviewed blockbuster, told Yahoo Entertainment last week that she's more focused on her own performance than how much money the movie brings in. 

"I don't want to focus on something that's not even in my control, because what's the point?" she said. "That's for [Disney CEO] Bob Iger."

"[The box office] has nothing to do with me," Vellani asserted. "I'm happy with the finished product, and the people that I care about enjoyed the film. It's genuinely a good time watching this movie, and that's all we can ask for with these films. It has superheroes, it takes place in space, it's not that deep and it's about teamwork and sisterhood. It's a fun movie, and I'm just so happy that I can share it with people."

To her credit, Vellani's performance in both The Marvels and her introductory series Ms. Marvel have both been decidedly impressive — particularly considering the latter was her professional acting debut.

Iger, for his part, acknowledged that the studio has devolved into something of a flop era — although, naturally, he shifted the blame away from himself and onto the pandemic. 

So, maybe we have COVID-19 to blame for The Marvels opening to $63.3 million in international ticket sales and just $47 million in the US, which gave it the distinct dishonour of being the MCU's lowest-grossing film ever. 

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