With decades and decades of comics to draw inspiration from, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has plenty of storylines to bring to the screen. But when Kevin Feige turns to classic comics for MCU stories, he – and his fellow creators – tend not to do literal adaptations. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, which found a problem different enough for Cap and Iron Man to face off against, or the Spider-Man Trilogy which gave us a whole different look at Peter Parker’s early years. Now bringing Kamala Khan to the screen in the Disney+ series Ms. Marvelplayed by Iman Vellani, it looks like Feige and head writer Bisha K. Ali are taking an equally fluid approach to adapting the 2014 comics by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.
Most notably, as fans may have noticed in the trailers, Khan’s power seems to be a bit different here – rather than stretching and transforming his body (“Embiggen!”), Kamala seems to have purple cosmic powers in the series. And while on the page she was an Inhuman, her powers activated by the Terrigen Mist, there’s a different plan going on here. “We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation,” said Kevin Feige Empire. “[Kamala] came at a very specific point in comic book continuity. She now enters a very specific period within the continuity of the MCU. And those two things didn’t match. The new origins of Khan’s powers should be part of the series’ journey. “What we’ll learn about where these powers come from and where they come from is specific to the MCU,” Feige teases. “You’ll see some 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 stretchy and plastic-like.
And this exploration of Kamala’s powers should also continue in her next adventures. Next summer, she will be dating Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers (Kamala’s personal hero) and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau in Wondersby Nia DaCosta Captain Marvel after. “It taps into the future of her story as it connects to her other friends she will meet in the next film. Wondersconfirms Feige. “She’s interested in knowing, ‘Great, does that mean I’m an Asgardian? Have I been hit by gamma rays? No, it’s apparently none of that. That comes down to her own past, his heritage and his lineage.
Lily Empireis full Ms. Marvel will feature in the next Summer Preview issue – on sale Thursday, May 12 and available to pre-order online here. Ms. Marvel begins streaming on Disney+ from June 8.