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Iman Vellani, the star of The Marvels, recently shared her thoughts on what Marvel Studios needs to do to regain the level of excitement that fans had during the Avengers: Endgame era. It’s no secret that the overall enthusiasm for the MCU among the general audience has decreased in recent times. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with the quality of Marvel Studios’ recent releases, with Phase 4 and Phase 5 producing the first three poorly received projects of the franchise, namely Eternals, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Secret Invasion.
There is growing skepticism towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to the fact that even recent projects that are not bad are only considered average. Viewers are wary of the never-ending content produced by the MCU. Will Marvel Studios be able to recapture the excitement and enchantment of its earlier movies by the time they release Avengers: The Kang Dynasty or Secret Wars?
Iman Vellani on the MCU Regaining Endgame-Level Hype
During an interview with The Direct’s Russ Milheim, Iman Vellani, the star of The Marvels, shared her thoughts on how the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) could once again achieve the same level of excitement as Avengers: Endgame.
When asked directly about what Marvel Studios needs to do to recapture that magic, the actress behind Ms. Marvel stated that “it’s all about making the audience care about their characters.”
“I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s about just getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Because then, like, what’s left? You know, I think it’s just about making the audience care about their characters. And I think they’ve established so many wonderful characters in the last phase of the MCU that it would be nice to see them all again and see them team up.”
Vellani explained that fans want to see new pair-ups and crossovers with the influx of new characters.
“I think, because there are so many new characters people want to like, start shipping people together and be like, ‘Oh, seeing Kamala and like the Red Guardian together.’ Like imagining all these pair-ups, and I think that would definitely pay off. It’ll be like, you know, the next Avengers.”
“Speaking as a fan,” Vellani said that the Thursday night movie openings are a source of happiness for her:
“But yeah, I mean, I’m speaking as a fan like I’m still there every Thursday night. Like all the Thursday night openings of these movies—they’re just like a source of happiness for me. And the commercial success honestly doesn’t determine the enjoyment of a film for me. Like I judge a movie by the feeling it left me with. And yeah, I do want to leave a movie feeling a little lighter and a little happier, and I hope the audience does, too.”
The pressure for a team-up is now on Ms. Marvel due to her recruitment starting up at the end of The Marvels, according to The Direct’s Russ Milheim. Vellani reassured him that she completely trusts her.
“I guess [laughs]. I trust her. I think she knows what she’s doing. She’s got the little SABER tablet. It probably has a lot of information on it that she can take.”
Iman Vellani, who was a huge fan before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has shared how being on the inside has changed her. The actress revealed that she has undergone a transformation and that witnessing the behind-the-scenes process has made her appreciate the human effort and hard work that goes into making these films:
“That is—I mean, I’m definitely changed. I can’t watch these movies or shows the same way. It’s just like, I know when things are green screen now, I know when, like, how they film certain fight scenes and stuff. But I think watching like real people work on these movies and seeing all the effort and manpower that goes into making a movie like this, it just humanized the films for me so much more.”
“Every single person that works at Marvel Studios is genuinely a fan,” Vellani exclaimed with enthusiasm, adding that they express their deep passion for both their craft and their job.
“They have so much to offer beyond the amazing storytelling. Every single person that works at Marvel Studios is genuinely a fan and so in love with their craft and in love with their job. And I think that dedication to their work is what makes a good, if not great, movie. So I’ve gotten to meet a lot of really cool people. Yes, it’s like kind of ruined.”
Focusing on the MCU's Characters
Iman Vellani is not wrong about the importance of caring for the characters in a movie. The majority of Avengers: Endgame’s three-hour runtime is successful because of the work done to develop the characters.
The Multiverse Saga has introduced many new characters, but fans are not getting enough time with them. Shang-Chi made his debut in 2021, but there is no news yet about when he will appear again. Similarly, fans are unsure when they will see more of heroes such as the Eternals, America Chavez, Moon Knight, or She-Hulk.
The success of the Infinity Saga can be attributed to the fact that its characters were constantly featured in various projects, without going for long periods without an update. It is equally important to have more team-ups and crossovers to build character dynamics, which can lead to engrossing development for these heroes over time. With all the changes happening at Marvel Studios, such as movie delays and project resets, it is hoped that more of the Multiverse Saga can fall into place over the coming years. The Marvels is currently showing in theaters worldwide.