Marvel president Kevin Feige explains Kamala’s powers change in Ms Marvel and beyond. Have you been in a coma for the last year? Then you’ll likely know Ms Marvel is the next MCU show to hit Disney+. If you’ve seen the trailers and any of the coverage? Then, you also know Kamala’s powers have been changed from the comic book origin. In the comics Kamala’s main power is ’embiggening’. In other words, being able to change the size of her body at will. However, Kamala’s powers in the MCU seem to be energy based. Those new powers have been likened by many fans to a Marvel version of Green Lantern.
Speaking with Empire, Kevin Feige explains Kamala’s powers change.
“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation,” Kevin Feige tells Empire. “[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.” The new origins for Khan’s powers looks set to be part of the journey of the show. “What we will learn about where those powers come from, and how they come about, is specific to the MCU,” Feige teases. “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.”
Feige also teased at some explanations perhaps coming within The Marvels. Kamala will feature in The Marvels alongside Monica Rambeau and Captain Marvel.
“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,” confirms Feige. “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.”
Personally I wasn’t ever enough of a fan of Ms Marvel to lament this change. What I do however see, is a lot fans bemoaning how Kamala’s powers being what they were was a big influence on her character traits. I guess we shall have to wait and see how those fans react to the powers shown on screen?
Ms Marvel‘s premiere is June 8th on Disney+. What do you think of Kamala’s powers being changed? Leave a comment in the usual spot below, or over on Discord.