Disney Plus’ lady marvel The series is one of the best recent entries in the MCU, but Kamala Khan’s new live-action superpowers have been a point of contention for fans of the comics who are concerned about the show’s ability to translate source material between media. . Comics The main thing of Mrs. Marvel is smashing things with its massive fists. But her polymorphic “aggrandizement” powers are also a metaphor for the ways Kamala, a Muslim-American teenager born to Pakistani immigrants, moves around the world, and the creative team behind her. lady marvel I really wanted that to be part of the show too.
In the Marvel comics, Kamala develops the ability to transform her body into a variety of shapes and sizes, but in lady marvel, she discovers that she is capable of manifesting glowing constructs made of harsh light. Although Kamala just came into her powers at the end of lady marvelIn the first episode, the show’s announcements highlighted the different ways she will be using them throughout the season. And while you Does seeing her creating her signature fists, there’s been a lot more emphasis on her doing things like creating stomping platforms and throwing defensive shields.
During a recent interview about the Empire Film Podcast, lady marvel chief directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Kamala Khan co-creator Sana Amanat, opened up about some of the thoughts that led to reimagining Kamala’s traditionally elastic powers. While El Arbi and Fallah understood that Marvel boss Kevin Feige was looking for a new adaptation of Kamala’s story rather than “literally a translation from the comics,” the director duo weren’t sure initially how they might approach the concept. harsh light in a way that would look stunning.
“So we adapted the superpowers, and it was very interesting because the first thing we read was ‘strong light,’” El Arbi said. “The bright light looked like, ‘Okay… this hasn’t really been described in detail.’ So it was cool to create this new superpower with the visual effects team.”
According to Fallah, it was always his goal to stay true to the spirit of books rather than being precious about details because lady marvel it is its own similar but distinct story from the books.
“We wanted to still capture the spirit of the comic book – that she doesn’t know how to use this superpower – but still have those moments where the hand gets big,” Fallah said. “From a pure visual point of view, it was really cool to play with this light and the crystalline aspect of it.”
In addition to its metaphorical significance, Kamala’s abilities in the comics are also an important part of how she’s connected to the world of superheroes, where figures like the Inhumans have played much larger roles compared to the MCU. In the books, Kamala first comes into her powers after being exposed to a mutagenic mist that activates dormant Inhuman genes in unsuspecting people who are unaware that they are not fully human.
This particular event was already kind of approached on ABC’s now-canceled SHIELD agents and in humans series that effectively ended the Inhumans’ presence in the MCU (except for a surprising cameo by Black Lightning in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness). Although Amanat did not address whether lady marvel recognize the Inhumans or reveal Kamala as one of them, she explained that it was important for the show to find a way for its hero to have an equally meaningful connection to something greater than herself.
“In the same way that her powers in the comics were really influenced by this big event that happened in the Marvel Universe at the time, we wanted the show to have Kamala’s powers tied to something much bigger,” said Amanat. “Both in the MCU, but they also tie into his legacy, his past, his kind of cultural heritage and his family.”
With Kamala next to appear in Nia DaCosta The wonders alongside Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, it makes a certain sense that lady marvel would configure its heroine to organically fit into a story on a more cosmic scale. Amanat echoed El Arbi and Fallah’s sentiment that “the essence” of Kamala’s original powers is still very much present and said we can expect to see them “evolve over the course of the season” in ways that get to the heart of the ideas in the comics.
“But there are some cool things that happen with her powers that I think are fun and quirky and also just her navigating them, and them kind of showing up in weird ways,” Amanat said. “I think it’s just a lovely metaphor of her growing up and evolving and learning to understand what it means to come across as who you are versus pretending to be someone else.”