Just over six months since the television show debuted on The Walt Disney Company’s streaming service, Ms. Marvel has changed.
Last June saw Iman Vellani — a self-confessed Marvel Cinematic Universe superfan — arrive in the MCU as Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel. Vellani’s six-episode series was created by Bisha K. Ali, with a directing team led by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and introduced the cosmic-powered, Captain Marvel-obsessed teen Kamala Khan as she embarked on a new journey of self-discovery, global mayhem, and superhero fights.
The series was received well by fans and critics alike, with many praising the show’s comic book-inspired illustrations, humor, and that youthful Marvel charm, the latter established by the likes of Tom Holland (Peter Parker), Zendaya (MJ), and Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds) in the Jon Watts-helmed Spider-Man trilogy.
What, perhaps, didn’t go down as well as the production style and casting, was the departure from Ms. Marvel’s comic roots when it came to her superpowers; this paved the way for criticisms to flood in, targeting both the creative team and Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, himself.
Despite this, Ms. Marvel is expected to continue on in the MCU thanks to both her starring role in the upcoming Marvel Phase Five movie, The Marvels (2023), and the mutant reveal teased in the Ms. Marvel Season 1 finale — the X-Men are, after all, set to make their MCU entrance sometime in the next two Phases. As for The Marvels, Vellani will co-star alongside Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris, who reprise their respective roles as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau/Photon.
But, before all the excitement of Nia DaCosta’s The Marvels takes over the fandom, some may want to revisit — or even watch for the first time — Ms. Marvel. And it just so happens that the show has been changed.
Taking place after the events of Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), and thus after the Multiversal action of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Ms. Marvel, upon first released, faced a massive continuity error.
As seen in The Direct, shots of the Statue of Liberty in Ms. Marvel formed an error for the MCU. The Statue of Liberty in the Disney streaming show is seen to be its real-world teal color, but eagle-eyed fans realized that if Ms. Marvel takes place after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, then the iconic New York monument should be copper-colored. Now, the shots involving the Statue of Liberty have been edited to solidify Ms. Marvel‘s place in the MCU canon timeline.
While it may seem like a small change to some, this level of detail is required in order to keep fans on a straight path. Sure, the Multiverse Saga disrupts this somewhat, but real-world — that is, Earth-616 — events need to be continuous in order to anchor the changes that come with new Multiversal stories; the edit from teal to copper marks a complete change for the show, firmly cementing it in the correct place in the timeline.
Easter eggs are prominent in the MCU and things like the Statue of Liberty being a different color could signify that the events audiences are seeing are taking place in a different universe. An example of this was seen in the Loki Season 1 finale when a monument of Kang the Conqueror, who was introduced just slightly earlier as He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), clarified that Tom Hiddlest0n’s God of Mischief was, in fact, in a new timeline.
All six episodes of Ms. Marvel are currently streaming on Disney+. Iman Vellani leads the cast as the titular character; she is joined by Matt Lintz (Bruno Carelli), Yasmeen Fletcher (Nakia Bahadir), Zenobia Shroff (Muneeba Khan), Mohan Kapur (Yusuf Khan), Saagar Shaikh (Amir Khan), and Aramis Knight (Kareem/Red Dagger).
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