One of many greatest 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 skills had undergone a marked transformation within the character’s transition from the comics to the small display. Within the first two episodes, she solely began scratching the floor of what she may do together 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, take a look at my preview of the collection from earlier this month.) Comics Kamala beneficial properties her skills not as a result 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 had been initially created via experiments carried out 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 below the supervision of the Inhuman Royal Household and teaming up with their huge, teleporting canine as she masters her polymorphic skills.
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 special path. On the identical time, it could be a quite burdensome activity for head author Bisha Okay. Ali and the remainder of her staff to must 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, due to Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity.) It could solely make sense, then, that Kamala’s powers in Ms. Marvel would manifest in a approach that will be extra palatable to viewers who have not learn the comics or watched the Marvel TV exhibits exterior of the MCU. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige informed Empire“[Kamala] took place 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 restricted 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. (Curiously sufficient, it seems that there are two bangles, though the placement of the second remains 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 referred to as Clandestines. On this universe, nevertheless, they’re identified by a number of names, mostly Djinn. Exiled to Earth for some undisclosed purpose (that Kamala in all probability ought to’ve requested about), these Clandestines have been trying to find a approach again residence, and so they practically discovered it after 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 residence world and damned to reside out their days trapped in our personal. They transfer in shadows, trying to find the important thing that may assist them get residence. However to unlock such an historic barrier would require a primordial energy. ”
Wherever Bruno discovered these items, the man has not solely given Kamala some useful details about her new acquaintances, in addition to the place her personal powers might come from, however he in all probability 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 transferring ahead. (The heel flip is executed quite clumsily right here. After ready for many years, they actually could not simply stand by for yet another evening to speak issues via with Kamala and let her household benefit from the marriage ceremony? And also you’d suppose 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 youngsters, as in an episode of Scooby-Doo.) There’s nonetheless lots 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 all the pieces 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 significant trace at how Ms. Marvel will hook up with Captain Marvel and The Marvelsbecause it appears probably 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 significant 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 may very effectively be one among their designs. We already know that Iman Vellani will reprise her function as Ms. Marvel in The Marvels, so it could additionally make sense for Kamala to seek out her connection to her idol Captain Marvel by the use of the Kree. Assuming that the Kree at the moment are 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 technique to make ties to the bigger MCU which can be nonetheless per the themes and 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 crammed with 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 determine 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 enchanting, sudden crossover that will have one thing to do with the movie’s mid-credits scene, which finds Shang-Chi and his pal 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 in depth data of the mystic arts, science, and alien know-how, but none of them has any concept the place the artifacts may come from. All they’re in a position to discern is that they are actually previous, 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 prepare introduced forth by the bangle might 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 elucidate about Kamala’s ties to the Djinn and the origins of her bangle, however the present’s motion and stakes are escalating shortly. 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 might be referring to this summer season’s Thor: Love and Thunderhowever given the third episode’s connections to Shang-Chi(probably) the Kree Empire, and one more dimension throughout the multiverse, it is beginning to really feel like Ms. Marvel may reveal much more in regards to the subsequent main occasion that the MCU is heading towards after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga.