With decades and decades of comics to draw inspiration from, the MCU has nearly a century of storylines to bring to the big screen for the fans to adore.
But when Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel studios, looks to classic comic runs for MCU stories, he – and his fellow creators – tend not to make literal adaptations. For instance, Captain America: Civil War, which found a pretty different issue for Captain America and Iron Man to clash over, or the Spider-Man trilogy, which gave us a whole different perspective on Peter Parker’s early years.
Now, bringing Kamala Khan, AKA, Ms. Marvel to the screen in the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, played by Iman Vellani, it seems that Feige and writer Bisha K. Ali are taking a similarly fluid approach to adapting the 2014 comics by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.
Most notably, as fans may have spotted whilst watching the release trailers, Khan’s powers look to be a little different, rather than having the ability to stretch and morph her body to any shape or form.
Kamala seems to have purple cosmic powers in the show. And while on-page she was an Inhuman, her powers activated by the Terrigen Mist, there’s a different plan afoot here.
“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation,” Kevin Feige tells Empire.
“Kamala came about in a particular 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.”
The new origins for Khan’s powers look set to be part of the journey of the show. “What we will learn about where those powers come from and how they come about is specific to the MCU,” Feige says.
“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.”
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