The bracelet from Ms. Marvel Could Be The MCU’s Answer To Quantum Bands

While Kamala Khan’s powers have been significantly reworked for the MCU, Disney Plus’ latest episode lady marvel The series may be gearing up for a reveal that connects its hero and his abilities to the original Captain Marvel comics from Marvel comics.

Kamala initially doesn’t think much about the vintage bracelet she receives in a gift package from her grandmother Sana (Samina Ahmad) in lady marvelfirst episode. But when she actually puts it on, she immediately realizes that there’s a lot more to inheritance than meets the eye. In addition to transporting Kamala (at least mentally) to another plane bathed in neon light, the bracelet unlocks her power to generate glowing constructs made from an unidentified energy that comes from within her.

In the short time since Kamala got her hands on the bracelet, she is mostly focused on figuring out what she can do with it and why her seemingly ordinary grandmother would send her such a strange – and perhaps supernatural – object that no one in her family would ever have. already mentioned before. Because Kamala is busy with her brother Aamir’s (Saagar Shaikh) wedding in lady marvelin the third and newest episode, “Destined,” she doesn’t exactly find answers to all of her questions. But “Destined” lays out some interesting details about the history of the Khan family that sound a lot like lady marvelit’s the way to tie Kamala’s fate to the legacy of the comic book heroes whose mantle she bears.

Kamala creating a hard light construction.
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Before “Destined” fixes its focus on Kamala’s life, it begins at a pivotal time in 1942, when her great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and a group of fellow explorers finally located the bracelet in a temple somewhere in the region occupied by the British people. India. It is not revealed how the bracelet got there, but what Aisha, her companion Najma (Nimra Bucha) and everyone else present could clearly see was that the corpse she was attached to was a conspicuous shade of blue much like some of the others. Kree aliens seen in captain marvel. With the temple under siege, Aisha and others knew they didn’t have time to thoroughly check if Both of the bracelets were hidden there, and when the building collapsed, the explorers are all separated and unsure of what happened to the golden treasure.

While lady marvel shows all of this in a flashback, Kamala hears from Najma directly in the present day – just moments later the duo manages to evade capture by the Department of Damage Control. Up until this point, Kamala had no reason to suspect that Najma was anything more than the mother of her crush Kamran (Rish Shah), but because of all the weird things happening to her personally, it doesn’t exactly shock Kamala to learn that Najma isn’t. exactly human. Instead, Kamran, Najma, and all of Aisha’s other traveling friends identify as Clan Destines – a subset of long-lived, djinn-like beings driven from their home in another dimension.

In Marvel comics, the Clan Destines are a family of humans whose different magical powers derive from one of their English ancestors who was given a wish for immortality by a green-skinned djinn, whom he married. Inside lady marvelNajma speaks of the Clan Destines as a family and implies that while Aisha was not one of them, they considered her an ally committed to helping them return to their home using the power of the bracelets.

Najma and Kamala experiencing the same vision.
Image: Wonder

Again, most of “Destined” focuses on Aamir and Kamala’s marriage working to keep her life as a secret vigilante hidden from her biological family. But the emphasis this episode places on Kamala’s bracelet and the idea of ​​people using them to open portals to other dimensions makes it seem like lady marvelis featuring the MCU’s version of the Quantum Bands or the Nega Bands, powerful objects that are a significant part of Kree history in the Marvel comics universe.

Before Kamala Khan became the newest Miss Marvel, the title initially belonged to Carol Danvers until Is it over there dropped out to become the latest Captain Marvel, a codename first adopted by Kree soldier Mar-Vell after hearing humans mispronounce his name. While Mar-Vell’s Kree heritage grants him a variety of advantages over humans by default, he doesn’t step into the Captain Marvel powers he’s best known for until writer Archie Goodwin and artist Don Heck. captain marvel #16, 1969. After Mar-Vell proves to be a truly fearsome warrior and nearly sacrifices his life, the Kree Supreme Intelligence rewards him by increasing his powers and giving him a new red and black outfit accented by a pair of golden bracelets, known as Nega-Bands.

In addition to allowing Mar-Vell to manipulate different forms of energy, the Nega-Bands also created a problem for the hero, as his connection to the Negative Zone (of Fantastic Four fame) led to Mar-Vell himself being transported and imprisoned. there. It wasn’t until Rick Jones, a longtime human friend of the Avengers, found and donned another set of Nega-Bands that Mar-Vell was temporarily freed from the Nega-Band. For a time, Mar-Vell and Jones settled into a strange double life, where they would periodically use their Nega-Bands to switch places on Earth and the Negative Zone for a few hours at a time, making it possible for both of them to function as superheroes. .

Wendell using the Quantum Bands to create fist-shaped constructs.
Image: Marvel Comics

Although a gender-switched version of Mar-Vell has existed in the MCU and appearing in captain marvel, neither she nor the Nega-Bands are specifically named in “Destined”. But the way the bracelet appears to transport those who touch it to another place – a place other than Earth – looks a lot like the Nega-Bands’ teleportation abilities and the psychic connection they forged between Mar-Vell and Jones. Interestingly, the Nega-Bands aren’t the only important piece of gems related to Captain Marvel from the comics that lady marvel may be reworking for its first live-action appearance.

Inside captain marvel #29 by Jim Starlin, Mar-Vell’s heroism and already substantial power levels are part of what drives Eon – an anthropomorphized incarnation of time – to choose him as the latest in a long line of designated Protectors of the Universe. Being a Protector of the Universe has since become synonymous with being in possession of the Quantum Bands of Eon, the pair of energy channeling bracelets that the more modern design of the Nega-Bands of Kree is modeled on. But as comic book lore tends to shift and be written out of order by different creative teams, the Quantum Bands have become much more associated with the various cosmic heroes who have passed through Quasar over the years, such as former SHIELD agent Wendell Vaughn. .

as much as it seems lady marvel had to create a completely new way for his hero to stay in battle, in Mark Gruenwald, Paul Ryan and Paul Benton. Quasar #1, an untrained Vaughn more or less uses the Quantum Bands to make fist-shaped constructs the same way Kamala did. lady marvelmade it clear that whatever Kamala’s powers specifically are, she’s generating all that energy in her own steam, meaning her bracelet isn’t a direct analogue of the Nega-Bands or the Quantum Bands. But given how solid a job is lady marvelhas so far deftly worked on bits and pieces of all the different stories that laid the groundwork for Kamala to become a hero, it wouldn’t be surprising if her bracelet plays a pivotal role in what’s next in the MCU.

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