Ms. Marvel premiere mid-credits scene explained

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Ms. Marvel premiere mid-credits scene explained

This post contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel. If you want to stay spoiler free, check out ours Ms. Marvel premiere review.

Ms. Marvel is finally here and our favorite fangirl Kamala Khan is ready to take the world by storm. That is, after she’s done her homework. Kamala is a normal teenage girl with normal teenage problems – she is loved but misunderstood by her family, she has her head in the clouds and is expected to know what she wants to do with her whole life while she is a junior year of high school. Of course, these issues get a little more complicated after she dons her grandmother’s bracelet for a Captain Marvel costume contest and suddenly finds herself with cosmic powers.

While Avengers Con attendees seem relatively unfazed by the fact that superpowers have wreaked havoc on the convention’s stages and photo ops, Kamala’s newfound powers do manage to capture the attention of a currently faceless government agency after video of the convention events reaches them. Let’s talk about the Ms. Marvel mid-credits scene.

Who was that in the mid-credits scene?

Meet P. Cleary (Arian Moayed). You probably know him from Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he was one of the few souls stupid enough to try and tease Aunt May (Marisa Tomei).

Given that he tried to frame Aunt May for child abuse and did his best to trick MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon) – ok, he kind of succeeded with Ned – we already know that he is a bit shit. His co-star Sadie Deever (Alysia Reiner) makes her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut here in Ms. Marvel, but we don’t expect her to be much more pleasant to deal with.

Both partners are agents of the United States Department of Damage Control (also known as “Damage Control” or DODC).

What is damage control?

Damage Control started out as a subsidiary of SHIELD (someone’s gotta clean up after those Avengers). After the Chitauri invaded, damage control switched from SHIELD to reporting under the executive branch of the United States government. They have also teamed up with Stark Industries in the past to collect powerful alien technology. Oh yeah, and that partnership with Stark Industries got Adrian Toomes out of his job, meaning they’re basically responsible for the origin of the Vulture. But now? Now they are a federal agency focused on arresting “enhanced” individuals and confiscating alien artifacts.

You’ve seen them in multiple places in MCU history, starting with Iron Man (cleaning up the Iron Monger mess on camera while Coulson and Pepper prepare Tony for his press conference), throughout Agents of SHIELD, and the aforementioned Spider-Man: No Way Home Confrontation.

Who is the villain in Ms. Marvel?

Given what we know about the series so far, it seems unlikely that Damage Control will serve as Ms. Marvel’s main foil throughout the series. Federal agency will no doubt give Kamala a lot of trouble, but it’s an odd choice for “big bad.”

Who will end up being Ms. Marvel’s real villain, the choices are many! The most obvious choices are The Inventor, Ms. Marvel’s first villain in the comics and a human-bird hybrid (it’s complicated), or Kamran, Kamala’s first crush who ends up possessing secret inhuman abilities. We’re not seeing her swoon just yet, but given the show’s slower pace and the number of cast members with no set roles, there’s still plenty of time. Kamala also happens to be one of the few Marvel characters without a nemesis, so there’s a chance this might be less of an engaging series villain scenario and we’ll see something a little closer to the flavor of villains of the week.

Despite this, at no point in this series does Damage Control appear to be a fun part of Ms. Marvel’s life. The MCU version of the character may not be Inhuman, but her grandmother’s bracelet certainly seems to fit the “alien artifact” part of Damage Control’s job description.

Amelia is the streaming editor here at IGN. She’s also a film and television critic who spends too much time talking about dinosaurs, superheroes, and folk horror. You can usually find her with her dog, Rogers. There may be cheeseburgers involved.

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