“Ms Marvel” just wrapped its first season and provided audiences with hints of the MCU’s future. Oh boy, are we excited to break it down! The Disney+ show has been a wild ride. From its colourful beginnings, “Ms Marvel” stood out as a cheeky, lovable extravaganza, with everything from high school to cheesy romantic affection, all while introducing the titular character’s powers. Yet, its heart lies in the concept of family, which it properly delves into.
Nevertheless, we aren’t here to talk about that. Rather, we’re gonna discuss all of the interesting things we think might be in store for Iman Vellani’s 16-year-old hero. Of course, there are going to be spoilers ahead so do tread cautiously like a sloth baby if you haven’t seen the episode yet.
KAMALA KHAN DO IT
After the battle, Kamala sits atop the roof of her house, as her father, Yusuf, joins her. He begins to tell her the story of how she got her name. For many years, Yusuf and Muneeba had wanted a second child. Time and again they tried but when all hope seemed lost, a little girl was born to them.
“Perfect“, Yusuf exclaimed as he recollected the memories of seeing her for the first time, proceeding to state that Kamal translates to such in Arabic. Nevertheless, he goes one step further, providing the Urdu translation which means “wonder” or wait-for-it… “Marvel”.
An excited Kamala perks up her ears at the thought of sharing a name with her idol as Yusuf proudly declares that she has always been his “Ms Marvel”. It’s befitting, considering the fact that Kamala’s parents have been so supportive over this entire affair. They know that she wants to be able to help people as much as she can. It’s a beautiful moment in which her capacity for courage is recognised and she is granted blessings to become the hero she deserves to be.
This is only the beginning for our little friend. Who knows, we might eventually see her team up with some Young Avengers and eventually, the senior team!
KAM-RAN-NING TO SAFETY
Much of “Ms Marvel’s” finale revolves around Kamran as Kamala and her friends as they attempt to stop the Department of Damage Control from capturing him. Nevertheless, due to the events that transpired in the penultimate episode, his mother, Najma gave him abilities. As such, he ends up with a bunch of powers that he couldn’t control.
Kamala asks for some favours from Kareem, the Red Dagger we last saw in Karachi. He strikes her a deal, telling her to get Kamran to the Jersey harbour where he will be led to safety. After he learns that Najma is dead, Kamran ends up losing control of his powers, endangering everyone in the area from the Damage Control agents to the citizens who had gathered outside the area.
Kamala knows that she needs to get him to safety. So, she punches a hole into the ground, leading to the harbour. Kamran manages to leave and the DODC are left frustrated.
By the show’s end, we see Kamran meet Kareem in Chinatown and that’s the last we see of him. We’re certain that if “Ms Marvel” returned for Season 2, Kareem and Kamran would return to feature. It is quite possible that Kamran might also join the Red Daggers themselves and receive some training while he’s at it.
BIG, BIGGER, EMBIGGENEST
A big moment did occur during the final bout. At the point where the DODC seemed to be getting the upper hand, Kamala utters one word: “Embiggen“. This causes Ms Marvel to form a sort of energy armour around herself and extend her limbs to make herself larger. As she does this, her powers are amplified and she becomes stronger.
“Embiggen” is indeed Kamala’s catchphrase from the comics and is used anytime she wants to grow in size to match up with her powerful foes. Of course, in the comics, it looks a little more Reed-Richards-y, but over here, some liberties have been taken as the power drawn from the Noor helps Ms Marvel grow in stature. It’s a neat way to deviate from the smartest man alive whilst also paying tribute to the original comic-book look.
THE X-TRAORDINARY REVELATION!
OK. THIS WAS THE ONE WE WERE ABSOLUTELY FREAKING OUT ABOUT!
During the closing moments of the show, Bruno, Nakia, and Kamala bid farewell to the former due to him leaving the state. While they were jesting around the idea of being the custodian of Kamran’s ride, Bruno set things aside for a brief moment to talk to Kamala.
As he whips out his nerdy brain, Bruno tells Kamala and the audience what we already know. Yes, Kamala had been able to access the Noor due to her bangle. The glitzy powers that she had were all through that.
But here comes the zinger of a reveal! Bruno states that he got it all wrong from the start. Wait, does that mean she’s not a Djinn? Are they going the route of the comics and making her an Inhuman? Oh no, it’s something totally different.
Good ol’ Bruno speaks of Kamala’s genetic makeup, stating that hers deviates from the rest of her family. He thinks of a word to use, pauses and says it out loud for us to cheer to.
“Mutation“, says the boy, as the synthetic tones of the animated “X-Men” theme song play out. Oh… yes. Oh Yes. Yes. YES!
Ever since Disney bought 20th Century Fox, there has been a massive desire to see mutants interact alongside heroes like the Avengers. While “Dr Strange In The Multiverse of Madness” did satiate some tastebuds, all of that still happened in an alternate timeline. The children of the atom have not appeared in any sense in the main timeline.
That is all about to change as “Ms Marvel” has officially confirmed that she is in fact, a mutant. Granted, this is a major departure from the comics but one that we’re extremely hyped about given the potential of it all. We’ll bet that Marvel will soon introduce more and more familiar mutant figures in the Disney+ series moving forward and soon we’ll have the formation of the X-Men. Friends, the age of mutants has just kicked right off and we couldn’t be happier!
ONE MARVELOUS CAMEO
Alright, we already knew this was coming but that does not make it any less splendid!
Kamala Khan is one of the biggest fangirls of the Avengers on the planet as testified by the sheer posters plastering her room. She has everyone from Iron Man, The Falcon, and Black Widow adorning the corners above her sleeping zone. But there is one Avenger that she absolutely adores: Carol Danvers.
So, as if the universe aligned, the show provides one last hurrah moment with Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers landing in New Jersey! Yet, there’s a catch.
Moments before, Kamala’s bangle starts humming and glowing. The curious youngster stands up before she is whipped up into her closet. And out of the shadows, the blonde superhero emerges, her gloves pulsating with the same sort of purple energy. Initially perplexed as to her whereabouts, Carol realises that not only is she back on Earth, but she’s also in the room of her biggest fan!
It perfectly sets up a cliffhanger ending that will lead right into Nia DaCosta’s “The Marvels”. As of now, we don’t know how Kamala is faring, or in fact, where she is. She probably switched locations with wherever, Carol, prior to this scene, was. She could be anywhere from watching the Watcher, visiting the Kree homeworld of Hala, or just floating around space.
As for the mystery of the bangle, the tease of the Kree limb in episode 3 should continue its threads in “The Marvels”. We think it has something to do with the Kree weapons in the comics, known as the Nega-Bands. Perhaps Kamala might obtain a second band here and become even more powerful than possibly imagined.
As for Carol, we guess she’ll probably be looking for some help. Maybe a certain Fury-ous man might introduce her to the other Marvel in the form of Monica Rambeau. Sure, it’s cool to speculate for now, but surely, we’ll have to wait until “The Marvels” arrives next summer in theatres for any definite answers!