MS. MARVEL: Kevin Feige Explains Why Kamala Khan's Powers Were Changed; New Still Released

During a new interview, Marvel Studios head chief Kevin Feige reveals why the decision was made to alter Kamala Khan's abilities for the upcoming Ms. Marvel Disney+ series. We also have a new still...

The first teaser for Ms. Marvel made it pretty clear that the title character's power-set would be significantly altered for her live-action debut, with Kamala Khan's (Iman Vellani) "embiggening" abilities from the comic books getting a Green Lantern-like overhaul.

There was speculation that her body-morphing powers may have been changed because they were a little too similar to Reed Richards', and while there may be some truth to that, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige offered a different explanation during an interview with Empire.

“We adapt the comics; it’s not an exact translation,” Feige tells the mag. “[Kamala] 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 continues. “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's also been theorised that Kamala's abilities may have been tweaked to suit her new origin (no Terrigen Mist), and Feige confirmed as much while hinting that the source of her powers will continue to be addressed in The Marvels.

“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.”

Check out a new still from Ms. Marvel below.

"Ms. Marvel is a new, original series that introduces Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager growing up in Jersey City," reads the updated synopsis. "An avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, Kamala is a Super Hero mega fan with an oversized imagination—particularly when it comes to Captain Marvel. Yet Kamala feels like she doesn’t fit in at school and sometimes even at home—that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Life gets better with super powers, right?"

Ms. Marvel also stars Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha.

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