Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan, Powers Discussed
If you’re a Marvel fan, you probably know of Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan. Sana Amanat, longtime comics editor, has been with Kamala Khan since the beginning. She helped create Ms. Marvel back in 2014 in collaboration with writer G. Willow Wilson, editor Steve Wacker, and artist Adrian Alphona. Ever since the teenage Kamala burst onto the Marvel scene with her enlarged fists and wide-eyed enthusiasm, she’s become one of the most beloved new superheroes of the last decade—a quirky Jersey City native who’s incredibly powerful—and incredibly human.
Now, Sana is the Executive Producer on the upcoming Ms. Marvel TV series from Marvel Television, which will debut in 2020 on Disney+. We talked to her about how this version of Kamala Khan differs from what we’ve seen on screen before—and learned that we shouldn’t expect to see any superpowers in this show at all. Set photos were released recently showed the Ms Marvel costume prior to the trailer.
There is a Reason For The Kamala Khan Powers Change
Are you a fan of Kamala Khan? Fans of the character have been understandably nervous about the upcoming Disney+ series for the character. It seemed more and more obvious that her powers would be changed drastically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While she has elastic powers similar to Mr. Fantastic in the comics, she appears to have light construct powers akin to Green Lantern in the Ms. Marvel series.
Marvel Studios has been quiet about this adaptation change to the character, leaving many fans to wonder what possible reason they could have to change something so significant. It’d also be the first time the studio has made such a radical change to the base power of one of their starring superheroes.
Fortunately, we’ve got some good news for you: it’s not as bad as it sounds. The showrunners behind Ms. Marvel have confirmed that this isn’t just an alteration for alteration’s sake—there are reasons why Kamala’s powers are different from those in previous iterations of her character. “I think her powers are going to be different,” showrunner Nisha Ganatra told EW earlier this month when asked about how they were changing up Kamala’s powerset from what we’ve seen before (which includes being able to grow in size). “But I don’t know how much
What Did Amanat and Feige Have To Say About The Ms Marvel Powers Change?
Amanat wanted to share Ms Marvel’s story to a bigger audience and is happy to be able to give a helping hand
“The great part of it for me is the collaboration,” Amanat tells EW of working on the show. “I love that so many people now are in Kamala’s life. They’re helping her grow, whether it’s our directors, our writers, our VFX team, our costume designer, our set decorator. Everybody has now influenced Kamala. What’s really wonderful is that she’s truly going into the next stage of growth because of all these amazing people who are bringing their own perspectives.”
When Marvel Head, Kevin Feige, when talking about the change in Ms Marvel’s powers, had this to say,
“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation. 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 continued, saying,
“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 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.”
What do you think of Ms Marvel so far? Did the trailer excite you?