‘IN. Marvel’ may be different from the comics, but it’s an integral part of the future of the MCU

One of the biggest doubts lady marvel was how the new Disney+ series would deal with Kamala Khan’s superpowers and how she achieves them. Even in the trailers for the series, it was evident that her abilities underwent a marked transformation in the character’s transition from the comics to the small screen. In the first two episodes, she only started to scratch the surface of what she could do with her mystery bracelet, as well as where it came from. As lady marvel reached its midpoint with the release of the third episode on Wednesday, Kamala has finally started to get some answers.

Before we explore the reveals in this week’s issue, let’s revisit Kamala’s origins in the comics. (To read more about Ms. Marvel’s comic book history, check out my preview of the series earlier this month.) Comics Kamala gains her abilities not due to a mystical bracelet, but because she stumbles upon a terrigen mist that unlocks her latent superpowers. . As she later discovers, Kamala is an Inhuman, making her a member of an ancient race of superhumans that were originally created through experiments conducted by the alien Kree. (More on them later.) Her Inhuman genes connect her to the wider Marvel Universe and its history, and soon, Kamala is under the supervision of the Inhuman Royal Family and bonding with their massive teleport dog as she masters her abilities. polymorphic. .

Given the importance of Kamala’s Inhuman origins in the comics, it came as a surprise when lady marvel the TV show seemed to be heading in a different direction. At the same time, it would be quite a onerous task for head writer Bisha K. Ali and the rest of her team to have to reintroduce the Inhumans to the MCU as part of Kamala’s own origin story, as the very concept of them only exists within from the worlds of ABC in humans and SHIELD agents Series. (Although this isn’t exactly true everywhere in the multiverse, thanks to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.) It would only make sense, then, that Kamala’s powers in lady marvel would manifest in a way that would be more palatable to viewers who haven’t read the comics or watched Marvel TV shows outside of the MCU. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Said Empire“[Kamala] came about at a very specific time within the comic book continuity. She is now entering a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match. … What we will learn about where these powers come from and how they come about is MCU specific.”

The third episode of lady marvel begins to explore the source of Kamala’s powers from her opening moments. “Destined” begins with a flashback, taking us to British-occupied India in 1942, where Kamala’s great-grandmother Aisha and Kamran’s mother Najma found the almighty bracelet. (Interestingly, it turns out that there are two bracelets, although the location of the second is still unknown.) The bracelet is buried under a pile of rubble and is also attached to a severed blue arm:

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As Najma explains to Kamala in the present, Aisha, Najma and the rest of their crew come from what she calls the Noor Dimension, where they are known as Clandestines. In this universe, however, they are known by various names, most commonly Djinn. Exiled to Earth for some undisclosed reason (which Kamala probably should have asked about), these Clandestines are looking for a way back home and almost found it when they discovered one of the two bracelets that day. But Aisha was separated from her group during the Partition, leaving her whereabouts and the bracelet’s location unknown. That is, until Kamala reactivated it at AvengerCon.

Najma’s flashback and long history lesson takes place before the show’s title sequence, but the information dumps don’t end there. After Kamala updates his friend Bruno, he tracks down some extremely specific readings about the Djinn, written in Urdu, and Mr. Khan meets him at Circle Q just in time to help translate. “Supernatural beings from pre-Islamic folklore, the Djinn have had many names across time and cultures,” says Khan. “Some call them geniuses. Others, demons. Legend tells of a group of Djinns in hiding, exiled from their homeworld and condemned to live out their days trapped in ours. They move in the shadows, looking for the key that will help them get home. But to unlock such an ancient barrier will require primal power.”

Wherever Bruno found these things, not only did the guy give Kamala some useful information about her new acquaintances, as well as where her own powers might come from, but he likely provided us with the roadmap for the rest of the year. lady marvel. When Kamala tells Kamran that helping the Underground could be dangerous, Najma and her team respond by breaking into Kamala’s brother’s wedding party, revealing the supposed villains advancing. (The heel turn is performed quite clumsily here. After waiting for decades, couldn’t they really just stay one more night to talk to Kamala and let her family enjoy the wedding? And you’d think these supernatural beings would have a plan. better that it wouldn’t have ended up with them in handcuffs or been so easily thwarted by some nosy kids, like in an episode of Scooby Doo.) There’s still a lot Kamala needs to learn about the Djinn, the bracelet, and what happened to Aisha, and by the end of the episode, it’s clear that her search for answers will lead her to Karachi next.

Even with all that is revealed in “Destined”, new mysteries continue to emerge in lady marvel, and some could be crucial to connecting Kamala to the future of the MCU. Let’s start with that severed blue arm from the flashback. While the Clandestines don’t seem to be bothered by what appears to be an alien limb, this arm could be an important clue as to how lady marvel will connect to Captain Marvel and The wondersfor it seems likely that it was once attached to a Kree.

The Kree, including the villainous Ronan the Accuser of Guardians of the Galaxyappeared in several Marvel movies and play a major role in how Carol Danvers acquires her superpowers in captain marvel. The militaristic alien race hails from the planet Hala, and while this is not always the case, most Kree are blue-skinned. The Kree create and rely on advanced technology, and Kamala’s bracelet could very well be one of their designs. We already know that Iman Vellani will reprise her role as Miss Marvel in The wonders, so it would also make sense for Kamala to find her connection to her idol Captain Marvel through the Kree. Assuming the Kree are now involved in the show, there’s still a chance that Kamala is Inhuman after all. But altering Kamala’s origins and weaving the Djinn into the mix (integrating pre-Islamic folklore and an ancient race with minor appearances in the comics), lady marvel apparently found a way to make ties to the larger MCU that are still consistent with the show’s themes and subjects.

Whether or not the bracelet is of Kree origin, all this talk about mystical artifacts of unknown origins and alternate dimensions brings to mind another recent MCU movie: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The 2021 film brings Shang-Chi into a dimension filled with Chinese mythological creatures, and in the end, he inherits his father Wenwu’s rings. These mystical bracelets kept Wenwu alive for a thousand years and gave him the power to establish an organization capable of conquering kingdoms and overthrowing governments. And while the exact connection is still unclear, the cave where Aisha and the Underworld find the bracelet in “Destined” features an unmistakable representation of the Ten Rings symbol on its floor:

It’s a fascinating and unexpected crossover that may have something to do with the film’s mid-credits scene, which sees Shang-Chi and her friend Katy meeting up with Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel herself, as they put their heads together to to discover. the nature and origins of the ten rings. Between Wong, Banner, and Danvers, the three possess extensive knowledge of the mystical arts, science, and alien technology, but none of them have any idea where the artifacts might come from. All they are able to discern is that they are really old, and that when Shang-Chi first used them, the rings emitted a signal to some unknown location in the multiverse. While not quite the same as interdimensional communication, the ending of “Destined” reveals that visions of a train brought by the bracelet can be seen by Kamala in New Jersey and her grandmother in Pakistan at the same time.

As the series heads to Karachi next week, lady marvel still has a lot to explain about Kamala’s ties to the Djinn and the origins of her bracelet, but the action and stakes of the show are rapidly increasing. As Feige teased recently, the end of Phase Four is approaching and “people will start to see where this next saga is going” in the coming months. He could be referring to this summer Thor: Love and Thunderbut given the third episode’s connections with Shang-Chi(potentially) the Kree Empire, and yet another dimension in the multiverse, is starting to look lady marvel could reveal even more about the next big event the MCU is heading towards after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga.

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