Let’s turn our attention toward Ms. Marvel premiering at the beginning of June. Being such a new hero in the Marvel Universe is obviously exciting! There has been a lot of fan controversy about how Kamala Khan might be adapted into the MCU. Kevin Feige has been talking to Empire and confirmed some facts about Kamala’s powers in the Disney+ show.
The continuity of Marvel’s comics and films shows storylines moving to different degrees. And surely on different journeys. The difference between these storyworlds at the time Kamala joined both. This led to a little different kind of adaptation of Kamala’s powers and their aesthetic.
Ms. Marvel’s New Origin In The MCU
Feige tells Empire:
“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation. (Kamala) came about in a very specific time within the comic-book continuity. She is now coming into a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match. She’s interested in knowing, Great, does that mean I’m an Asgardian? Did I get hit with gamma rays? No, it’s seemingly none of those things. It goes to her own past and her heritage and lineage.”
Further, Feige indicates Kamala’s awareness and integration with the superhero. Media industry will focus her in the direction of learning more about her powers as the show continues :
“What we will learn about where those powers come from, and how they come about, is specific to the MCU. You will see great comic splash panels in some of our action sequences. If you want big, giant hands and arms, well they’re here in spirit, if not in stretchy, plastic-type ways.”
“It taps into the future of her story as it connects to her other friends that she will meet in the upcoming film The Marvels.”
Feige’s mentions are particularly interesting when we think about the origin of her powers in the comics. Feige and the Parliament might be playing the long game of revealing exactly where Kamala’s powers come from. Without a weekly Marvel Studios Disney+ show on right now, the expectation for Ms Marvel is building. It will be exciting to see Kamala’s story start to play out in early June. All we can do is wait and see whether this becomes another example of Marvel finding success. Or, its an unique approach to the MCU or not. Or might be an unnecessary change that pulls down a rich and influential hero.