The sixth and final episodehe went down on Wednesday, bringing Kamala Khan’s first adventure (and seventh TV show) all the way, with a surprising 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) accept that her daughter has superpowers.
Underused villain and secret leader Najm (Nimra Bucha) sacrificed herself to close Noor’s veil, cutting off a 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 get-together is interrupted by a drone sent by the Damage Control Department hunting people with powers. Kamran destroys it using his powers, but the Circle Q 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 period after Avengers: Endgame and part.
A mutant discovered
With Tamran on the run to Karachi, Pakistan, and under the care of the Red Daggers, Bruno tells Kamala that he took another look at her genetic makeup. Turns out she’s not like the rest of her family.
“Something is different in your genes,” he says. “Like a mutation.”
We get a small hint of the theme of the 90s X-Men animated series as Kamala processes it, but she dismisses it as “another label” even as real-world fans’ heads explode. Marvel wasof the for a while now, but Kamala appears to be the first confirmed mutant to appear in the main MCU.
This is a twist on her comic book origin, in which her abilities are a result of her status as an Inhuman (a genetic offshoot of humanity that gains power when exposed to the Terrigen Mist). They are quite similar to Marvel’s mutants, who manifest powers when the X-gene in their DNA is activated.
Before Marvel owner Disney reclaimed the film rights to the X-Men when it bought 21st Century Fox (and the X-Men cinematic rights) in 2019, mutants could not be used in the MCU. It seemed like Marvel was trying to elevate the Inhumans as a replacement. unfortunately,was bad — it’s on Disney Plus, don’t waste your time watching it — and that idea faded.
Ever since Fox’s acquisition, X-Men fans have been anticipating the arrival of the mutant superteam 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 this retroactively in the MCU. It is likely to be held at . We were able to hear more about the future of the MCU mutants during Marvel’s comic book panel in San Diego on Saturday, July 23.
Become her idol
Kamala’s Avengers fandom is a major element of her character, with a special fondness for it(Brie Larson). The character doesn’t appear to offer any guidance or words of wisdom to Kamala, but the post-credits sequence hints at an early mishap in Ms. Marvel’s comics.
Kamala collapses on the bed and her mom offers one of those firm mommy reminders to do her science homework. Her bracelet starts to glow before she hits her closet door (which has a poster of Captain Marvel on it).
She gets up and seemingly reveals that she’s turned into Carol, giving us a brief cameo from Larson, and looks around at the many, many pieces of Captain Marvel art on her walls. It’s also possible that Carol switched places with Kamal — both scenarios would apply to the comic.
“Oooh, no, no no no…” she says, before running out of frame.
This was followed by our last meeting with Carolfrom last year when she was among the heroes trying to discover the origin of the mysterious rings — Kamala’s bracelet has similar vibes.. We’ll find out what the deal is with Carol and Kamala in The Marvels, ie. .
The film will see them working with Monica Rambeau, a former government agent who gotWandaVision. Last time we saw her by Skrulls in the service of superspy Nick Fury.
In the comics, Kamala subconsciously took on Carol’s appearance when her polymorphic abilities first manifested because she idolized the legendary hero and saw her as fitting more into the traditional superhero mold than a Pakistani-American. As Kamala gained more control over her abilities, she realized that she should reflect Carol’s actions rather than her appearance, and stuck with her own appearance to create her own superhero identity.
However, the original, pre-Carol comics Captain Marvel lived in the Negative Zone (parallel universe) andwith a man named Rick Jones when he had to engage in heroics on Earth. Jones made a change by attaching a pair of nega-bands (fancy alien bracelets). Given that Kamala uses the bracelet in the MCU, it’s possible that she and Carol have a similar connection.
The first team of Ms. Marvel-Captain Marvel has arrived. They worked together as Jersey City and New York City fell into chaos due to another universe colliding with their own — a situation that .
High school nonsense
Damage Control conducts a deeply disturbing search of the Islamic Masjid mosque in Jersey City in a search from Kamran, alluding to the treatment of Muslims in the US after 9/11. After this, he spends most of the episode defending him from the agents when he, Kamala, and Bruno hide out at Coles Academic High School. Kamala’s BFF 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 appear is a bit of a stretch, but so what.
They distract and confuse the agents in a sequence seemingly inspired by the late John Hughes’ teenage movies of the 80s, but Kamran’s use of his new abilities seems increasingly dangerous – there’s a sense that helping him might be a bad idea.
However, Kamala is determined to protect him and uses her energy manipulation powers to create a fantastic crystal armor that protects her and increases her size as she fights government agents. This was inspired by the powers of X-Men member Armor, who can generate a psionic exoskeleton to cover her body, Iman Vellani confirmed in a Reddit AMA.
“Embiggen!” she says before armoring up, using her catchphrase from the comics.
It’s enough to help her fight the agents until Kamran escapes and DODC agent Deever (Alysia Reiner) is finally arrested for ignoring orders.
Easter eggs, lingering 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 awesome in live action. Did her mom make it or give it to her?
- I’d also like to know if Kamala has to recharge her powers — it doesn’t seem like it.
- “She looked so… familiar,” Mr. Willow Wilsonthe writer who rebooted Kamala’s first solo comic in 2014, is among those expressing support for the new hero in the montage on social media.
- Having Carol show up and tell Kamala she’s doing well would have been an obvious way to work in a cameo, but the scene with her dad on the roof served that purpose a lot.
That’s it for Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, but the next MCU show to hit the streaming service will beAugust 17th. is in theaters now, with until November 11.
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