‘Ms. Marvel’ Co-Creator Comments on the MCU’s Change to Kamala’s Powers
What has been one of the most controversial decisions in recent Marvel Studio’s Adaptations, Ms. Marvel’s co-creator comments on the MCU’s changing Kamala Khan’s powers.
There is no shortage of excitement surrounding the long-awaited live-action arrival of one of the most beloved Marvel characters in the comics’ recent history; Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel.
Few characters have endeared themselves to comic book fans on the level of Kamala, whose intense fandom of all things Marvel has given readers a character they can relate to.
That love and obsession with superheroes and the commonality- and specificity- of her youthful struggles have made her a uniquely relatable hero; as the Muslim American young girl from Jersey City navigates the horrors of young adulthood, with some superpowers to make it that much trickier.
With the characters highly anticipated Disney+ series arriving this summer, fans have been ecstatic to see how the MCU brings the iconic character to life. Still, one massive alteration has already given some fans a moment of worry.
In new promotional material, the character’s powers were obviously altered- changed from the plastic pliability of her comic counterpart, now replaced by diamond-like cosmic manifestations- something that was commented on by the architect of the MCU, Kevin Feige.
With many fans meeting the changes with a mixed reception, Ms. Marvel’s co-creator, Sana Amanat, comments on the MCU’s changing of Kamala’s powers, and why it was ultimately the right move.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Amanat began by stating, “The powers do look different, which is very controversial. I know people are like, ‘How dare you change the powers!'”
She continued, “I know people are upset about it, but as someone who probably one of the closest people to his 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.” Amanat continued, “It’s really fun to give Kamala different kinds of powers that feel big in scope and cinematic in a different way. We can do a lot of fun things with her.”
She concluded, “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 visual standpoint, we’re doing the embiggened fist.”
With Ms. Marvle meaning so much to people, it makes sense for change to confuse some fans, but it does make sense for the MCU to adapt the character in a way that feels brand new to this new phase of the lore of Kamala Khan.