Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains why Ms. Marvel’s powers were changed in her upcoming show

By Stephen Ippolito | May 9th, 2022

During our first look at the upcoming Ms. Marvel series last November, it was finally confirmed that the MCU’s version of Kamala Khan (played by Iman Vellani) would not have “embiggening” abilities like she does in the comics. Instead, Marvel Studios opted to give her powers that allow her to make energy-based constructs, similar to DC’s Green Lantern.

During a recent interview with Empire, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige addressed the changes for the very first time. According to the studio boss, the changes were done because they aligned better with the current landscape of the MCU.

“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation,” Feige tells the mag. “[Kamala] came about in a very specific time within the comic-book continuity. She is now coming into a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match.”

“What we will learn about where those powers come from, and how they come about, is specific to the MCU,” he continues. “You will see great comic splash panels in some of our action sequences. If you want big, giant hands and arms, well they’re here in spirit, if not in stretchy, plastic-type ways.”

It’s been clear for a while that Kamala’s origin story would also be different. In the comics, she acquires her abilities after being exposed to Terrigen Mist, making her an Inhuman. However, from what we saw in the trailer, the source of her power will likely come from a bracelet speculated to be related to the Kree. If this is the case, then it would give her a closer connection to Captain Marvel and why she’ll also appear in the upcoming The Marvels film.

During the same interview, Feige did say that Kamala’s story would continue to grow in the movie.

“It taps into the future of her story as it connects to her other friends that she will meet in the upcoming film The Marvels. She’s interested in knowing, ‘Great, does that mean I’m an Asgardian? Did I get hit with gamma rays?’ No, it’s seemingly none of those things. It goes to her own past and her heritage and lineage.”

This is clearly why the studio decided to change the title of the film from Captain Marvel 2 to The Marvels. The Phase Four movie, which is now slated to arrive in theaters on July 23, 2023, will not just focus on Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel), but also Vellani’s Kamala and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau.

As for Ms. Marvel, the first episode premieres on Disney+ on June 8. So what do you think about Ms. Marvel’s powers being changed in the MCU?

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