‘Ms. Marvel’ Directors Discuss Major Change To Kamala Khan’s Origin Story

The directors open up on the finale's big reveal!

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Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah, directors of the MCU series Ms. Marvel on Disney Plus, recently spoke about fan reactions to the finale’s major change to the origin of Kamala Khan’s powers.


In the closing moments of the Ms. Marvel season finale, Bruno (Matt Lintz) tells Kamala (Iman Vellani) that he has looked at her genetic makeup again and discovered the true source of her powers – Kamala is a mutant.

This is the first instance of a mutant appearing in the MCU’s main universe, but in the comics Kamala Khan was an Inhuman and the change has fans divided.

Inhumans In The MCU

While many fans are excited to see this new take on Ms. Marvel and the arrival of mutants in the MCU, some would have preferred to see the character’s comic book origins maintained.

Talking to The Direct about Ms. Marvel’s comic book origins, Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah reminded fans that the MCU’s Earth-616 is just one reality amongst many and an Inhuman Kamala may still appear elsewhere in the MCU.

Discussing the possibilities provided by the MCU’s Multiverse, Adil El Arbi said:

“Well, you know, the thing is that, what’s happening nowadays with the Multiverse, everything is possible nowadays. There’s so many different parallel worlds and timelines where…maybe there’s a world where Kamala Khan is an Inhuman, and in there, she has the exact same powerset as in the comics, we just don’t know. That’s the only thing that we can say to the fans, but I mean, the possibilities are now unlimited, I would say.”

Given that the MCU’s last excursion into the Multiverse, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw Doctor Strange encounter a more comic-accurate version of the Inhumans’ king Black Bolt, the idea of seeing an Inhuman Ms. Marvel with her comic counterpart’s powers in the MCU is certainly within the realms of possibility.

The activation of Inhumans’ abilities requires exposure to Terrigen Mist. In the comics, Kamala only experienced this at the culmination of a broader storyline, which saw Black Bolt drop a Terrigen bomb into the Earth’s atmosphere.

As no such storyline has been playing out in the MCU, it wouldn’t have made sense to force an Inhuman backstory onto Kamala. Making her a mutant will help tie her character into the presumably impending introduction of mutants and the X-Men to the MCU.

Here is the synopsis for Ms. Marvel:

Marvel Studios’ “Ms. Marvel” is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City. An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?

The series stars Iman Vellani, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, and Farhan Akhtar. Episodes of the series were directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with Bisha K. Ali serving as the head writer. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is involved in the series as an executive producer.

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Source: The Direct