The sixth and final episodedropped to last week brings Kamala Khan’s first adventure (and seventh TV show) to the end, with a great new twist on her comic book origins and the usual post-credits surprise. The finale catches up with Kamala ( ) after and her mom (Zenobia Shroff) accepting that her daughter has superpowers.
Underused villain and Clandestine leader Najma (Nimra Bucha) sacrificed herself to close the Veil of Noor and cut off the dangerous portal to her home dimension. She abandoned and renounced her son Kamran (Rish Shah), but transferred her powers to him in her final moments.
Back home in Jersey City, Kamran seeks refuge with Kamala’s super smart best friend, Bruno Carrelli (Matt Lintz). Their heart-to-heart is interrupted by a drone sent by the Department of Damage Control to hunt people with power. Kamran uses his powers to destroy it, but the Circle Q convenience store is blown up in the process.
Let’s use our cosmic SPOILER powers and dive into the finale. This show takes place in the post-Avengers: Endgame period and partially.
After Tamran escapes to Karachi, Pakistan and into the care of the Red Daggers, Bruno tells Kamala that he has looked at her genetic makeup again. Turns out she’s not like the rest of her family.
“There’s something different in your genes,” he says. “Like a mutation.
As Kamala processes it, we get a small hint of the X-Men animated series theme from the 90s, but she dismisses it as “another label,” even as the heads of actual fans explode. Marvel wasof for a while now, but Kamala appears to be the first confirmed mutant to appear in the MCU’s main series.
“There’s a lot of different ways it could go,” Ms. Marvel executive producer and co-creator Sana Amanatafter the finale airs. “It’s important, and ultimately it’s not… We’re trying to make this whole thing about how we shouldn’t define ourselves based on these labels, so we didn’t want to put too much weight on it.”
It’s a twist on her comic book origin, in which her powers are a result of her Inhuman status (a genetic offshoot of humanity that gains power when exposed to Terrigen Mist). They are quite similar to Marvel’s mutants who manifest their abilities when the X gene in their DNA is activated.
Until Marvel owner Disney regained the film rights to the X-Men when it acquired 21st Century Fox (and the X-Men film rights) in 2019, mutants could not be used in the MCU. It seemed like Marvel was trying to promote the Inhumans as a replacement. Unfortunately,was bad – it’s on Disney Plus, don’t waste your time watching it – and that thought went away.
Ever since Fox’s acquisition, X-Men fans have been anticipating the arrival of the mutant super team in the MCU. So far, Quicksilver from the X-Men movies has(this ) and Professor X appeared (he form the main MCU).
The X-Men are coming to Disney Plus, but it would be super messy to set it back in the MCU. It will probably be held in . We got to hear more about the future of MCU mutants during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23.
To become her idol
Kamala’s Avengers fandom is a major element of her character with a particular fondness(Brie Larson). The character doesn’t appear to offer any guidance or words of wisdom to Kamale, but the post-credits sequence nods to an early accident in Ms. Marvel’s comics.
Kamala falls on the bed and her mom offers one of those firm reminders to do her science homework. Her bracelet starts to glow before she slams into her closet door (which has a Captain Marvel poster on it).
She gets up to seemingly find herself transformed into Carol, giving us a brief cameo from Larson and looking around at the many, many pieces of Captain Marvel art on her walls. It’s also possible that Carol switched places with Kamala – both scenarios would refer to the comics.
“Oooh, no no no no…” he says before running out of shot.
Our last meeting with Carol has arrivedfrom last year when she was among the heroes trying to figure out the origin of the mysterious rings — Kamala’s bracelet has similar vibrations. How it is with Carol and Kamala, we will find out in The Marvels, which is .
In this film, they will work with Monica Rambeau, a former government agent who obtainedin WandaVision. We last saw her A Skrull in the service of super spy Nick Fury.
In the comics, Kamala subconsciously adopted Carol’s appearance when her polymorphic powers first manifested, as she idolized the iconic hero and saw her as fitting the traditional superhero mold more than a Pakistani-American. As Kamala gained more control over her powers, she realized that she should mirror Carol’s actions rather than her appearance, and stuck to her own appearance to create her superhero identity.
However, the original, pre-Christmas Captain Marvel comics lived in the Negative Zone (parallel universe) andwith a human named Rick Jones when he had to engage in heroics on Earth. Jones made the transition by putting together a pair of nega-bands (fancy alien bracelets). Since Kamala uses the bracelet in the MCU, it’s possible that she and Carol have a similar connection.
The first Ms. Marvel-Captain Marvel team has arrived. They worked together when Jersey City and New York City were thrown into chaos due to another universe colliding with their own – a situation that .
High school bullies
Damage Control conducts a deeply disturbing search of the Masjid Islamic Mosque in Jersey City during its hunt from Kamran, alluding to the treatment of Muslims in the US after 9/11. After that, much of the episode is spent defending him from the agents as he, Kamala, and Bruno hide out at Coles Academic High School. Kamala’s other best friend Nakia Bahadir, rival-turned-friend Zoe Zimmer and brother Aamir (Yasmeen Fletcher, Laurel Marsden and Saagar Shaikh) also show up to help. Having them all is a bit challenging, but whatever.
They distract and confuse the agents in a sequence seemingly inspired by the late John Hughes’ teenage movies of the 1980s, but Kamran’s use of his new powers seems increasingly dangerous – there’s a sense that helping him might be a bad idea.
However, Kamala is determined to keep him safe and uses her energy manipulation skills to create an amazing crystalline armor that protects her and increases her size as she battles government agents. This was inspired by X-Men member Armor’s ability to generate a psionic exoskeleton to cover her body, Iman Vellani confirmed in a Reddit AMA.
“Embigen!” he says before tingling, using his catchphrase from the comics.
Just helping her fight the agents until Kamran escapes and DODC agent Deever (Alysia Reiner) is finally caught for ignoring orders.
Kraslice, protracted questions and observations
- This episode’s title, No Normal, is shared with the first collected issue of Kamala’s solo comic series.
- Kamala’s costume looks amazing in live action. Did her mother make or have her make?
- I also wonder if Kamala needs to recharge – doesn’t seem like it.
- “She looked so… familiar,” G. Willow Wilsonthe writer, who relaunched Kamal’s first solo comic in 2014, is among those supporting the new hero in a montage on social media.
- Having Carol show up and tell Kamala she’s doing a good job would have been an obvious way to work in the cameo, but the scene with her father on the roof pretty much served that purpose.
That’s it for Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, but the next MCU show to hit the streaming service willon August 17. is now in theaters with due November 11.
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