Ms Marvel's MCU Powers Change Can Avoid Marvel's Biggest Flop – Screen Rant

When Ms. Marvel debuts in the MCU, Kamala Khan will apparently have different powers which are necessary to break her comic book ties to Inhumans.
Disney+’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series appears to change the powers of its eponymous superhero, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), and this could also be a move away from Marvel’s biggest flop, Inhumans. Scheduled to be released in 2022, Ms. Marvel will introduce Kamala Khan as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest young superhero. Kamala, a Pakistani-American Muslim teen, will protect Jersey City en route to Ms. Marvel joining her hero, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), in 2023’s The Marvels.
Released in 2017, Inhumans is infamous as a gigantic misfire for Marvel Television. Based upon the characters created in Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhumans were part of a Marvel Comics initiative during the 2010s to scale back the X-Men because the mutants’ film rights were then held by Fox. Marvel Comics emphasized the Inhumans in publishing and this lead to Marvel Studios initially announcing an Inhumans film as part of Phase 3 before quickly removing it from the film slate. Instead, Inhumans was turned into a disastrous Marvel TV miniseries starring Anson Mount as the Inhumans’ king, Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, and Iwan Rheon as the villainous Maximus. A subpar production compared to Marvel Studios’ hit movies, Inhumans proved to be an epic failure for Marvel Television and it’s unlikely considered canon by the mainline MCU.
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However, Ms. Marvel’s powers and comic book origin are intrinsically tied to the Inhumans and this is something that has likely been changed for the MCU. In the comics, Kamala Khan is also an Inhuman who gained her abilities when she inhaled the Inhumans’ Terrigen Mists. The comic book Ms. Marvel is a polymorph, i.e. a shapeshifter who can “embiggen” her body parts to give her enhanced strength, speed, and invulnerability. But the MCU’s Ms. Marvel’s powers seem to have been changed and promotional art shows her creating an “embiggened” fist of crystalline-like energy. This switch also must mean Kamala’s MCU origin will also be changed so that she is no longer an Inhuman since the Inhumans don’t canonically exist in the MCU movies and Disney+ series. How Ms. Marvel becomes superhuman isn’t clear but it’s possible she could have been exposed to an Infinity Stone like Carol Danvers and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) were.
Another reason why Ms. Marvel’s powers could be different in the MCU is that her polymorphic abilities may seem too similar to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. The superhero quartet’s long-awaited debut in the MCU is in development and Mr. Fantastic is recognized as the foremost hero with stretching powers in the Marvel Universe. Reed Richards’ stretching is also a problematic ability to get right on-screen (as evidenced in every prior Fantastic Four movie) and the Ms. Marvel TV series may have wisely avoided trying to make it work for Kamala Khan. Opting instead to alter Kamala’s powerset in the MCU would mean sidestepping hassles with Fantastic Four and Inhumans.
Considering Inhumans is a failure that Marvel Studios’ films and Disney+’s TV series will likely never formally acknowledge as part of the MCU, changing Ms. Marvel’s powers and origins would make sense. Kamala Khan is poised to become one of the most prominent new heroes of MCU Phase 4 and beyond and there is no upside to adapting her comic book ties to the Inhumans. While MCU fans are clamoring for Netflix’s series like Daredevil and ABC’s Agents of SHIELD to be formally recognized as part of the mainline MCU, there’s no such desire for Inhumans. There’s far too much at stake with Ms. Marvel to saddle Kamala Khan with a link to Inhumans, and it’s a smarter move to alter Ms. Marvel to better suit the MCU, which is likely to result in a new origin and powerset for Kamala Khan.
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John Orquiola is a Features staff writer who has been with Screen Rant for four years. He began as a director’s assistant on various independent films. As a lover of film and film theory, John wrote humorous movie reviews on his blog, Back of the Head, which got him noticed by Screen Rant. John happily became the Star Trek guy at Screen Rant and he leads Feature coverage of the various Star Trek series, but he also writes about a wide range of subjects from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Cobra Kai. His other great nerdy love is British TV series like The Crown, Downton Abbey, and Killing Eve. John can be found on Twitter @BackoftheHead if you want to see photos of the food he eats.


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