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

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 'MS.  Marvel' may be different than the comics, but it's an integral part of the future of the MCU

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One of the biggest questions towards Mrs Miracle was how the new Disney+ series would deal with and acquire Kamala Khan’s superpowers. Even from the show’s trailers, it was evident that her abilities had undergone a marked shift as the character transitioned from the comics to the small screen. In the first two episodes, she only scratched the surface of what she could do with her mysterious bangle and where it came from. As Mrs Miracle reaching its midpoint with the release of the third episode on Wednesday, Kamala was finally starting to get some answers.

Before we dive into the revelations from this week’s episode, though, let’s revisit Kamala’s origins in the comics. (To learn more about Ms. Marvel’s comic history, check out my series preview from earlier this month.) Comics Kamala doesn’t gain her abilities because of a mystical bracelet, but rather because she stumbles into a Terrigen Mist that possesses her latent super powers unleashed. As she later finds out, Kamala is an Inhuman, making her a member of an ancient race of superhumans originally created through experimentation by the alien Kree. (More on that later.) Her Inhuman genes connect her to the wider Marvel Universe and its history, and before long, Kamala is under the watchful eye of the Inhuman Royal Family and allies with her giant, teleporting dog while mastering her polymorph abilities.

Given the importance of Kamala’s Inhuman origins in the comics, it was a surprise when Mrs Miracle The TV show seemed to go in a different direction. At the same time, reintroducing the Inhumans in the MCU as part of Kamala’s own origin story would be a rather tedious task for head writer Bisha K. Ali and the rest of her team, since only the concept of them exists in the worlds of ABC into people and Agents of SHIELD Series. (Although that’s not true everywhere in the multiverse, thanks Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.) So it would only make sense that Kamala’s powers in Mrs Miracle would manifest in a way that would be more palatable to viewers who haven’t read the comics or watched the Marvel TV shows outside of the MCU. As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said Rich“[Kamala] originated at a very specific time within comics continuity. It now comes at a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t go together. … What we’re going to learn about where those powers come from and how they come about is specific to the MCU.”

The third episode of Mrs Miracle begins researching the source of Kamala’s powers from the start. Destined begins with a flashback that takes 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 also happens to be 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 hail from the Noor dimension, where they are known as the Clandestine. However, in this universe they are known by several names, most commonly jinn. Banished to Earth for unknown reasons (that Kamala probably should have asked), these clandestines were looking for a way back home, and they almost found it when they spotted one of the two bracelets that day. But Aisha was separated from her group during the division, so her whereabouts and the location of the bracelet remained unknown. That is, until Kamala reactivated it at AvengerCon.

The flashback and Najma’s long history lesson all take place before the show’s title sequence, but the information dumps don’t end there. After Kamala updates her pal Bruno, he tracks down some very specific readings about the Djinn written in Urdu, and Mr. Khan finds him in the Circle Q just in time to help translate. “As supernatural beings of pre-Islamic folklore, the jinn have had many names throughout times and cultures,” reads Mr. Khan. “Some call them geniuses. others, demons. Legend tells of a group of hidden Djinn, banished from their homeworld and doomed to spend their days imprisoned on our own. They move in the shadows looking for the key that will help them get home. But to open such an ancient barrier requires a primal force.”

Wherever Bruno found this stuff, not only did the guy give Kamala some helpful information about her new acquaintances and where her own powers might come from, but he also probably gave us the roadmap for the rest of Mrs Miracle. When Kamala tells Kamran that helping the Clandestines might be dangerous, Najma and her crew respond by crashing Kamala’s brother’s wedding party, revealing themselves to be the suspected villains moving forward. (The heel turn is performed rather clumsily here. After decades of waiting, couldn’t you just watch one more night to discuss things with Kamala and let her family enjoy the wedding? And you’d think that these supernatural beings would have one had a better plan that wouldn’t have ended in handcuffs or been foiled as easily by a bunch of meddling kids as in an episode of Scooby Doo.) There is still much Kamala has to learn about the Djinn, the bracelet and what happened to Aisha, and by the end of the episode it is clear that her search for answers will lead her to Karachi next.

Despite everything revealed in Destined, new mysteries keep emerging Mrs Miracle, and some could be crucial in tying Kamala to the future of the MCU. Let’s start with the severed blue arm from the flashback. Although the Clandestines seem unfazed by something lying around like an alien limb, this arm could be a major clue as to how Mrs Miracle will connect with Captain Marvel and The wondersas it is likely that it was once attached to a Kree.

The Kree, including the villain Ronan the Accuser Guardians of the Galaxyhave appeared in several Marvel films and play an important role in how Carol Danvers gains her superpowers Captain Marvel. The militaristic alien race hails from the planet Hala, and while this is not always the case, the majority of the 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 Ms. Marvel in The wonders, so it would also make sense for Kamala to use the Kree to find her connection to her idol, Captain Marvel. Assuming the Kree are now involved in the show, there’s still a chance that Kamala will turn out to be an Inhuman after all. But by altering Kamala’s origins and weaving the jinn into the mix (incorporating both pre-Islamic folklore and an ancient race with minor appearances in the comics), Mrs Miracle has apparently found a way to make connections to the larger MCU that are still consistent with the themes and themes of the series.

Regardless of whether the bangle is Kree or not, all this talk about mystical artifacts of unknown origin and alternate dimensions is reminiscent of another recent MCU film: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The 2021 film takes Shang-Chi to a dimension full of Chinese mythical creatures, and he ends up inheriting his father Wenwu’s rings. These mystical bracelets kept Wenwu alive for a thousand years, granting him the power to found an organization capable of conquering kingdoms and overthrowing governments. And while the exact connection isn’t clear yet, the cave where Aisha and the Clandestine find the bracelet in Destined features a distinctive rendering of the ten-ring symbol on its floor:

It’s an intriguing, unexpected crossover that may have something to do with the film’s mid-credits scene where Shang-Chi and his girlfriend Katy meet up with Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel himself while putting their heads together to find out the nature and origins of the ten rings. Between Wong, Banner, and Danvers, the three have an extensive knowledge of mystical arts, science, and alien technology, but none of them have any idea where the artifacts might have come from. All they can tell is that they are very old, and when Shang-Chi first used them, the rings sent a signal to an unknown location in the multiverse. While not quite the same as interdimensional communication, the ending of Destined reveals that Kamala in New Jersey and her grandmother in Pakistan were simultaneously seeing visions of a train spawned by the bracelet.

As the series heads to Karachi next week, Mrs Miracle still has much to explain about Kamala’s connections to the jinn and the origins of her bracelet, but the show’s action and commitment escalates quickly. As Feige recently teased, the end of phase four is nearing, and “people will start to see where this next saga is going over the coming months.” He could refer to this summer Thor: Love and Thunderbut given the connections of the third episode too Shang Chi(Possibly) the Kree Empire and yet another dimension throughout the multiverse, that’s what it feels like Mrs Miracle 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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