Ms. Marvel’s Finale Explained: The Mutation, Brie Larson’s Cameo, and Kamala’s Enlargement Powers

All it took was one word to change the future of all Marvel movies and streaming shows. It’s coming, guys, it’s coming. Spoiler warning.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MS MARVEL FINALE, “NO NORMAL”

Has a word ever meant more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the one spoken at the end of the Mrs. Wonder final last night?

In a scene between Kamala and Bruno, her smart friend reveals that there’s something about her genetic makeup that sets her apart from her family – which is why she was the one who was able to unlock the bracelet’s power, or maybe- be that the bracelet unlocked it. innate powers.

“When I compared you to the rest of your family, something still seemed off. There’s something different in your genes,” Bruno said gravely. “Like a…mutation.”

What followed was what some people call a “pregnant break”, really letting the implication sink in. And just to drive home the point, a snippet of the theme song from the 1990s X-Men animated series can be heard in the background.

To find? To find? Kamala is a mutant. As in, an X-Men mutant.

As fans know, the word “mutation” is a big deal because it signals that X-Men will officially be brought into the MCU for the first time.

Iman Vellani, lead Ms. Marvel and self-proclaimed Marvel fangirl, said in an interview with Marvel’s official website, “They sent me, and only me, the draft and I freaked out immediately. I sent an email [Marvel boss] Kevin Feige in all caps.

“I was like, ‘Are you doing this for real? Are you sure? I’m so honored!’ I was like yelling at him over email. I was freaked out. This is the biggest deal in the world, and the fact that it’s happening on our show is crazy.

“People are going to lose their minds. They will lose everything. I did it. It is really a very big problem.

The move has been on the cards — but unconfirmed — since Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019. Previously, the on-screen rights to the X-Men characters belonged to Fox, so they couldn’t be used in MCU movies. or TV shows.

The MCU has teased the inclusion of X-Men a few times since the 2019 studio deal, once in Wanda Vision and the other in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

In Wanda Vision, fans lost their minds when Evan Peters, who had played the character Quicksilver in the Fox X-Men movies, appeared on the MCU streaming series as seemingly the same character. But it was brazenly misdirected and it turned out to be a recast of no one in a role that wasn’t what it seemed.

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessPatrick Stewart reprized his role as Professor X, but this whole sequence takes place in a different universe than the MCU (Earth-616), so there’s a strong argument that it’s not canon.

That same Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness The scene featured another character, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), who belongs to another race of super-powered beings called the Inhumans. In the comics, Kamala Khan is actually an Inhuman, but it looks like the MCU is taking the character in a different direction.

Elsewhere in the finale, Kamala’s comic book full powers have been realized – we finally see her “embiggen” which, in the comic book, is her widening and stretching. In the series, he manifests as an extension of the organic matter she creates with her powers.

But it was the mid-credits sting that really got fans pumped, with a special appearance from Brie Larson as Captain Marvel – or is it?

A Larson cameo was pretty much a foregone conclusion given Kamala’s cult following for the MCU’s most powerful superhero and Ms. Marvel’s billing in the upcoming Wonders film, which will star Larson, Vellani, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

In the mid-credits scene, Kamala is on her bed when her bracelet begins to glow and she is thrown by an unseen force into her wardrobe. When she reappears, it’s not her but Captain Marvel looking confused at her surroundings, especially the many posters and merchandise bearing her likeness.

What’s unclear is whether Captain Marvel and Kamala swapped bodies and whether the teenager is now off-world in the face of aliens or has shapeshifted into Carol Danvers.

We will know when Wonders releases July 28, 2023. One year and two weeks to go.

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