Ms. Marvel has reimagined Kamala Khan’s powers to strengthen her bond with the MCU

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Ms. Marvel has reimagined Kamala Khan's powers to strengthen her bond with the MCU

disney plus’ Mrs Miracle Series is one of the MCU’s better recent entries, but Kamala Khan’s new live-action superpowers have been a point of contention for fans of the comics, who worry about the series’ ability to translate the source material across media. Comics Ms. Marvel’s main thing is to smash stuff with her huge fists. But her polymorphic “embiggening” powers are also a metaphor for the way Kamala, a Muslim-American teenager born to Pakistani immigrants, navigates the world and the creative team behind it Mrs Miracle wanted that to be part of the show too.

In Marvel’s Comics, Kamala develops the ability to change her body into a variety of sizes, but in Mrs Miracle, she instead discovers that she is capable of manifesting glowing constructs of hard light. Though Kamala only just got into her powers towards the end Mrs Miracle‘s first episode, ads for the series have highlighted the various ways it will use them throughout the season. And while you do See how she creates her signature fists, much more emphasis was placed on her doing things like creating platforms to step on and throwing up defensive shields.

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During a recent interview on the Empire Movie Podcast, Mrs Miracle Executive Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Kamala Khan co-creator Sana Amanat, shared some of the considerations that went into reimagining Kamala’s traditionally malleable powers. While El Arbi and Fallah understood that Marvel boss Kevin Feige was looking for a new adaptation of Kamala’s story and not “literally a translation of the comics,” the directing duo were initially unsure how to approach the concept of the hard light one way that would look impressive.

“So we adjusted the superpowers, and that was very interesting because the first thing we read was ‘hard light,'” El Arbi said. “The harsh light felt like, ‘Okay… that wasn’t really detailed.’ So it was cool to create this new superpower with the visual effects team.”

According to Fallah, staying true to that has always been her goal Spirit of the books instead of getting annoyed with details because Mrs Miracle is a standalone story similar to but different from the books.

“We still wanted to capture the spirit of the comic — that she doesn’t know how to use that superpower — but still have those moments where the hand gets big,” Fallah said. “From a purely visual point of view, it was really cool to play with that light and its crystalline aspect.”

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Aside from their metaphorical significance, Kamala’s abilities in the comics are also an important part of their connection to the larger superhero world, where characters like the Inhumans have played a much larger role 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 humans who are unaware that they are not fully human.

This special event was already kind of touches in ABC’s now canceled Agents of SHIELD and into people Series that effectively ended the Inhumans’ presence in the MCU (apart from a surprise cameo appearance by Black Bolt Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness). Though Amanat didn’t judge whether Mrs Miracle acknowledge the Inhumans or reveal Kamala as one of them, she explained that it’s important for the show to find a way for its hero to have a similarly meaningful connection to something bigger than herself.

“Just as her powers in the comics were really influenced by this big event that was happening back then in the Marvel Universe, we wanted the show to connect Kamala’s powers to something much bigger,” Amanat said. “Both in the MCU, but also a connection to her legacy, her past, her type of heritage and her family.”

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Featuring Kamala, who will appear next in Nia DaCostas The wonders Alongside Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau, that makes some sense Mrs Miracle would set up his heroine to fit organically into a story of more cosmic proportions. Amanat echoed El Arbi and Fallah’s opinion that “the essence” of Kamala’s original powers is still very much there, saying that we can expect them to “evolve throughout the season” around the core of the ideas in the comics to reach.

“But there are some cool things that happen with her powers that I think are funny and whimsical and just how she controls them and they show up in weird ways,” Amanat said. “I think that’s still a beautiful metaphor for how she’s growing and developing and learning to understand what it means to show yourself for who you are, rather than pretending to be someone else.”

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