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‘He didn’t want a literal translation’: Ms. Marvel Directors Reveal Kamala Khan’s Controversial X-Men Connection on Disney+

This article contains spoilers for the Disney+ series finale of Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan is a lot of things in transition. She is human and Inhuman, she is American and Pakistani, she is a teenager and a hero, she is a child of the future and the past, and now it seems Marvel has dictated that Kamala Khan is a Jinn and a mutant. Swerving greatly from the comic origin of the Jersey City superhero, the live-series adaptation of Ms. Marvel has given her an entirely new identity as a mutant rather than her original species inheritance as an Inhuman.

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan in Disney+ series, Ms. Marvel

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Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel: Her Origin Explained

The young teenager rebels against her conservative parents and ends up sneaking out of the house to attend a party at the Jersey Waterfront. There she, along with the crowd present, falls prey to the Terrigen Mist. The latent Inhuman lineage of Kamala Khan gets activated by the Terrigen Bomb and she undergoes Terrigenesis.

Ms. Marvel's Powers
Ms. Marvel’s Powers

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The Inhuman bloodline of the teen superhero gives her a morphogenetic power that alters her form and gives her the ability to polymorph into any shape imaginable. This is the comic origin story of Kamala Khan who goes on to become one of the Young Avengers, Ms. Marvel.

However, what is rarely discussed by comic fans today is the original intention of Ms. Marvel to be a mutant rather than an Inhuman. The timeline of the character’s creation dates back to a Marvel era when Inhumans were preferred over X-Men thus giving her a lineage change in her origin story. In the words of Sana Amanat, co-creator and executive producer of the series:

“The show needed to have a balance of what made the comic so special and unique, while at the same time evolving it and making it a true adaptation.”

Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

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Kevin Feige’s Vision For Disney+ Ms. Marvel

The visionary Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige rides on his established fame as one of the greatest Hollywood producers and COOs by ushering in the era of the Avengers and the Infinity Saga. The epic storyline ran for 11 years before coming to a fruitful and satisfactory close. With the future of the Marvel industry and its heroes running on the high of the Phase 3 ending, Feige’s visionary genius shifts from the seriousness of what was, into the idealistic optimism of what can be.

Kevin Feige at the SDCC
Kevin Feige at the SDCC

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This shift also dictates some major changes in narratives otherwise established. Starting with the multiverse and The Blip exclusion in Moon Knight to Gorr’s daughter resurrecting as Eternity/Captain Universe, to a lineage transference of Kamala Khan from Inhuman to mutant, it all looks quite drastic in the face of the creation story. The only option now is to wait and let the story come together so as to assert some meaning in the manner in which Feige intended.

Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+

Source: Entertainment Weekly