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The finale of ‘Ms. Marvel’ makes superhero history

Kamala’s character and superhero identity are incredibly important additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Image of Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

The finale of “Ms. Marvel” leaves viewers with a lot of questions as to how Kamala’s story fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Like the rest of the show, the latest episode was unpredictable and intriguing, painting each of its characters in a unique light. 

Interestingly enough, the episode showed that Kamala’s biggest superpower might not be her ability to wield Noor but, instead, how she has the support of her friends and family. Unlike other Marvel heroes such as Spider-man, Kamala’s superhero identity isn’t kept a secret from her loved ones. Kamala’s parents, friends and enemies know her identity. Even her ex-best friend Zoe seems to know who she really is. This storyline empowers Kamala by giving her the courage to fight for what she believes in. Her superhero journey is much more like a true coming-of-age story than any other Marvel hero in this regard. 

Most importantly, the show heavily emphasizes the importance of Kamala’s ethnicity. The TikTok montage at the end of the episode shows the intersection of characters and fans who are overjoyed at the emergence of a Pakistani hero who demonstrates the courage to defend her culture. Even Kamala’s superhero outfit is traditional and pays homage to her culture while staying trendy and relevant. 

The final scene of the episode is most perplexing: If Kamala has a genetic mutation that allows her to wield Noor, is she a mutant? This nod may hint that Marvel might be attempting to bring back one of its older, popular series, The X-Men, back to the MCU as some rumors have suggested. 

Kamala is a unique and special hero; there is no denying that. Her name, which means “marvel” in Urdu, is the reason why she is called “Ms. Marvel” as her superhero moniker. And let’s face it, she is marvelous in every way. Dear Marvel, you have truly made a hero for the books.



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Aashi Gurijala
Aashi Gurijala, Former Staff Writer
Aashi Gurijala ('25) is from Phoenix, Arizona, and is majoring in medicine, health and society and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science. You can reach her at [email protected].
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