Ms. Marvel Director Explains What Makes Kamala Khan Unique From Other Superheroes

This is a character in particular, and not just because he is one of the most popular to be born from the thumbnails of wonder over the past decade, but due to various aspects of his personality and background that are unusual for an American comic book character.

Both in the comics and in the series – the first 2 episodes of which had access to BioBioChile, Kamala Khan She is a teenager from Jersey City, the daughter of Pakistani parents, a Muslim by profession, and an absolute fan of everything that is the world of superheroes in the universe in which she lives. Specifically, from Carole Danveralso known as Captain Marvel.

Adept at writing his own stories featuring his heroes (known as fanfiction, fanfiction), with a wild imagination that is spectacularly translated to the screen, suddenly gained superpowers and found herself caught up in her own adventures.

In the comics, and in adaptations like the video game of Marvel’s Avengersthis change is triggered by the explosion and dispersal of “Terrigen Mists”, a chemical that activates his latent Inhuman genes and gives him superpowers.

But in the cinematic universe, that event didn’t happen, and the inhuman as a species they have figured especially in the ignored series which bears that name, and in shield agents, whose integration into the main continuity is still doubtful.

How then to present this new heroine? This is the challenge that was found Bisha K’Alia woman behind the wheel of this new opus and who promises to bring to the screen everything that makes Kamala Khan “unique”, including her relationship with her powers.

However, for this they had to make some changes. “It was a conversation that started early in the creative process,” he said, noting that they were working with Sana Amanat the creator of the character in the comics. “We don’t do this lightly, but with great love,” Ali said.

“You have to understand that every single person working on this show is obsessed with the comics. We love these comics so much, with all of our hearts,” he pointed out, explaining that in that spirit “we talked about the how we adapt this show for the screen and for this character to exist in a show that doesn’t exist alone, but in a much larger world, the MCU is great.”

And it is that the change may seem very big at first sight, for the already devoted fans. Traditionally, Kamala Khan derives powers from her genetic mutation which gives her body elasticity, to alter its shape. As the Inhumans are a creation of the alien Kree civilization, this connection connects it to the most important predecessors of the “Captain Marvel” title.

In the series, as far as we know, he seems to get them from an old family bracelet that gives him the ability to create energy constructs and – apparently – through them, stretch his limbs. It appears to be, at first glance, an adaptation and mash-up of the quantum bands traditionally tied to superheroes. Quasaror the classic Nega-Bands of Mar Vellthe original Captain Marvel.

Both alternatives open up many questions, but Ali calls for waiting to see how the show develops to understand the reasons behind the creative liberties that had to be taken: “I hope you see those reasons developing further.”

“I think the most important thing to me about the relationship between Kamala and her powers in the comics was that they are intrinsically tied to the character and what she is going through and experiencing,” defended the screenwriter, saying that “this connectivity is something vital for me”.

She maintained that “I am a writer who favors characterization. That interests me more than anything, so that connection between her powers and who she is and what she’s going through and what her psychological state is, that’s in the show and will continue to grow.”

“So it’s not like we’re losing that bond that’s so important to our show and critical to its development. So I hope people can adapt to the changeand hopefully as more things develop in the cinematic universe, they can get a better sense of why we did them,” he said.

Trauma, different from the traditional

One of the unique aspects of Kamala, according to Ali and as evidenced by the early episodes, is that his family nucleus is still intact. She doesn’t live with her uncles after a family tragedy, nor does she have abusive or absent parents, or see them as a murdered child in a dark alley.

Her parents are alive, present and very worried about her. Which isn’t to say their relationship is exactly straightforward, since his Muslim upbringing clashes squarely with the Western culture he grew up in.

“Family is very important to the show, in terms of what we explore and Kamala’s experience in that world,” Ali explains. “One of the unique things about Kamala compared to so many other comic book and superhero characters is that she has no parental trauma.”

She points out that “her parents are not dead, she is not an orphan, which is a valid and important story, but Kamala Khan is not. And we consider that to be a great gift. . So we spent time with her and her family” during the first two episodes. First before then after getting his powers.

So, remember that this series is just the first step for Kamala: “We know he will end up being in The Marvels. Who knows what will happen in this movie? I say? It’s a secret. We know that’s what we’re preparing for, so we have that precious time with her and her family and friends in that day-to-day environment, and we thought it was really important to invest some time in that. .”

However, the absence of tragedy does not mean that Kamala is oblivious to other emotional charges. The example is the collective trauma involved in the violent ‘partition’ of the British Indian Empire in the middle of the last century after World War II, which caused religious genocides, humanitarian crises and led to the process that shaped the countries of India, Pakistan and (later) Bangladesh as we know them today’ today.

The first episode of the series directly criticizes the failures of the American education system in the face of these historical events.

Given the potential difficulties of presenting this type of content to his audience in the North American powerhouse, Ali considers that “I don’t think it’s necessarily my job to please the audience in terms of receptivity.”

“More than receptive, I would say they don’t know that very well,” he argues, defending that “My job is to tell unique, authentic, meaningful, exciting and beautiful stories.”

In that sense, he argues, “not everyone is going to like what you do, some will, some won’t, and sometimes it’s hard to live with that.”

“So in terms of the creative process, we sat down with Sanaa and we talked about what’s important to us and what we thought were the things that we could only explore with this character. And I think a lot of what’s personal and important and unique about him comes into the show and is either adapted directly from the comics or referenced in a way that adds to the character,” Ali explained.

There “fan girlsupreme

Characterizing a hardcore fan can have its difficulties, as it involves portraying the very audience who will see the story, but that doesn’t seem to have been a difficulty for Ali: “I myself am a fan girl!, so it’s pretty easy for me. I was a big fan of these things before I even worked in television, and I was an active part of the fanbase in the past, and then I had to quit because I started creating things .”

“So, I fully understand this experience. I can understand the passion and emotions surrounding it. The creativity of the fans really amazes me, so please tweet me your fan art! I’m obsessed! All those things make my day,” he says.

Personally, he says “I know what stories mean to people because I know how much they mean to me. So all of that was not very difficult to stage, but translating it to the screen so that it would be accessible to everyone was something that had to be explored. How do we make sure that we tell the story clearly and that people who aren’t necessarily big fans can appreciate and appreciate that.”

Much of the achievement on this front is credited to the actress who stars in the play and brings Kamala Khan to life: “I think that’s the magic of Iman Vellani, she can fit everyone into her story at because of who she is and how she behaves and attracts all kinds of audiences.Whether you’re a ‘fan girl‘ Like me or you don’t care, I know that Kamala Khan and Iman Vellani will catch up with you.”

The Obstacles of Kamala

In Marvel, it is said that a hero is defined not only by what he can do, but more importantly by what he cannot do. With that in mind, Ali points out that Kamala’s big limitation early in the series “is that he doesn’t know who he is. And I think that’s something teenagers can empathize with.”

“I think he has to go through a big journey of coming of age throughout the series. He hasn’t figured out his identity yet, neither should he, but once you get powers you might have to- be doing it”, explains the director.

Moreover, in this scenario, Kamala “It is also pulled in several different directions. That’s her fight at the start of the first episode,” Ali said, referring to Muslim traditions and Westerners’ natural enthusiasm for the superheroine.

But that’s all it can reveal: “I’m trying to be careful because I feel like if I give you a spoiler, Kevin (Feige) will come rushing into my office to close my computer screen and say ‘enough’. I’m trying so to be very careful because you’ve raised some very juicy questions that I won’t be able to answer for another six weeks.”

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