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The Ms. Marvel season finale hit Disney+ on Wednesday and what took place will be felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years to come.

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes major plot elements of the season finale of Ms. Marvel now streaming on Disney+. If you have not seen episode six of the series, continue at your own risk.

The MCU architect Kevin Feige has aimed to keep the the films and tv series as close to the original comic book content as possible. Respecting the source material, as most writers and directors do when adapting comics and books. Slight changes have happened over the years, some are just updating with the times and others due to character studio rights. This all changed with the release of Ms. Marvel.

In the comics Ms. Marvel develops her superpowers when the Terrigen Mists are released as part of the Infinity storyline. Her dormant Inhuman abilities are activated by the Mists on a rare night when Kamala Khan decides to be rebellious and sneak out after her parents forbid her from attending a high school party.

With Marvel seemingly avoiding the use of Inhumans in the MCU after the failed television series and cancelled feature film. This would mean Khan, played by Iman Vellani, would have to receive her powers another place. During the Disney+ series we were to expect Kamala Khan gains the ability to harness cosmic energy and create hard light constructs from a magical bangle. In addition to her revelation of being part djinn.

Up until the season finale, we thought we basically knew the backstory of Khan and we just were waiting for the show to wrap up and see how this series flows into the forthcoming “The Marvels” in 2023.

Ms. Marvel’s Genes Are Like a Mutation

That all changed, for the good, during the closing moments of “No Normal.” Khan’s best friend Bruno, played by Matt Lintz, says to Khan there is “something different in your genes” that’s “like a mutation.” Khan replies, “Whatever, it is it’s just going to be another label.” All this while a version of the 1990’s X-Men: The Animated Series theme song plays in the background.

While Bruno did not come out and say Khan is a mutant, the use of the word mutation, along with the X-Men theme song, would lead us to believe thats the plan for her character in the MCU. When Bruno says “like a mutation” it was the first time in the MCU someone has said a version of the word mutant. Fox had owned the rights to the word mutant along with the X-Men until Disney purchased the company in 2019.

Marvel introducing Khan as a mutant and revealing mutants in this way was wonderful as no one really expected it. Additionally, not relying on a massive famous or traditional X-Men character to bring the mutant gene into the MCU allows mutants to slowly come into play over the next number of years. Also, it was huge for Marvel to use any discussion of mutated genes on a Disney+ series rather than a feature film.

Making sure to take from the source material is always important. However, taking stories, abilities, origins exactly from the comics could get somewhat boring, as we all know what to expect as comic book fans. Khan as Ms. Marvel is a relatively new character in Marvel Comics, introduced in 2013. This allows the MCU to alter her powers and story with only nine years of history. Something that is completely different from a character created in the 1960’s.

Not the First Mutant Origin Story Change

During the Avengers: Age of Ultron film in 2015, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff were introduced as “enhanced beings” instead of mutants after they volunteered for Hydra’s enhancement program overseen by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. This was again due to the fact Fox own the rights to use the word mutant, forcing Marvel to change their origins. So this is not the first time.

Khan’s co-creator Sana Amanat recently said “Here’s a really important thing that people do not know – when we were thinking about the character of Kamala back, back, back in the day in 2012, 2013, when [G.] Willow [Wilson] and myself were ideating, we originally wanted to make her a mutant. That was the whole intention, to be able to do that.”

It can be a slippery slope changing powers and backstories, but sometimes is necessary for the advancement of the story. Feige is a huge comic book fan, believing he would only change things if there is a reason.

With Khan having been revealed as being a mutant, we now have mutants in the MCU. This will change everything moving forward, but don’t expect there to be an X-Men movie just yet. The next big news should be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con on from July 21-24.

Be sure to check out The Capes and Tights Podcast review of the Ms. Marvel series coming soon!

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#56: What’s New in the MCU – SDCC Updates

This week on the Capes and Tights Podcast Justin Soderberg discusses what’s new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the updates from the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 in July.

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This week on the Capes and Tights Podcast Justin Soderberg discusses what’s new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the updates from the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 in July.

Co-host Adam Morrisette has taken a small sabbatical from the podcast as he is starting a new full-time gig in Illinois and wants to focus on the job. Until he returns Justin will welcome guests as well as go solo on a few episodes. This episode is a solo one.

Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, made many outstanding announcements at this year’s SDCC and now that the dust has settled a bit, we take a look at this news. The fourth phase will end in November with Black Panther, we got a ton of the fifth phase announcements, and was surprised with some of the major films of Phase 6.

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Marvel Characters Confirmed For What If…? Season 2

The studio has given us an idea of which Marvel characters are expected to appear in the sophomore season.

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Marvel Studios announced at the San Diego Comic-Con what is in-store for the the second season of the hit animated series What If…?. The studio also announced the series has been renewed for a third season.

What If…? doesn’t referenced much in the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, but did serve as the introduction to Captain Carter and gave us glimpses of the multiverse. Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, does recommend watching the series to get a grip on the entire MCU. This could just be him promoting all their content.

Season two is set to air early 2023 on Disney+ and the studio has now given us an idea of which Marvel characters are expected to appear in the sophomore season.

What If…? Voice Actors Confirmed

Of course What If…? wouldn’t be the same without Jeffrey Wright‘s The Watcher, as the character acts as the narrator of the series. Returning from the first season is Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter, Josh Keaton‘s Steve Rogers / Hydra Stomper, Mick Winger‘s Iron Man, Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, Taka Waititi‘s Korg, and Lake Bell‘s Black Widow. Joining the fray is Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Cynthia McWilliams will voice Gamora in an episode original slated for the first season which was moved to season two due to the pandemic.

Hela, Valkyrie, Bucky Barnes, Wenwu, Ying Li, Odin, The Great Protector, Ant-Man, Yondu, Young Peter Parker, Young Peter Quill, Ego, Shang-Chi, and Red Guardian will also appear in season two with unconfirmed voice actors.

What If…? originally boasted the inclusion of the main MCU characters reprising their roles in the animated series, but only a few ended up signing up. However, it is nice to see some voices will remain the same from season-to-season.

Marvel’s What If…? has also spun out a series title Marvel Zombies. The first season will air sometime in the future and will pick up where the fifth episode of the first season left off. The show will be loosely based on the comic book limited series with the same name by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and Sean Phillips (Pulp, Reckless).

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Season 1 Preview

The final television series of the MCU Phase 4 hits Disney+ on August 17.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets a tiny bit bigger this August with the addition of She-Hulk in her own comedy television show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

In the nine-episode first season, Jennifer Walters navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk.

Created by Jessica Gao, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the eighth television series in the MCU and will premiere on August 17, 2022. Gao serves as head writer and is joined by Kat Coiro leading the directing team. Tatiana Maslany stars as Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk, alongside Jameela Jamil as Titania, Ginger Gonzaga as Nikki Ramos, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Amelia, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky / Abomination, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Smart Hulk, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

Roth hasn’t been seen in the MCU since his debut in the 2008 The Incredible Hulk film, while Wong seems to be making an appearance in every MCU project. Not that it is a bad thing.

Additionally, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass, Anais Almonte, Nicholas Cirillo, and Griffin Matthews have been cast in undisclosed roles. Charlie Cox reprises his role as Matt Murdock / Daredevil prior to the release of his own new show, Daredevil: Born Again, coming in 2024.

The comedy series runs nine-episodes from August 18-October 13 and is the second to last Phase 4 project in the MCU, leaving only the feature film Black Panther: Wakanda before the start of Phase 5.

Who Is She-Hulk?

Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk, was created for Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her first comic book appearance was in The Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980). Walters is a lawyer who, after an injury, received an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, and acquired a milder version of his Hulk condition. As such, Walters becomes a large, powerful, green-hued version of herself.

Unlike the original Banner she largely retains her personality, in particular the majority of her intelligence and emotional control. Like Hulk, she is still susceptible to outbursts of anger and becomes much stronger when enraged. In later series, her transformation is permanent, and she often breaks the fourth wall for humorous effect and running gags. Of course with the addition of Smart Hulk to the comic book and cinematic universe, Banner also has retained some of his personality.

She has been a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, the Defenders, Fantastic Force and S.H.I.E.L.D. As a highly skilled lawyer who became a superhero by accident, she frequently leverages her legal and personal experience to serve as legal counsel to various superheroes and other metahumans.

Her MCU origin will vary slightly compared to the comics. Walters gets into a serious car accident with her cousin Banner in the car. Somehow Walters gets Banner’s blood into her system by accident, causing her to hulk out. Difference being in the comics it was a blood transfusion in a hospital versus accidental contamination.

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