- Don’t worry, comic book fans. Embed her fist indeed. However, this doesn’t answer the thematic concerns of her literally becoming Captain Marvel.
- It’s pretty cool that her power comes out of the gauntlet, meaning it comes from Pakistan and her grandmother. Stay tuned for an answer to whether her powers are inherently part of her or external.
- Though the setting is different, Kamala getting her powers and saving Zoe the same night while she’s somewhere her parents don’t want her to be comes straight out of the comics. Her mother who called Avenger Con a drinking party could even be considered an Easter egg, as in the comics, Zoe’s rescue happened at a more quintessential high school party, on the Jersey City waterfront!
Speaking of the changes in Kamala’s powers, in the science room there is an explosion with a blue cloud that looks suspiciously like Terrigen fog, aka the way Kamala’s powers were activated in the comics and the Inhumans were activated on Agents of SHIELD† Ah, SHIELD† We miss you, old friend.
- That bird caught a glimpse in the opening credits. very similar to a reference to The Inventor, an early Mrs. Marvel comic villain. He was a half-human, half-bird incarnation of Thomas Edison (yes, the inventor of the light bulb) who kidnapped the Jersey City kids, including Kamala’s classmates, until she put an end to it. Plus, it looks like a drawing of Hela under the Inventor bird, as Kamala Khan recognizes a bad bitch when she sees one.
- Later in the episode, we get another nod to the inventor, when the sign that Kamala and Bruno sit in front of is for Edison Electric – a perfectly legit name, but also a shout out to The Inventor, Thomas Edison’s evil bird clone ( but please don’t call him bird to his face. He’s very sensitive to it). Just read the damn comic.
Kamala poses in Ant Man’s hand when he is huge and from the finale of . is in the harbor Ant man and wasp† Are these even Easter eggs anymore or…?
Speaking of Scott Lang, the image for his podcast makes it look like an individual episode, titled “Big Me, Little Me” on This powered lifewhich i hope is the MCU version of the version of NPR This American life but for those with power. (Sorry, Sam!)
- It’s pretty rad to see the Hulk next to bismillah, the transliteration for “in the name of God” in Arabic. And I think Bigfoot is there too? In Kamala Khan’s imagination, everyone is welcome!
- Big Hulk/Little Hulk is humiliating but cute!
When Kamala first goes to school and walks down the hallway, a song is played by Riz MC, aka the Oscar-winning British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed. When Kevin Feige first spoke about bringing Kamala Khan to the MCU in 2018, Ahmed spoke about the importance of hiring South Asians and Muslims for the job, jokingly introducing himself, Mindy Kaling and Kumail Nanjiani for the job. He later said there were more qualified people for the job, and he said he wanted South Asian women and Muslim women to write the script and lead the effort. It’s good to see that the Mrs. Marvel team is as diverse as Ahmed had hoped and found a way to include him in the show.
- The entirety of AvengerCon is a reference, so we’re going to name just a few of our favorites, starting with the holding in Camp Lehigh, home of Captain America, and the song “The Star-Spangled Man” from Captain America: The First Avenger play while Kamala and Bruno enter. There’s even a girl on the bus and at Avenger Con dressed as one of the Captain America USO Show dancers.
- The “America’s Ass” artwork and “Fight like a girl” Captain Marvel hat both speak for themselves and are definitely something that would exist in real life.
THOR, NEW ASGARD AND VALKYRIE
- A fan at the convention wears an Asgard Pride t-shirt, which could make it both the most gay thing in the MCU to date and the most current on-screen acknowledgment of Valkyrie’s sexuality (this is no compliment).
- Check out the tourist booth for New Asgard! We’ll just have to wait for Thor: Love and Thunder to see if it is as good as the brochure looks.
The order after the credits
- The Mrs. Marvel/Ms. Marvel (Kamala and Carol) lightning bolt ⚡ can be seen on the street art during the credits, as well as the Edison Electric sign.
- A lot of iconic Kamala and Carol art is superimposed as street art during the credits. Cover art from the first issue of Mrs. Marvel is in the credits when they show the name of EP Sana Amanat. Amanat is one of the creators of the character.
- Artwork by Nakia and Aamir from the comics is shown when those actors’ names appear during the credits.
- The sting features Tony-nominated Iranian-American actor Arian Moayed — who you may know as Stewy from succession-reprising his Spider Man: No Way Home role as Agent Cleary. Moayed has had a great year starring love life season 2 and invent Anna in addition to the aforementioned projects, and writing the upcoming movie the courtroom†
We wrote more about that scene after the credits here.