Ms. Marvel Finale Copied Another X-Men’s Superpowers (Confirmed)

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There was a lot to take away when it came to Marvel Studios’ season finale Ms. Marvel. After six episodes, the conflict finally returned to the DODC and a slightly out of control Kamran. More importantly, Kamala Khan finally got her signature outfit, just in time to try out some new moves for her latest Disney+ entry.

Warning – this article contains spoilers for the Ms. Marvel season finale.

People have been talking about the changes in Ms. Marvel’s powers, and rightly so. The building powers of hard light are very different from those of stretch skin. However, even with that, the show has gone the distance by having these new abilities still visually mimicking his classic moves.

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Until this final episode, it mostly came in the form of large crystal hands. But in Kamala’s big showdown with the DODC, she finally pulled off her signature move: Embiggen. In doing so, she gained a few feet, longer limbs, and a protective exoskeleton covering her body.

Now, as exciting as it was to see Kamala Khan grow bigger as she took on multiple agents at once, this specific use of her light-building abilities felt a lot like a very particular X-Men: Hisako Ichiki, aka Armor. .

Now, the show’s main star has confirmed the X-Men character’s influence on Kamala’s powers.

Iman Vellani Reveals Ms. Marvel’s X-Men Inspirations

During a recent Reddit AMA, Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani revealed that they “definitely took [inspiration] of Armor” when using Kamala’s new ability in the series:

“We definitely took [inspiration] Armor from the X-Men, but I like to think of it as a surge of energy that surrounds her like a protective layer, I don’t think she feels like glass.”

Although the actress notes specific differences, many will likely still view the power sets as nearly identical. But who exactly is this X-Men member who brought visual inspiration to the Disney+ series?

Armor, the original Embiggen-er

X-Men Comics Armor
Marvel Comics

Hisako Ichiki is a mutant hailing from Tokyo, Japan, and was first introduced in the comics with Amazing X-Men (Vol. 3) #4. Under the name Armor, his abilities were Psionic Exoskeleton-Armor, essentially hard light constructs.

When she joined the Xavier Establishment, Hisako was placed in a training regiment led by Kitty Pryde called Paladins Squad. One of his first major conflicts involved a supervillain named Ord, from an alien planet named Breakworld, as he attacked their school. Soon after, she ended up facing a sentient danger room after her best friend’s tragic suicide.

X-Men Comics Armor
Marvel Comics

Armor ended up officially inducted into the X-Men during a mission with Wolverine to Breakworld, where they had to destroy a weapon capable of annihilating Earth. From there, she continued to be involved in several mutant storylines, including House of M, the mad delusions of Nathaniel Grey, the schism between Wolverine and Cyclops, and the founding of the Mutant refuge nation of Krakoa.

When Armor activates her powers, she’s basically placed inside a large exoskeleton made out of hard light. From inside, she moves her body while the armor enveloping her listens – another way to imagine her is like translucent Iron Man armor.

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In the climactic Grand Finals against the DODC, Kamala Khan ends up using her new power in the same way. So, since she can’t stretch like her comic counterpart, Ms. Marvel ends up seeming to grow in size and shape as she uses her purple constructs like a large exoskeleton.

Now, the effect wasn’t as dramatic as Armor’s in the comics, but nonetheless, it was very similar.

Did Kamala Khan steal the thunder from the armor?

Ms. Marvel Embiggen
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The biggest question now is what will become of Hisako Ichiki? Will she ever get the chance to play a significant role in the MCU, given that her power set would look almost exactly like Kamala’s? Perhaps Armor will be next in line for a drastic power-set makeover — she might even inherit Ms. Marvel’s discontinued stretch abilities.

That said, there’s always room for multiple similar power sets at once. After all, there are already a lot of people hitting hard. However, Marvel would still be smart to consider finding a way to make Armor’s use of an exoskeleton more unique.

For one thing, when she uses them in the comics, they tend to be a lot bigger than what Kamala has managed so far. The color of the energy she uses would also be important in separating her from the Noor energy; unless that energy ends up being more commonly used and referenced down the line.

X-Men Comics Armor
Marvel Comics

What makes this all even more interesting is how the final minutes of the episode confirmed that Kamala is the MCU’s first revealed mutant. Of course, his genetics could easily be more than that, but that makes this connection to Armor all the more interesting.

With Iman Vellani’s hero theoretically having the yet-unnamed X-Gene in her genetics, could Marvel Studios’ future character storyline lead her straight into the X-Men? Potentially directly in a team slot that could have been Armor?

Ms. Marvel Embiggen
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This will no doubt have Hisako fans worried that the character will be replaced, but sadly there won’t be an answer on that front for some time. Audiences will just have to wait patiently and see where the MCU goes from here when The wonders lands next year on July 28, 2023.

Ms. Marvel is now streaming on Disney+ worldwide.

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