As seen in Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Fans of Ms. Marvel are thrilled to see her series, although a large criticism of the project is the alteration of her powers. However, clues being laid throughout the series could be hinting at her character being closer to her comic book counterpart than expected, with the theory she could in fact still be an Inhuman.
Is Ms. Marvel an Inhuman?
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Ms. Marvel In The Comics
In the comics, Ms. Marvel is a member of the Inhuman race with the ability to “embiggen” parts of her body at will. Her Inhuman heritage was a large part of the character in the source material. Fans of the Ms. Marvel comics were divided on the decision to alter her powers for her Marvel Cinematic Universe series.
Ms. Marvel’s MCU Abilities
In Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan has the ability to create hard-light constructs that often mimic the style of her powers in the comics. Many have compared her abilities to DC Comics’ Green Lantern. While there are a few similarities, more and more differences between the characters have luckily been established. One of which being that the Bangle she wears is not the source of her powers, but simply activated her latent abilities.
In the second episode of Ms. Marvel, it was revealed that Kamala’s powers come from within her, not the Bangle. She would also have visions throughout the episode of a mysterious race of cosmic beings, as well as seeing her great grandmother, Aisha, the prior owner of the Bangle. There are a lot of ways the series could explain these connections, one of which being that Kamala Khan might be part Kree. While this would better tie her into the mythos of Captain Marvel, we believe her lineage could go back to The Inhumans.
The Inhumans in the MCU
While Ms. Marvel does not have her embiggening abilities in the MCU, it does not necessarily mean she isn’t an Inhuman. Her family appears to have a history with fantastical dreamers according to Kamala’s mother. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to have established Inhumans, at least on Earth-616. We could see Marvel Studios opt to take a different route with The Inhumans and their history, explaining the different visuals than what we are used to.
One thing has been made clear, Ms. Marvel is no ordinary human. While Marvel Studios has been precluded from using various terms in their films, such as “mutant”, effectively making The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver known as “enhanced” in the MCU, there is no such clause for the term “Inhuman”.
Although the 2017 ABC Inhumans series left much to be desired, Marvel Studios has proven the failure of the project won’t affect their use of Inhumans. As seen in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Anson Mount reprised his role as Black Bolt, as well as name-dropping The Inhumans. While his return was short-lived, it is a sign that Marvel does not plan to abandoning the team.
We could learn that Ms. Marvel has Inhuman heritage and the Bangle unlocked her powers. While her “embiggening” powers are different in the series, at least she could still be an Inhuman. The changes in her abilities better connect her to Captain Marvel and Photon for the upcoming film The Marvels, while still allowing her to fully embrace her Inhuman heritage.
Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+! What are your thoughts on this Ms. Marvel theory? Do you think Kamala Khan is an Inhuman in the MCU? Let us know in the comments and on our Twitter!