Earlier this week, Kevin Feige confirmed that Disney+’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series is making a few changes to Kamala Khan’s power set. This isn’t too surprising, since the MCU has never been a carbon copy of the stories that inspired it. But at least one of Kamala’s co-creators supports the changes. Ms. Marvel co-creator reacts.
Marvel editor Sana Amanat co-created Kamala Khan with G. Willow Wilson, Steve Wacker, Adrian Alphona, and Jamie McKelvie in 2013. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Amanat shared her own thoughts about the how the series handles the character’s powers. Amanat is also a producer on the show, so she had a say in its creative direction. She also bolstered Feige’s hints that the source of Kamala’s abilities will be explored in other future MCU stories.
“Obviously, so much of the show is an adaptation,” said Amanat. “And we thought it was important to make sure that her powers are linking to larger stories in the Marvel universe. We wanted to make sure there is a little bit more story to tell after this series. Obviously, she goes into The Marvels. The powers do look different, which is very controversial. I know people are like, ‘How dare you change the powers!’ I know people are upset about it, but as someone who’s probably one of the closest people to this character from the inception, and having spoken to Willow about this as well, I think Willow and I have always felt that this made sense. This was the right move because there are bigger stories to tell.”
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It’s definitely going to be strange for some fans to watch Kamala without her traditional “embiggened” look. Regardless, Amanat assured viewers that the series will handle her powers onscreen in a way that stays true to the essence of what made them stand out on the page.
“It’s really fun to give Kamala different kinds of powers that feel big in scope and cinematic in a different way,” continued Amanat. “We can do a lot of fun things with her. I don’t want to spoil too much about how she uses her powers, but they’re fun and bouncy. At the same point, the essence of what the powers are in the comics is there, both from a metaphorical standpoint and from a visual standpoint. We’re doing the embiggened fist. We’re doing the elements that make her feel and look kind of crazy, but also really cool. I think it’s going to be familiar to people, but at the same time, different in a fresh and unique way.”
Ms. Marvel will premiere on Disney+ on June 8.
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