• Young Avengers bring a fresh perspective: With their own experiences and fandom of the originals, they can bring something new and functional to the team.
  • Kamala Khan as a natural-born leader: She is mature, intelligent, and knowledgeable about superheroes and teamwork, making her an ideal leader for the Young Avengers.
  • Understanding of reality and humanity: The Young Avengers are more grounded and aware of the value of human life, as they have relationships and mentors that anchor them in the real world.

The Marvels star Iman Vellani details how the Young Avengers can stand out from the original Avengers team with a new perspective and a different understanding of this world. The MCU has been laying the groundwork for the Young Avengers by introducing this next generation of heroes in different movies and Disney+ series. The Marvels finally brought this to fruition by setting up Kamala Khan as the leader as she recruited Kate Bishop to her team.

In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant for The Marvels, Vellani discussed the Young Avengers. She broke down how the new team could stand out from the originals based on their own experience in this world. Vellani explained that their perspective after living through Avengers battles, being fans of the original Avengers, and having Ms. Marvel as their leader can bring a new tone to this generation of Avengers. Check out Vellani’s full quote below:

Iman Vellani: They have perspectives that the older Avengers don’t, especially because they’ve had to deal with the repercussions, but they’re also a fan of the older Avengers. So I think they can really make this team-up something new. I think it’ll be way more functional than the Avengers even were. I think Kamala being in charge might also set the tone in a really wonderful way. I think she’s a natural-born leader.

She is not only the glue of the Marvels, but could be the glue of the younger Avengers group because she is mature and she is intelligent, and she also has all this knowledge about being superheroes and teamwork and how to do it in a way that’s ideal and works for everyone. And she’s probably learned so much from being on the Marvels, so she can bring that into the Young Avengers. But yeah, I think they’ll definitely be a group that a lot of the younger audiences can resonate to and relate to way more. I think their opinions on social justice issues, I think their opinions on just the world in general and is what’s needed is way more important.

They feel like the group that will understand humanity and the value of human life way more than I think the older group does because they’re in it, right? They have relationships there. They’re in school, they have their friends, they have their idols and their mentors. And I think all of those relationships will ground this group way more than we have mentors who’s a billionaire, and you got a guy who was frozen from the 1940s. So they’re definitely way more aware of reality.

The Young Avengers Can Learn From The Original Avengers Team

Many of the potential Young Avengers, including Kamala Khan, Kate Bishop, and Cassie Lang, have learned directly from the heroes they hope to emulate. They were taught not only the skills they would need as Avengers but also the costs that this life could have. However, they each also have a very different path to becoming a hero than their mentors. Where Hawkeye began as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Kate Bishop has been training to become an Avenger since childhood; Cassie Lang clearly hopes to take the best parts of both her father and Hope van Dyne; and Kamala Khan has learned from not only Captain Marvel but Nick Fury and Monica Rambeau as well.

Related: Young Avengers Cast: 16 Potential Members Already Set Up In The MCU

The Young Avengers grew up in a world constantly attacked by major threats, be it the invasion of New York, Sokovia being destroyed, or Thanos’ snap wiping out half the universe. They see why the Avengers are necessary and have lived through the trauma of both their successes and their failures. The Avengers were brought together out of urgent necessity, with their dynamic cemented by the loss of Phil Coulson.

The Young Avengers can be a team of heroes who have wanted to step up and help protect the world in a way the originals didn’t.

Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, as the leader of the Young Avengers, also sets a different tone for this team because she is someone who will champion each of the heroes as well as the Young Avengers as a whole. She has seen the importance of teamwork and communication firsthand. Her love for the Avengers, her desire to help people, and her experience with the Marvels make her an ideal leader in a way the original Avengers never truly had. The original Avengers could be effective, but they also faced many internal conflicts that eventually led to them being split apart when the world needed them most. The Young Avengers can not only learn from these mistakes but also bring their own understanding of the world into the fold, making them stand out in how they approach being heroes.

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    The Marvels

    Release Date:

    Nia DaCosta

    Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Zawe Ashton, Gary Lewis, Park Seo-joon, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Samuel L. Jackson


    105 Minutes

    Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Superhero

    Nia DaCosta, Zeb Wells, Elissa Karasik

    $274.8 Million



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    Marvel Cinematic Universe

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