Fans have been waiting for mutants to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Disney combined with Fox Studios. Most people would never have anticipated that Ms. Marvel’s Iman Vellani would wind up having the big moment.
Sure, Professor X appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but this is the first actual mutation detected on Earth-616 (at least for the audience). So, how did the Disney+ series do in terms of exposing fans to the first MCU mutant?
Let’s take a look at the show’s main flaws and successes.
Vellani the Superstar triumphs
Let’s get to the show’s greatest part: Iman Vellani is fantastic as Kamala Khan. She was born to play this part and will certainly become one of the MCU’s most recognizable characters. What makes it even better is how enthusiastic the actress is about Marvel outside of the show—though that’s just the icing on the cake.
Her young enthusiasm bursts through the screen, and her fangirling seems both genuine and familiar in many ways. What’s more, none of it ever comes off as overbearing. Her fiery attitude and love for individuals like Captain Marvel inspire admiration rather than disgust.
When it came to bringing her live-action counterpart to life, Kamala Khan did get a slew of alterations from the original material. Were these all positive changes?
At the end of the day, there doesn’t seem to have been any compelling reason to dramatically alter the character’s power set. Her muddled origins make sense considering the time of the X-Men and the lack of Inhumans in the mix, but Kamala might easily have preserved her flexible skin.
Obviously, this is not the case. Despite the alterations, her new abilities operate well. However, there is still a lot to explain to viewers about the Noor, the Clandestines, those Kree links, and how it all pertains to being a mutant.
While it would have been nice to have her Inhuman heritage, having the X-Gene provides an interesting new route for the character. It would have been preferable if her background hadn’t been so tangled. While Kamala is an overall success for the MCU, the sloppiness of her beginnings is frustrating.
Hopefully, The Marvels will assist to clarify matters.
Criticisms: The Villains Fail
Unfortunately, although there are many positive aspects to the series, the villains are not one of them. The introduction of Nimra Bucha’s Najma and the rest of the Clandestines was arguably the show’s worst point, and it also received the greatest criticism from viewers across the board.
The group was hurried into the procedures and all died not long after. They left no impression and were completely forgettable, not to mention the perplexing mythology they provided, which still leaves many unanswered issues.
What is the connection between being a Clandestine and being a mutant? Is the Noor energy and dimension inextricably linked to all of this? Is it similar to (X-Men member) Magik’s link to Limbo?
One modification that may have made a significant difference would have been to avoid leaving New Jersey for Episodes 4 and 5. This departure delayed the show’s pace and turned viewers away from the actors.
This may have also given the Clandestines more space to develop and become personalities rather than angry thugs brandishing odd weaponry. Furthermore, the threat does not necessarily have to endanger the whole planet. It would have been wiser to keep the tale limited and focused on New Jersey for all six episodes.
By the show’s conclusion, Kamran had taken over the position of the Clandestine. While the character and acting aren’t horrible, the tale about his gaining abilities and being abandoned by his mother was rushed.
When a result, in the last episode, as Kamran is pursued and finally turns on the Department of Damage Control (DODC), much of the emotional impact of what was occurring was missing. Fortunately, the character is still alive and well towards the conclusion, so he may return in a future second season.
The show’s second bunch of evil men, the DODC, were excruciatingly uninteresting. It’s unfortunate that they had to take up so much space in the conclusion. They turned out to be a bunch of government operatives being terrible just for the fun of being bad.
When did the world become so antagonistic to those in positions of power? In earlier ventures, everything looked to be going swimmingly. Not to add that the Avengers rescued half of the universe.
Victory: Kamala’s Support System
Aside from the aforementioned baddies, the supporting cast is fantastic. Not only are they all entertaining to watch, but their interplay is flawless. This is best shown when the Khans are in the same room. They easily bounce off one other, and the whole family seems real.
Zenobia Shroff, who plays Kamala’s mother, deserves the greatest praise among the Khans. She portrays the ideal strict but loving parent—she was never so unreasonable that she became a humorously awful person for spectators to despise. The authors made an excellent decision in giving her the opportunity to don the famous Ms. Marvel outfit.
Bruno, played by Matt Lintz, is also deserving of high acclaim. Every time Iman Vellani and Lintz shared a scene, their chemistry virtually exploded off the screen. Hopefully, fans will see more of him sooner rather than later, particularly now that he seems to have uncovered the X-Gene.
Shoutout also goes to Yasmeen Fletcher, who has a good bond with Kamala. The series could have used a lot more of the two together.
Victory: That Adorable Energy
Ms. Marvel’s style is one of its most distinguishing features. The frenetic energy that pervaded the majority of the performance, the clever and creative usage of graphic graphics between scenes, and the catchy music—it was all there.
Unfortunately, much of that vitality was lost in Episodes 4 and 5, which damaged the project’s overall identity. Fortunately, it was able to recapture some of that energy for the big climax.
The introduction to Muslim culture, which is not commonly handled in big-name productions, was woven into the show’s DNA. It was amazing to watch and learn about Kamala’s culture and global experience in an organic and real manner, for the most part.
Once again, the fourth and fifth installments must be criticized. It was interesting to learn about Karachi and The Partition, however the way the plot diverged from that was detrimental to the entire storyline. It didn’t help that the main shock in Episode 5 centers on dubious time travel principles that don’t appear to match up to what spectators were taught in Avengers: Endgame.
The First Mutant in the MCU Is a Success
Overall, Kamala Khan’s debut in the MCU was a rousing success. Iman Vellani is great, and she is supported by an amazing supporting cast that help bring New Jersey City to life. When it comes to villains, both the Clandestines and the DODC could have utilized a lot more effort, since both are major contributors in the series’ failure to achieve greatness.
While many may be disappointed by the character’s multiple drastic transformations, the route to mutants in the MCU has finally started. The most pressing question is, what is the next step in this journey?
Hopefully, Kamala Khan’s adventure in The Marvels will help fill in some of the gaps in her genetic mystery. More importantly, we finally get to see Ms. Marvel’s world crumble as she comes face to face with Carol Danvers herself.
Ms. Marvel is now available on Disney+.
Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?
DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.
Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.
Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.
Marvel VS DC
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch
Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson
Dani Guererro – Okoye
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!
Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision
WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.
In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.
WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.
I Love Lucy
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.
Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.
A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.
Malcolm in the Middle
The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.
WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.
When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.
Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.
The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.
Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.
Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?
Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.
The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.
How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?
For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.
By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.
After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.
What are Wonder Man’s powers?
What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.
Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.
Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?
Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.
What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?
Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.
It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.
It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.
We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.
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