Muslim Ms. Marvel fans are expressing their frustration over the Disney+ series’ recent reveal that protagonist Kamala Khan is actually a jinn.
This article contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel Episode 3, “Destined.”
Some Muslim Fans of the Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe Series Ms. Marvel express 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 new abilities are apparently due to his heritage as a Djinn. As Kamran’s mother Najma explains, Kamala’s ancestors are otherworldly beings from the Noor dimensions who were banished from their reality sometime before 1942. These people are quickly explained as the Djinn, creatures of Islamic mythology that can be both good and bad. A number of fans expressed their frustration with the revelation, pointing out 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 to worship anything other than Allah. However, despite Ms. MarvelIn the latest plot twist, other fans are convinced that the Djinn angle is just a red herring designed to obscure the true identity of Kamala’s ancestors. Some MCU enthusiasts have suggested that the hero will turn out to be related to the alien race known as the Kree due to the appearance of an unknown, dead, blue-skinned character in Episode 3.
Not the first Ms. Marvel controversy
Kamala’s relationship with the Djinn isn’t the first time fans have been upset about Ms. Marvel’s powers. After the first trailer for the series debuted, many fans expressed disappointment that the MCU show didn’t adapt Khan’s comic book “enrichment” abilities that she gets through the exposure to the Terrigen Mist of the Inhumans.
Speaking about the reason behind Kamala’s “hard light” powers, co-creator Sana Amanat explained that the decision was based on the series being a story that needed to fit into the larger MCU. “We wanted to make sure there was a bit more story to tell after this series,” Amanat said. “Obviously she goes into Wonders. The powers seem different, which is very controversial. I know people are like, ‘How dare you change powers!’ I know people are upset about this, but as someone who’s probably been one of the closest people to this character from the start, and also having spoken to Willow about this, I think Willow and I always thought that made sense.
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