One of many largest questions heading into Ms. Marvel was how the brand new Disney + collection would deal with Kamala Khan’s superpowers and the way she attains them. Even from the present’s trailers, it was evident that her talents had undergone a marked transformation within the character’s transition from the comics to the small display screen. Within the first two episodes, she solely began scratching the floor of what she might do along with her mysterious bangle, in addition to the place it got here from. As Ms. Marvel reached its midpoint with the discharge of the third episode on Wednesday, Kamala lastly started to get some solutions.
Earlier than we discover the reveals from this week’s installment, although, let’s revisit Kamala’s origins within the comics. (To learn extra about Ms. Marvel’s comics historical past, try my preview of the collection from earlier this month.) Comics Kamala positive aspects her talents not on account of a mystical bangle, however as a result of she stumbles right into a Terrigen Mist that unlocks her latent superpowers. As she later finds out, Kamala is an Inhuman, making her a member of an historic race of superhumans who have been initially created by experiments performed by the alien Kree. (Extra on them later.) Her Inhuman genes join her to the broader Marvel Universe and its historical past, and shortly sufficient, Kamala is beneath the supervision of the Inhuman Royal Household and teaming up with their large, teleporting canine as she masters her polymorphic talents.
Given how necessary Kamala’s Inhuman origins are within the comics, it got here as one thing of a shock when Ms. Marvel the TV present gave the impression to be heading in a distinct route. On the identical time, it will be a fairly burdensome process for head author Bisha Ok. Ali and the remainder of her staff to need to reintroduce the Inhumans within the MCU as a part of Kamala’s personal origin story, for the reason that very idea of them exists solely inside the worlds of ABC’s Inhumans and Brokers of SHIELD collection. (Although that is not precisely true in every single place within the multiverse, because of Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.) It will solely make sense, then, that Kamala’s powers in Ms. Marvel would manifest in a approach that may be extra palatable to viewers who have not learn the comics or watched the Marvel TV reveals outdoors of the MCU. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige advised Empire“[Kamala] happened in a really particular time inside the comic-book continuity. She is now coming into a really particular time inside the MCU continuity. And people two issues did not match. … What we’ll study the place these powers come from, and the way they arrive about, is particular to the MCU. ”
The third episode of Ms. Marvel begins to discover the supply of Kamala’s powers from its opening moments. “Destined” begins with a flashback, taking us to British-occupied India in 1942, the place Kamala’s great-grandmother, Aisha, and Kamran’s mom, Najma, have discovered the omnipotent bangle. (Apparently sufficient, it seems that there are two bangles, though the placement of the second continues to be unknown.) The bangle is buried beneath a pile of rubble, and likewise occurs to be hooked up to a severed blue arm:
As Najma explains to Kamala within the current, Aisha, Najma, and the remainder of their crew hail from what she refers to because the Noor Dimension, the place they’re often known as Clandestines. On this universe, nevertheless, they’re identified by a number of names, mostly Djinn. Exiled to Earth for some undisclosed cause (that Kamala most likely ought to’ve requested about), these Clandestines have been looking for a approach again dwelling, and so they almost discovered it once they found one of many two bangles that day. However Aisha was separated from their group in the course of the Partition, leaving her whereabouts and the placement of the bangle unknown. That’s, till Kamala reactivated it at AvengerCon.
The flashback and Najma’s prolonged historical past lesson all happen earlier than the present’s title sequence, however the data dumps do not finish there. After Kamala brings her buddy Bruno on top of things, he tracks down some wildly particular readings in regards to the Djinn, written in Urdu, and Mr. Khan finds him on the Circle Q simply in time to assist translate. “Supernatural beings of pre-Islamic folklore, the Djinn have had many names throughout time and cultures,” Mr. Khan reads. “Some name them genies. Others, demons. Legend tells of a gaggle of hidden Djinn, exiled from their dwelling world and damned to stay out their days trapped in our personal. They transfer in shadows, looking for the important thing that may assist them get dwelling. However to unlock such an historic barrier would require a primordial energy. ”
Wherever Bruno discovered these things, the man has not solely given Kamala some useful details about her new acquaintances, in addition to the place her personal powers could come from, however he most likely has supplied us with the street map for the remainder of Ms. Marvel. When Kamala tells Kamran that serving to the Clandestines could also be harmful, Najma and her crew reply by crashing the marriage celebration of Kamala’s brother, revealing themselves to be the presumptive villains shifting ahead. (The heel flip is executed fairly clumsily right here. After ready for many years, they actually could not simply stand by for yet one more night time to speak issues by with Kamala and let her household benefit from the wedding ceremony? And also you’d assume that these supernatural beings would’ve had a greater plan that would not have ended with them in handcuffs or been so simply thwarted by some meddling children, as in an episode of Scooby-Doo.) There’s nonetheless so much that Kamala must be taught in regards to the Djinn, the bangle, and what occurred to Aisha, and by the tip of the episode, it is clear that her seek for solutions will lead her to Karachi subsequent.
Even with every part that’s revealed in “Destined,” new mysteries proceed to emerge in Ms. Marvel, and a few could also be essential to connecting Kamala to the way forward for the MCU. Let’s begin with that severed blue arm from the flashback. Though the Clandestines appear unfazed by what seems to be an alien limb mendacity about, this arm could also be a serious trace at how Ms. Marvel will connect with Captain Marvel and The Marvelsbecause it appears seemingly that it was as soon as hooked up to a Kree.
The Kree, together with the villainous Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxyhave appeared in a number of Marvel filmsand so they play a serious function in how Carol Danvers acquires her superpowers in Captain Marvel. The militaristic alien race come from the planet Hala, and although not at all times the case, nearly all of Kree are blue-skinned. The Kree create and depend on superior know-how, and Kamala’s bangle might very properly be one in every of their designs. We already know that Iman Vellani will reprise her function as Ms. Marvel in The Marvels, so it will additionally make sense for Kamala to seek out her connection to her idol Captain Marvel by means of the Kree. Assuming that the Kree are actually concerned within the present, there’s nonetheless an opportunity that Kamala seems to be Inhuman in any case. However by altering Kamala’s origins and weaving the Djinn into the combination (integrating each pre-Islamic folklore and an historic race with minor appearances within the comics), Ms. Marvel has seemingly discovered a option to make ties to the bigger MCU which are nonetheless in keeping with the themes and subject material of the collection.
Whether or not or not the bangle is of Kree origin, all of this discuss of mystical artifacts of unknown origins and alternate dimensions brings to thoughts one other current MCU film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The 2021 movie brings Shang-Chi to a dimension full of Chinese language mythological creatures, and by the tip of it, he inherits his father Wenwu’s rings. These mystical bracelets stored Wenwu alive for a thousand years and granted him the facility to ascertain a corporation able to conquering kingdoms and tearing down governments. And although the precise connection is not clear but, the cavern the place Aisha and the Clandestines discover the bangle in “Destined” options an unmistakable rendering of the Ten Rings image throughout its flooring:
It is an interesting, surprising crossover that will have one thing to do with the movie’s mid-credits scene, which finds Shang-Chi and his buddy Katy assembly with Wong, Bruce Banner, and Captain Marvel herself, as they put their heads collectively to determine the character and origins of the ten rings. Between Wong, Banner, and Danvers, the three possess intensive information of the mystic arts, science, and alien know-how, but none of them has any thought the place the artifacts might come from. All they’re in a position to discern is that they are actually outdated, and that when Shang-Chi first used them, the rings emitted a sign to some unknown location within the multiverse. Though it is not fairly the identical as interdimensional communication, the tip of “Destined” reveals that visions of a practice introduced forth by the bangle could possibly be seen by Kamala in New Jersey and her grandmother in Pakistan on the identical time.
Because the collection heads to Karachi subsequent week, Ms. Marvel nonetheless has a lot to clarify about Kamala’s ties to the Djinn and the origins of her bangle, however the present’s motion and stakes are escalating rapidly. As Feige not too long ago teased, the tip of Part 4 is approaching, and “folks will begin to see the place this subsequent saga goes” within the coming months. He could possibly be referring to this summer time’s Thor: Love and Thunderhowever given the third episode’s connections to Shang-Chi(doubtlessly) the Kree Empire, and one more dimension throughout the multiverse, it is beginning to really feel like Ms. Marvel might reveal much more in regards to the subsequent main occasion that the MCU is heading towards after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga.