Although Kamala Khan’s powers have been significantly reworked for the MCU, Disney Plus’ latest episode Ms. Marvel The series could set up a reveal that ties its hero and abilities to the original Captain Marvel comics of Marvel.
At first, Kamala doesn’t think that much about the vintage bracelet she receives in a gift package from her grandmother Sana (Samina Ahmad) in Ms. Marvelfirst episode. But when she puts it on, she immediately realizes that there is much more to this heritage than meets the eye. In addition to transporting Kamala (at least mentally) to another neon-drenched plane, the bracelet unleashes her power to generate glowing constructs made of unidentified energy that comes from her.
In the short time since Kamala got her hands on the bracelet, her main focus has been on what she can do with it and why her seemingly average grandmother would send her such a strange item – and possibly otherworldly – that no one in their family has ever mentioned before. Because Kamala is busy with the marriage of her brother Aamir (Saagar Shaikh) to Ms. MarvelThe third and final episode of “Destined”, she can’t exactly find answers to everything of his questions. But “Destined” lays out some interesting details about the Khan family history that sound a lot like Ms. Marvelway to tie Kamala’s fate to the legacy of the comic book heroes whose mantle she wears.
Before “Destined” focuses on Kamala’s life, it first opens with a pivotal moment in 1942 when her great-grandmother Aisha (Mehwish Hayat) and a group of other explorers finally located the bracelet in a temple somewhere in British occupied territory. India. It is not revealed how the bracelet got there, but what Aisha, her companion Najma (Nimra Bucha) and everyone else present could clearly see was that the corpse it was attached to was of a conspicuous shade of blue, very similar to some of the Kree aliens seen in Captain Marvel. With the temple under siege, Aisha and others knew they had no time to carefully check whether both bracelets were hidden there, and as the building crumbled, the explorers were all separated and unsure of what happened to the golden treasure.
Whereas Ms. Marvel shows you all of this in a flashback, Kamala hears it from Najma directly in the present day – just moments after the pair managed to evade capture by the Department of Damage Control. Until now, Kamala had no reason to suspect that Najma was anything other than the mother of her crush Kamran (Rish Shah), but because of all the weird things happening to her personally, it doesn’t exactly shock Kamala d learning that Najma isn’t exactly human. Rather, Kamran, Najma and all of Aisha’s other traveling friends identify themselves as Clandestines – a subset of long-lived, jinn-like beings cast from their home in another dimension.
In the Marvel comics, the Clandestines are a family of humans whose various magical powers all stem from one of their English ancestors receiving a wish for immortality from a green-skinned djinn, that he eventually married. In Ms. MarvelNajma speaks of the Illegals as family and implies that while Aisha may not have been one of them, they saw her as an ally committed to helping them get home using the power of the bracelets.
Again, most of “Destined” focuses on Aamir’s marriage, and Kamala struggles to keep her life as an up-and-coming vigilante hidden from her biological family. But the emphasis this episode puts on Kamala’s bracelet and the idea of people using them to open portals to other dimensions makes it seem like Ms. Marvelfeatures the MCU’s version of the Quantum Bands or Nega-Bands, powerful items that are an important part of Kree history in the Marvel Comics Universe.
Before Kamala Khan became the new Ms. Marvel, the title originally belonged to Carol Danvers until she abandoned him to become the last Captain Marvel, a codename first adopted by Kree soldier Mar-Vell after hearing humans mispronounce his name. Although Mar-Vell’s Kree heritage gives him a variety of advantages over humans by default, he doesn’t fall under the Captain Marvel powers he’s best known for until writer Archie Goodwin and artist Don Heck Captain Marvel #16 from 1969. After Mar-Vell proves himself to be a truly fearsome warrior and nearly sacrifices his life, the supreme intelligence of the Kree rewards him by enhancing his powers and giving him a new red and black costume accented by a pair of golden bracelets, known as Nega-Bands.
In addition to allowing Mar-Vell to manipulate different forms of energy, the Nega-Bands also created a problem for the hero, as their connection to the Negative Zone (of Fantastic Four fame) led Mar-Vell to him. -even to be transported. and trapped there. It wasn’t until Rick Jones, a longtime human friend of the Avengers, stumbled upon and donned another set of Nega-Bands that Mar-Vell was temporarily freed from the Negative Zone. For a time, Mar-Vell and Jones settled into a weird double life where they periodically used their Nega-Bands to switch places on Earth and in the Negative Zone for a few hours at a time, allowing them all both of them function as superheroes.
Despite a gender-swapped version of Mar-Vell having existed in the MCU and appearing in Captain Marvel, neither she nor the Nega-Bands are specifically called out in “Destined”. But the way the bracelet appears to transport those who touch it to another place – a place that isn’t on Earth – is very much like a nod to the Nega-Bands’ teleportation abilities and the psychic connection that they forged between Mar-Vell and Jones. Interestingly, the Nega-Bands aren’t the only significant Captain Marvel-related trinket in the comics that Ms. Marvel could be reworking for his first live appearance.
In Captain Marvel #29 by Jim Starlin, Mar-Vell’s heroism and already substantial power levels are part of what drives Eon – an anthropomorphized embodiment of time – to choose him as the latest in a long line of appointed protectors of the world. ‘universe. Being a Protector of the Universe has since become synonymous with being in possession of the Quantum Bands of Eon, the pair of energy-channeling bracelets upon which the more modern Nega-Bands of Kree are based. But because comic book lore tends to change and be written out of order by different creative teams, Quantum Comics have become much more closely associated with the multiple cosmic heroes who have passed through Quasar over the years, such as the ex-SHIELD agent Wendell Vaughn.
Just as it seemed Ms. Marvel had to find a whole new way for his hero to defend himself in battle, in Mark Gruenwald, Paul Ryan and Paul Benton Quasar #1, an untrained Vaughn uses the Quantum Bands more or less to create fist-like constructs much the same as Kamala. Ms. Marvelclarified that regardless of Kamala’s powers, she generates all of this energy on her own, which means her bracelet is not a direct analogue of the Nega-Bands or Quantum Bands. But given the solidity of a work Ms. Marvelhas done so far to cleverly work on bits and pieces of all the different stories that laid the groundwork for Kamala to become a hero, it wouldn’t be surprising if his bracelet played a key role in everything that’s to come in the MCU .