‘Ms. Marvel’ may have a ‘Shang-Chi’ connection hiding in plain sight


The Marvel Cinematic Universe is pulling away from Kamala Khan’s canonical origin story. As a substitute of giving her comedian ebook Kirby second — wherein she inhales a cloud of Terrigen Mist following a bomb explosion and turns into an Inhuman— Ms. Marvel opts for cosmic bracelets as the reason for its heroine’s skills. (Or, not less than, that’s what the trailer implies.)

Eagle-eyed followers have been watching the trailer repeatedly, concocting theories on what these modifications may imply for an ever-expanding movie and tv sequence franchise that should, in some way, preserve a number of tasks linked. Whereas a few of these hyperlinks are baked into the unique supply materials, Kevin Feige and co. have additionally taken inventive liberties to tie characters and storylines collectively.

It seems that Kamala’s (Iman Vellani) purple, glowing jewellery — notably the second and fourth part of her bangles — has fairly the same look to these ten golden rings Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) dons on his arms when they’re activated.

Do Ms. Marvel and Shang-Chi have related powers?

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings reveals that Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), the supervillainous father of Shang-Chi, discovered the Ten Rings close to an asteroid (or what seemed to be an asteroid) crash in a timeline that dates again to hundreds of years in the past in mainland China. If viewers are supposed to imagine that Wenwu, who notes he was typically known as Grasp Khan (an allusion to Genghis Khan) within the movie, was round throughout the time of the Mongol Empire’s existence, that implies that Wenwu absolutely traversed what is understood right now as Pakistan.

Reddit consumer BuckeyeFoodie posits in a put up that, maybe, the shiny, alien tech-ware that Wenwu discovered wound up being scattered all through the empire — and, in some way, the relic ended up in Kamala’s household, handed down throughout generations as a reasonably heirloom and nothing extra.

Kamala’s bracelets in Ms. Marvel look lots just like the Ten Rings.Marvel Studios

If the Ms. Marvel trailer is main viewers in the precise path, Kamala’s bracelets (and the superb presents they grant her) have been probably reimagined in a means that makes them extra possible for visible storytelling — very like the Ten Rings had been for the massive display. Within the comics, the Mandarin’s Ten Rings are ten-finger rings that every have their very own colours and powers. Shang-Chi screenwriter Dave Callaham and producer Jonathan Schwartz famous they had been switched to armbands given the potential for confusion with one other set of alien knuckle bling within the MCU, the Infinity Stones.

The post-credits scene of Shang-Chi strongly insinuates that after the ten rings had been activated, they started beaming out a sign. To what, to whom, or to the place are all unclear, but when they’re fabricated from the identical space-stuff as Kamala’s jewellery, may or not it’s that their activation is what precipitates her personal?

A better have a look at Wenwu’s rings in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.Marvel Studios

The Inverse Evaluation — As an on-page superhero, Kamala largely wears her bangles for sentimental causes. The origin of the Khan classic jewellery within the comics traces again to her great-grandmother, who escaped anti-Muslim brutality in Bombay in 1947 upon Pakistan gaining independence. Her great-grandma had her marriage ceremony bracelets on and used them as a strategy to disguise cash throughout their refuge.

It’s nonetheless unknown what powers Kamala can have on the Disney+ sequence and the way totally different they are going to be from the comics. Nonetheless, it appears believable that altering up shapeshifting skills for extra of a Captain Marvel Lite energy-based energy would make sense each for a TV format and as a wink to Kamala’s obsession with Captain Marvel.

Ms. Marvel begins streaming June 8 on Disney+.


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