Iman Vellani even called out Disney CEO Bob Iger by name, saying: “I don’t want to focus on something that’s not even in my control, because what’s the point? […] That’s for Bob Iger.”
Prior to the inception of the internet, a movie’s box office wasn’t typically widely publicized unless it broke some sort of notable record. Outside of trade papers in Los Angeles, no one knew the weekly B.O. reports. At some point, however, those numbers became widely available to the public, inspiring the creation of a class of busybody armchair executives who obsessed over receipts, even if they weren’t executives themselves and clearly had no financial stake in the outcome. Vellani, rather wisely, noted that ignoring box office reports, even as the film’s star, was the smarter course of action. More important was, logically, the film itself. She continued:
“[The box office] has nothing to do with me. 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 take 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.”
Vellani’s performance, to offer another editorial, is one of the reasons “The Marvels” is as fun as it is. Her character, unlike a lot of superhero characters, seems excited to be there, thrilled to be flying alongside a heavy hitter like Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). The student/mentor sororal relationships between the three leads are palpable.