Ms. Marvel episode 1 introduced the MCU’s version of Kamala Khan, granting her powers through a mysterious bracelet. But just what is it?
Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Ms. Marvel on Disney+.
The Ms. Marvel Disney+ series serves as an origin story for the MCU’s latest teen superhero Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan, who gains powers when she puts on a mysterious bracelet inherited from her grandmother. In the comics, Kamala Khan is a teenager with an Inhuman gene, which granted her powers when she was exposed to the Terrigen Mists. Marvel Studios has switched up her origin and even her powerset for the MCU. She is a mutant, and her bracelet was the key to unlocking her ability to control the photonic energy of the mysterious Noor dimension.
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Ms. Marvel’s MCU powers were revealed in episode 6 to originate from her mutant gene (the very same mutant gene from the X-Men, as confirmed by the X-Men 97 theme playing during the reveal). However, the bracelet she inherited from her grandmother is part of Ms. Marvel’s MCU power change. It’s essential for channeling her powers and has some unique abilities of its own. When Kamala puts the bracelet, on she can create photonic energy constructs known as “hard light.” As far as visual SFX in the show go, these are roughly analogous to the force fields projected by the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman but with a purple tint. An ironic twist, given how many believed Marvel had redesigned her powerset because they didn’t want stretching abilities comparable to Mr. Fantastic. Kamala herself has no idea where these powers come from but learns during the series that the bracelet grants her a link to the MCU’s alternate dimension of Noor – the plane of existence where the powerful Clandestines, aka Djinn, originate.
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Ms. Marvel’s bracelets were something of a mystery when introduced, and solving the puzzle was one of the Disney+ series key arcs. Over the course of Ms. Marvel’s 6 episodes, it displays a variety of abilities from showing Kamala visions to sending her backward in time. The bracelet both enables Kamala’s mutant abilities and provides a story anchor for her unique identity and history as a female Pakistani-American superhero. They’re unlike anything seen before, even in the comics. Plus, as revealed in the Ms. Marvel post-credits scene, they serve as a setup for The Marvels, in which Kamala Khan teams up with her hero Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, and Monica Rambeau (also Captain Marvel). Here’s everything you need to know about Kamala Khan’s bracelet in Ms. Marvel.
What Is Kamala Khan’s Bracelet In Ms. Marvel?
There’s no direct comic book analog for Ms. Marvel’s bracelet, but Marvel has indicated the changed origin story is a setup for The Marvels, which presumably means they’re cosmic in nature. Viewers have pointed to Quasar’s Quantum Bands, which project hard-light constructs that are visually similar to Kamala Khan’s new abilities. The Kree Nega-Bands is another alternative; they tap into the energy of another dimension called the Negative Zone, granting their bearer phenomenal powers. The latter would be more logical, given Captain Marvel’s own connection to the Kree, but Marvel could easily combine the two. Kamala could be in the Negative Zone after Ms. Marvel’s post-credits scene.
Kamala finds the bracelet in a box of assorted bric-a-brac sent to America by her family in Pakistan. It belonged to her grandmother, Sana, and is revealed over the course of the series to be connected to the Noor dimension. If the bracelet is a Kree Nega-Band in the MCU, the Noor dimension could be a stand-in for the Negative Zone. Marvel has already swapped around key details for Ms. Marvel, including making Kamala a Mutant rather than an Inhuman (a big deal, since Mutants and Inhumans are very different in the comics despite apparent conceptual similarities). It’s already known that Kamala Khan is going to be connected to Captain Marvel’s future MCU projects. Since Captain Marvel gained her own powers through Kree technology, Kamala owning a Kree Nega-Band would be an easy way to bridge the two characters’ stories.
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The Ms. Marvel Finale’s Post-Credit Scene Backs Up Kree Nega-Band Theories
The post-credits scene of Ms. Marvel added a lot of weight to the Kree Nega-Band theory. Kamala was revealed to be a mutant, and her powers don’t originate from the bracelet. However, the bracelet is still powerful and demonstrated a unique ability that Kree Nega-Bands possess in Marvel comics. In the scene, the bracelet glows before launching a very confused Kamala into her bedroom closet. The Marvel that emerges from the splinters isn’t Ms. Marvel, however, but an equally confused Carol Danvers. Kree Nega-Bands are powerful artifacts, and teleportation in this manner is an ability many owners of them like to use. The Marvels swapping in the Ms. Marvel finale is clearly a setup for The Marvels, but it’s also the clearest indication yet that Kamala Khan’s bracelet might turn out to be a Kree Nega-Band in the MCU.
In the show, it’s revealed that Kamala’s family has a connection to the mysterious Noor dimension. It’s from this dimension that Kamala channels her powers, enabled by a combination of her mutant X-Gene and the bracelet (the exact nature of the relationship is still unclear). The Negative Zone in Marvel comics is a source of power for many Kree weapons and artifacts. It could be that in the MCU it’s the photonic energy of Noor, rather than the Negative Zone, that grants the Kree the ability to wield such amazing technology. There is also a sun shape on the bracelet that’s similar to logos used by the Kree in the comics, further bolstering Kamala’s Captain Marvel Connection. Whatever the explanation ends up being, it’s almost certain that the bracelet introduced in Ms. Marvel will remain an essential part of Kamala Khan’s MCU story.
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