Warning: this story contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel Episode 6. Say evening to the superhero formerly known as “Night Light”: Ms. Marvel is here. Last Wednesday Ms. Marvel season finale, titled “No Normal”, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) exerts the full power of Noor Dimension, which she utilizes with the magic bracelet inherited from great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat). To stop Kamran (Rish Shah) from running amok against the Department of Damage Control, Kamala draws on his ability to “embig” and manifests harsh light constructions to magnify himself. As revealed by Bruno (Matt Lintz), Kamala’s powers are best explained in one word: “Mutation.”
In the comics, Kamala and Kamran are what are known as “NuHumans”: Inhuman descendants, whose latent abilities are activated by exposure to the DNA-altering Terrigen Mist, which gives Inhumans their powers in a process called Terrigenesis. Like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, Kamala is a polymorph whose shape-shifting powers allow her to enlarge – or “embig” – her body.
In an interview with Weekly entertainmentdirectors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah said Marvel Studios president and Ms. Marvel Producer Kevin Feige pushed for Kamala’s mutant powers to manifest as “hard light” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“First of all, Kevin did not want to do a literal translation of what was in the cartoon. It’s an adaptation,” Fallah said. “We started with this [idea] of ‘hard light’, and from there we began to create what that power would be – while still making a tribute to what is in the comics. In the comics, she can not control her power in the beginning. It makes her body bigger and smaller, which is a good metaphor for being a teenager. “
Fallah continued: “But towards the end of the comic she really controls it. So we created the same thing. In the beginning she can not control it, and step by step, the more she begins to know her story, she becomes Ms. Marvel “In the last episode, she has the big fist with hard light that can smash things, and then she’s finally herself.”
El Arbi added, “‘Embig’ is one of the most important words in the comic, so we knew right away that in the finale we needed our version of ‘Embig’.”
Visually, Kamala’s abilities are on the same wavelength as Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers (Brie Larson) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), the cosmic superheroes who will team up with Kamala when she returns in The Marvels.
“Supervising producer Jenna Berger understood that the show needed to have a balance between what made the comic so special and unique, while at the same time developing it and making it a true adaptation,” said Sana Amanat, co-creator of Kamala Khan and Ms. Marvel‘s executive producer, has previously told EW. “It was Kevin [Feige’s] first challenge to me. He said, ‘Can you customize this? You’re so close to the cartoon, do you think you can adapt this? ‘”
Still, the truth about Kamala’s genetic makeup goes before Feige: the character was portrayed as a mutant, but was created at a time when Marvel Comics was toning down its mutant and X-Men characters in favor of Inhumans.
Featuring Iman Vellani, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha, all six episodes of Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel now streamed on Disney +. Kamala Khan returns to Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, opening in cinemas on July 28, 2023.