What is the origin story of Ms. Marvel?

It was clear from the trailers that Disney Plus’ lady marvel would be making some deviations from the comics, mainly in his superpowers. But it’s Kamala Khan’s origin story where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is likely to make the biggest changes.

On paper, the story of how Mrs. Marvel got her powers is merely strange. And when you zoom out to the level of corporations fighting over Marvel Comics’ intellectual property rights, things get even weirder. So here’s why we definitely won’t see Kamala’s original story on her TV show – and why no one is really surprised.

[Ed. note: This piece contains mild spoilers for the first two episodes of Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus.]

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In its second episode, lady marvel makes it clear that the origin of Kamala’s bracelet – a family heirloom from her great-grandmother – will be a central mystery in the series. It may take a few episodes before we find out more about your mysterious ancestor and the nature of this piece of jewelry that grants power over hard-light constructs.

This mystery might lead one to see how Kamala got her powers in the comics.

How Ms. Did Marvel get their powers in the comics?

Kamala Khan stops, disoriented, by a telephone pole as swirling mists surround her.

Image: G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona/Marvel Comics

In her comic book debut in 2014, Kamala discovered she was descended from an Inhuman when her superpowers were awakened by exposure to a cloud of Terrigen Mist created by the Terrigen Bomb. That phrase might lead a person to ask, “What the hell does that mean? It’s because? Why is it… like, like This one.”

Step into this time machine with me, reader, back to the year 2011. This was the first time that Marvel Studios appeared to be developing an Inhumans project for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who the hell are the Inhumans? They are a group of Marvel Comics characters originally introduced in The fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Created after the X-Men and before the Eternals, they are somewhere between the two concepts. Like the Eternals, they are a race of humanity that was genetically altered in the ancient past by extraterrestrial forces and lived on Earth in secret. But where the Eternals were nearly all-powerful and immortal, the Inhumans were driven to live in secret by the superstitious, violent, and more populous ancient humanity.

In an analogous but far less relatable way to the X-Men, the Inhumans were both hated and feared. And in 2011, Marvel Comics was on high alert for anything that could be analogous to the X-Men.

Yeah, let’s talk about the 20th Century Fox X-Men deal

In 2010, the X-Men film franchise, based on an exclusive film license for the X-Men purchased at a bargain price following Marvel’s bankruptcy in the 1990s, was a well-established money-making machine for the 20th. Century Fox. And the notorious head of Marvel Entertainment, conservative billionaire Ike Perlmutter, was reportedly irritated by the idea that Marvel Comics was still publishing what he saw as de facto ads for a rival company. In other words, the X-Men comics.

Editorially, Marvel Comics has adopted a silent mandate to put the X-Men on the back burner in favor of bringing a different pot to a boil. The Inhumans were compelling, and in the 2010s both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios would try to make them happen.

For Marvel Studios, that meant producing the MCU’s biggest flop, in humans the television show and then promptly abandoning the entire concept except for a brief reference in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. For Marvel Comics, that meant finding a way to make Inhuman characters more modern and relatable. The problem was that, in Marvel Comics canon, the process of unlocking an Inhuman’s superpowers was, unlike the X-Men, very deliberate: Inhumans were ritually exposed to a mutagenic substance called “Terrigen Mist”. You couldn’t just have a bunch of random humans wake up as Inhumans the way a teenager might wake up and discover their mutant powers.

Terrigen Mists from the Terrigne Bomb sweep through human populations, enveloping random people in cocoons and transforming them.  “As the Terrigen Cloud expanded, all those with Inhuman DNA in their genetic code began to receive their birthright,” the narration boxes read.  “Some would change slowly.  Others quickly.  But the world... changed forever”, in Infinity #4 (2013).

Image: Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver/Marvel Comics

And so, during the 2013 crossover event infinity, Black Bolt, the king of the Inhumans, detonated the “Terrigen Bomb”, releasing masses and masses of Terrigen Mist clouds into the Earth’s atmosphere. Why did he detonate? Well, he was fighting Thanos and – look, it doesn’t really matter; the important thing is that wherever the clouds moved, wherever they touched a person with traces of Inhuman DNA (i.e. whose ancestors had already had babies with an Inhuman), they closed those people in coarse cocoons and activated their latent Inhuman abilities. .

And that’s how Kamala Khan got her powers in the comics. She was walking him from a party she shouldn’t have been to, Terrigen Mist walked in, she was cocooned, and she came out as a stretchy, shape-shifting superhuman. Kamala’s instant success, from an editorial point of view, was an exception. Most of the new superpowered characters — or Nuhumans — that Marvel has created with the Terrigen Mists storyline haven’t hit big in any significant way (although Lunella Lafayette, the super-smart star of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosauris another Nuhuman who will have her own show soon).

And, needless to say, the Inhumans never became as popular as the X-Men.

Is Kamala an Inhuman on the Disney Plus show?

(LR): Iman Vellani as Ms.  Marvel / Kamala Khan, holding her hand, which is glowing with strange energy, and Matt Lintz as Bruno in Ms.  Marvel.

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It is unclear.

since the failure of in humans at ABC, the characters were abandoned by the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actors who played them have moved on to other projects, and Terrigen Bomb is definitely not a thing. And then lady marvel eschews any sort of cocoon or supernatural weather event in favor of a family heirloom and an icy generational silence around Kamala’s great-grandmother.

So far, the series seems to be linking Kamala’s powers to her family in a way they just aren’t in the comics. Of course, in the comics, her family fought for the Partition of India, and her great-grandmother had a bracelet in which she hid the family’s money as they traveled, which was passed down from mother to daughter for Kamala. But it’s not magical, it’s just meaningful. And Kamala’s comic book abilities are technically derived from her genetics, but on a level so old it amounts to pure chance.

A connection back to Kamala’s great-grandmother could still be leading to a revelation that “Kamala descends from a race of superhumans” – but with the Inhumans’ reduced status in the MCU these days, it seems more likely that this is a hallmark. new origin story, possibly even one that is completely disconnected from other Marvel properties. If something cosmic is going on, there are other, more central types of non-human people that Kamala’s great-grandmother could have been.

Perhaps she is an Eternal, an Inhuman-like property that is actually of interest to the current architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or maybe Kamala’s great-grandmother was a member of the Kree, the alien race that largely appeared in Captain Marvel’s origin in the MCU. This would bring Kamala’s MCU origin closer to Carol’s current Marvel Comics, and give her a direct connection to Carol prior to her appearance in The wondersthe next sequence of captain marvel.

We won’t know for sure until lady marvel reveals more about Kamala’s origin story.

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