What does it mean to be [SPOILER] Means for Kamala Khan?

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel.

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Before the release of Ms. Marvel on Disney+, the big talking point surrounding the show was how it revamped Kamala Khan’s (Iman Vellani) power play. Rather than being an Inhuman with the ability to shapeshift and grow or enlarge her body, Kamala came into possession of a family heirloom that allowed her to create constructs. mimicking his comic powers, but not really. The tweaking of the show from its origin was mixed, then the season finale makes things even more complicated with an endgame reveal that drastically changes Kamala’s place both in the MCU and as a comic book character. If you know, you already know, and if you don’t, go ahead and watch the episode before you come back here.

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In the closing moments of the finale, “No Normal,” Kamala’s pal Bruno (Matt Lintz) pulls Kamala aside and discusses what he found in her DNA while looking into the bracelet that grants her her powers. Bruno tells her that there is “something different” in her genes compared to the rest of her family, “like a mutation”, how the 90s x-men themed rooms. Kamala Khan is not an Inhuman, she is the first official mutant in the MCU.

As Marvel Editor-in-Chief and Shows Producer Sana Amanat told Empire Review, the decision to make Kamala a mutant has been discussed “for quite some time”. In fact, when the character was originally designed by G. Willow Wilson and Wilson, they planned for her to be a mutant. “When we thought of Kamala at the time…we originally wanted to make her a mutant. That was the whole intention, to be able to do that. At some point in the creative process, she would become a Inhuman who discovered her powers after Black Bolt detonated the Terrigen Bomb which spawned a whole new wave of Inhumans (nicknamed NuHumans) on Earth, and the rest is history. Marvel’s comic book history featured some conceptually interesting comic book characters and series, none of which really took off the way Kamala did with a wider audience.

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Showrunner Bisha K. Ali, on Marvel’s websitecalled it the “best day of his life” for bringing meutants in the fold. The creative team was trying to figure out why she could access the bracelet’s abilities, but no one else in her family would, and it was important to keep Kamala different from the rest of the Khans. Once they settled on it, they kept it a secret. Once it has been revealed in secret, Vellani, reacted accordingly by sending an e-mail Kevin Feige in all caps. “I’m so honored!… This is the biggest deal in the world,” she said, “and the fact that it’s happening on our show is crazy.”

Of course, the question now is what a mutant Kamala means for Marvel in the future. On the MCU front, it’s pretty easy to guess: if and when we get a new Avengers team, they’ll almost certainly be there as the first mutant Avenger, and likely pave the way for future mutants like Wolverine, Sunspot, or anyone else to join the roster like they have in the comics. (Assuming the Avengers don’t mess it up while pissing off the mutants, because they tend to do.) It also means she potentially has a reason to hang out with the MCU’s X-Men in the near future; maybe not as a longtime member of the team, but someone they can call or hang out with in their spare time. At some point, Wolverine will need another surrogate girl to play with, and that’s as good a dynamic as any to play with.

It’s in the comics that things get a little trickier. Again, Kamala was created as an Inhuman, during a time when Marvel was trying to get these characters off the ground because Fox owned the movie rights to the X-Men. Those plans didn’t go well—like, at all– and the Inhumans were largely killed in grisly fashion, with the remaining survivors MIA ever since then Death of the Inhumans an event. Absent from all of that was Kamala, and beyond looping her occasionally into Inhuman stories or having her hang out with Lockjaw, her comics didn’t really make being an Inhuman a major part of her storyline. comic background. With that in mind, it’s not impossible that she realizes her mutant heritage and is offered a chance to step on Crack, maybe spending some time with the New Mutants. If Marvel Was Able To Return Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver by not being mutants at the time, they could very well make Kamala one.

Expect this to become a poster for a movie or TV show in the next few years.

Expect this to become a poster for a movie or TV show in the next few years.
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Kamala Khan’s saga is still being written, both in the comics and in the MCU. In time, her being a mutant all this time will probably be one of the dumbest, but still least interesting things to happen to her. Ultimately, it’s just a reminder that comics, especially Big Two comics, are super weird.

Ms. Marvel the first season is available now on Disney+.


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