Ms. Marvel has just completed its remarkable run on Disney+. This gave Kamala Khan her MCU debut in record time, a year after she made her comics debut. While there were many issues and complaints from various fan groups, the series was able to address the most controversial topic: her new superpowers.
Instead of Kamala getting her comic-accurate embiggening abilities, which flowed through her body directly, the Ms. Marvel show used her bangle instead to unlock her powers. She was able to project light into all sizes and shapes, but she also acquired some classic comic abilities by Episode 6.
Despite the controversy around this alteration, the new superpowers were a hit with fans. Kamala began her journey as an Avengers fangirl and became a superhero. It was revealed, however, that the powers were almost identical to those used in Kamala’s MCU debut, thanks to new concept art.
Ms. Marvel’s Superpowers in Concept Art
We have a glimpse into how Kamala Khan developed her powers in Ms. Marvel.
Marvel Studios Visual Developer Jackson Sze shared a view of Kamala with powers that are a completely different colour and feel to what she was using in the show. The light in her powers is yellow instead of blue, and the visuals reference Kamala being a gamer as she shows her “youth and passion:”
“A keyframe that was created early to show Ms. Marvel’s light powers and the way she uses them in her city explorations. Her passion and youth are reflected in her abilities as a gamer. “
In Ms. Marvel , Kamala instead used tiny light platforms to navigate the city, rather than the ramps and loops shown in the concept artwork.
Kamala didn’t project a route ahead of herself, instead her powers were contained and she was able to move quickly through Jersey City.
Concept Artist Jeff Simpson shared another photo of Kamala using the powers she has, and it appears to date from Episode 5. It looks very similar to the scene in which the dimensional divide broke in Pakistan. This image also appears to show Kamala’s grandmother:
” One of my keyframes for Mrs. Marvel Jackson Sze is the lead in Ms. Marvel “
Concept Artist Karla Ortiz contributed her art, giving us early glimpses at the two Captain Marvel costumes Kamala wore to AvengerCon.
One of the men looked very similar to Brie Larson in her classic costume, which had blue shoulders and red torsos. She also had a blue belt around her waist. As Kamala takes her pictures, cosplayers recreate Captain America’s and Thor looks in the background.
Ortiz added the same image along with another Captain Marvel costume. This one is more like the one Carol Danvers wore to Avengers: Endgame. This look has the blue and red inverted, with the red sash and legs being more clearly used than the meshed colors.
Ortiz pointed out that these photos were created long before Iman Vallani joined them. She also remembered how much she enjoyed bringing Comic-Con vibes to the scene:
“I’m excited to show you some of my art for Ms. Marvel over the next few days! Let’s start with Kamala’s Captain Marvel cosplay idea art. These designs were created long before Iman Vellani’s casting. It was great fun to get that “get your picture taken at a convention” feel. :)”
The Many Takes on Ms. Marvel’s MCU Powers
Ms. Marvel’s new powers have been hot topics over the past few months due to the dramatic changes Marvel made to make them available to viewers on a small screen. These adjustments turned out to be even more severe, but they were all necessary for showcasing Kamala Khan’s character within the MCU.
Highlighting her time as a gamer would have fit in fairly seamlessly with her fan-fiction storytelling abilities, particularly considering how she’s a 16-year-old who’s a diehard superhero fan in the MCU. The show managed to do the best with Kamala discovering her powers and taking each step literally as well metaphorically.
The costume in the concept artwork appears more closely to Captain Marvel’s than to one made from homemade cosplay. Although Kamala was able to create her outfit by herself, Bruno and Bruno were more successful in creating it. However, the look reminded me of something that two teenage girls could do at home prior to Kamala receiving her superhero clothes.
All six episodes of Ms. Marvel can be viewed on Disney+.