Ms. Marvel Star Responds To MCU Powers Backlash

Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani responds to the fan backlash regarding the change to the character’s powers in the MCU. Set to join the ever-growing roster of MCU Disney+ shows, Ms. Marvel follows Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Captain Marvel superfan, who struggles to fit in at school until she gains powers of her own. Initial trailers for Ms. Marvel tease a show geared towards slightly younger audiences and an impressive mix of live-action and animation.

The show, Ms. Marvel makes a key change to the character’s power from the comics, which some have taken issue with. In the original comic books, the hero has the ability to “embiggen” herself, which includes enlarging and extending all of her limbs, as well as superhuman healing abilities. In the show, however, Kamala has energy-based powers (not unlike those of Captain Marvel), which appear to stem from a metal wristband. One scene in the trailer does confirm that at least one aspect of the character’s powers will remain somewhat true to the source material, with Kamala sporting an enlarged purple fist during a fight scene. In a new interview with SFX Magazine (via The Direct), Vellani responds to the fan backlash over the powers change, explaining that, ultimately, it’s the character’s journey that matters the most. Vellani even jokes that Kamala could “shoot sausages out of her fingers,” and she wouldn’t care, so long as the show stays true to the character’s journey of self-discovery.

Spider-Man deals with themes of adolescence like puberty and struggling to fit in as a young person, Ms. Marvel is very much about one teenager’s journey of self-discovery. Vellani’s comments affirm that, while Ms. Marvel’s powers have changed for her introduction into the MCU, the core aspects of the character and her story will remain faithful to the source material. As Vellani explains, the most important part of the character is her struggle to find her own identity and her own place in a world within which she has never felt totally at home. Kamala’s introduction into the MCU, Ms. Marvel’s powers as they are depicted in the comics are unique and clearly something fans were looking forward to seeing brought to life on-screen. Kamala’s new powers are more in line with Captain Marvel’s energy-based powers, a decision that was likely made to allow for a more seamless team-up in next year’s The Marvels. There isn’t much longer to wait before Kamala’s new powers will be fully on display when Ms. Marvel premieres on Disney+ on June 8th.

Spider-Man, Thor & Hulk Celebrate Huge Anniversary

J. Scott Campbell’s variant covers colorfully capture what fans love about Hulk, Spider-Man, and Thor just in time for the trio’s 60th years. Three larger-than-life Marvel Comics characters are hitting major milestones in 2022, and Spider-Man, Thor, and Hulk each dominate the special variant covers intended to celebrate their individual 60-year anniversaries. This trio of heroes are given center stage by J. Scott Campbell, a celebrated artist known for his work on various covers, including multiple issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Venom, Black Cat, Thor, and others. As some of the most recognized superheroes in the world, the release of these covers in May and August is certain to grab attention.

Spider-Man has been slinging his webs for 60 years, becoming a fan favorite after making his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962 and Marvel is planning a big celebration in his honor. His story has taken fans through an emotional roller coaster, ranging from his failure to save Gwen Stacy to battling clones of himself to being buried alive to his controversial deal with Mephisto to erase his marriage from existence in exchange for saving Aunt May’s life. Through it all, he has remained one of Marvel’s most humorous characters and also one whose sense of responsibility weighs heavily upon him. Hulk has also been through a lot since his debut in The Incredible Hulk #1 by Lee and Jack Kirby, being banished to a gladiator planet, ruling a post-apocalyptic world, and having various levels of control in his eternal struggle with his alter ego Bruce Banner. On the other hand, Thor was justifiably deemed unworthy by Mjolnir, survived Ragnorok, and lost an eye, proving quite resilient for a character who debuted 60 years ago in Journey into Mystery #83 by Lee and Kirby. In the variant covers, Campbell has visually captured what fans love about these Marvel Comics stalwarts. In Thor #25, the Asgardian has the swagger of a Norse god as he twirls Mjolnir while maintaining eye contact, lightning sparking all around him. Spider-Man’s acrobatics in Amazing Fantasy #1,000 catch him as he is about to swing off the page into the next 60 years, half of his body shaded like a classic comic and the other half possessing a modern sheen. In Hulk #7, the anniversary variant has the jade giant looking every bit the destructive brute that even Superman’s strength is measured against, as his footsteps alone are enough to crack the ground beneath him and his own name.

Hulk’s available on May 25. Spider-Man’s goes on sale August 31 and Marvel has revealed that more anniversary covers from Campbell can be expected in the coming months. For additional details on Spider-Man’s celebration, Amazing Fantasy #1,000 is a giant-sized one-shot where some of the best visual and editorial storytellers in the business will spin past, present, and future Spidey tales. With what has been revealed already, Campbell’s variant covers are an integral part of these characters’ 60-year celebrations, and are in line with Marvel Comics’ energy when Captain America celebrated his 80-year anniversary last year. By paring the covers down to solely the heroes, it’s a joyful reminder of how mighty, incredible, and amazing Thor, Hulk, and Spider-Man have been for more than half a century.