The Marvel Cinematic Universe is entering a new era as Bisha K. Ali’s Ms. Marvel introduces a brave new hero to the highest-grossing film series in history. The series’ whimsical look is winning over critics even if it may not be your typical MCU adventure of bloody battles and macho Avengers using their brute might.
Everyone is wondering how Kamala’s powers function in light of Iman Vellani’s impending role as Kamala Khan in The Marvels and the possibility that Ms. Marvel might mark the beginning of a long run in the MCU. There aren’t any flexible fists in this movie, so it’s safe to say that this isn’t a straight-up replica of her comic book counterpart.
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What kind of powers does Kamala Khan have in the MCU?
In the comics, the Terrigen Mist gives Kamala her powers, which allow her to stretch and shrink like Mister Fantastic and Mr. Fantastic. In the Ms. Marvel show on Disney+, things aren’t the same. Even though her limbs can stretch, Kamala summons cosmic energy and shoots it out of her body in different shapes.
In the show, Kamala’s new skills seem to come from a mysterious bracelet that her equally mysterious Nani sends her (grandmother). Nani is only mentioned briefly, but the show’s co-creator, Sama Amanat, told The Direct that she could be a big part of Kamala’s future as a hero. Amanat talked about “connections not only to other MCU events but also to her sense of history and her family, connecting her powers to the past of her family.” I think that was the main point.”
We know that Kamala can do different things. But How?
In the comics, Kamala is known for wearing a bracelet that doesn’t seem to do anything. In the comic book, Kamala’s bracelet was used by her great-grandmother to smuggle money out of Bombay during Partition. This is another way that the bracelet is connected to the family. She later changes it to make it more useful in the 21st century, and she uses it as a single piece to carry her cell phone.
Nani seems to be standing in for Kamala’s great-grandmother here, and a random line from the first episode could be a clue to a much bigger plot. Kamala’s mom gives a knowing look when she talks about Nani and calls the bracelet “junk.” Later in the episode, Kamala puts on the bracelet and is taken to a purple dimension that some people think could be a link to the Kree Supreme Intelligence. Since her bracelet looks like the Nega-Bands from the comics, this has opened up the idea that Kamala could be based on Carol from the comics and have Kree blood running through her veins.
Nega-Bands are a Kree Empire relic that gives the person who wears them the ability to turn mental energy into physical energy, which is similar to Carol Danvers’ powers. The Kree hero Mar-Vell owned the bands. He was a big part of Carol’s story. In 2018, Captain Marvel lets Carol Danvers keep some of her comic book backstory, which is that she is a mix of human and Kree. But the movie gave her powers from the Tesseract and then made her part Kree by giving her blood from Yon-Rogg.
We’re not saying that Kamala has had her DNA mixed with Mar-Vell as Carol did in the comics, but it’s clear that there’s more to her grandma’s bracelet. We already know that the bracelet will have something to do with The Marvels, and since Khan and Brie Larson’s Danvers will both be in the movie, it makes sense that Ms. Marvel will choose from both of their comics.
Does MCU handle each Marvel character in a different way?
In an interview with Time, Amanat makes more connections between Ms. Marvel (which Danvers had in the comics) and Captain Marvel. He does this to support the idea that the MCU can use Danvers’ powers for Kamala. Amanat says, “She ends up taking her name because she wants to be so much like her and she’s changing to look like her, and there are hints of that in the show.” “What does Kamala do when she gets her power? She does her best to be Captain Marvel.”
The other idea is that Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau’s Photon will each have a different story about how they got started. Remember that Wanda Maximoff’s Hex changed Rambeau’s DNA, giving her more power. The fact that Carol’s powers are orange, Monica’s are blue, and Kamala’s glow is purple means that the three heroes in The Marvels have different sets of skills.
We’re going to find out more about where Kamala gets her powers, which is good news. Kevin Feige, who is in charge of the MCU, told Empire, “What we’ll find out about where these powers come from and how they work is unique to the MCU.” Feige teases more about Kamala’s family tree and says, “She wants to know, ‘Great, does that mean I’m an Asgardian?'” Have I been hit by gamma rays? No, it doesn’t look like any of those things. It has to do with her own past and family history.
Kamala’s new backstory can go in many different directions, but after only one episode, it sounds like Nani and the criticism that she lived in a fantasy world like her granddaughter could be important to the six-episode miniseries.
We didn’t expect Ms. Marvel to be an exact retelling of the source material, just like how Thor: Ragnarok used parts of the Planet Hulk arc and Multiverse of Madness used parts of House of M. Even so, it’s clear that we have changed with the times. In either case, Kamal’s first movie is likely to put her at the forefront of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a young rebel with big dreams who wants to be like her hero, powers and all.