Muslim fans of Ms. Marvel express their frustration with the Disney+ series’ recent revelation that protagonist Kamala Khan is actually a djinn.
This article contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel Episode 3, “Destined.”
Some Muslim fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest series Ms. Marvel are expressing their displeasure with the recent revelation regarding the source of Kamala Khan’s powers.
As revealed in Ms. Marvel Episode 3, “Destined” the titular hero’s newfound abilities are apparently due to her heritage as a Djinn. As explained by Kamran’s mother Najma, Kamala’s ancestors are otherworldly beings from the Noor dimensions that were banished from their reality sometime before 1942. These people are quickly explained to be the Djinn, creatures from Islamic mythology which can be both good and evil. A number of fans have expressed frustration with the reveal, specifying that the Quran condemns the practice of worshiping Djinn.
Viewers have interpreted Kamala’s Djinn-based powers as an act of “shirk,” the sin of idolatry, which is problematic as practicing Muslims are forbidden from worshiping anything other than Allah. However, despite Ms. Marvel‘s latest plot twist, other fans are convinced the Djinn angle is merely a red-herring designed to obscure the real identity of Kamala’s ancestors. Some MCU enthusiasts suggested that the hero will be revealed to be related to the alien race known as the Kree due to the appearance of an unknown, dead character with blue skin in Episode 3.
Not the First Ms. Marvel Controversy
Kamala’s relation to the Djinn isn’t the first time fans have been upset about Ms. Marvel’s powers. Following the debut of the series’ first trailer, many fans expressed disappointment that the MCU show wasn’t adapting Khan’s comic book “embiggening” abilities which she obtains through exposure to the Inhumans’ Terrigen mist.
Speaking about the reason behind Kamala’s live-action “hard light” powers, co-creator Sana Amanat explained that the decision hinged on the series being a story that needed to fit within the grander MCU. “We wanted to make sure there is a little bit more story to tell after this series,” Amanat said. “Obviously she goes into the Marvels. The powers do look different, which is very controversial. I know people are like, ‘How dare you change the powers!’ I know people are upset about it, but as someone who’s probably one of the closest people to this character from the inception, and having spoken to Willow about this as well, I think Willow and I have always felt that this made sense.
Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+ with new episodes arriving every Wednesday.