MCU’s Youngest Hero Ms. Marvel May Have Destroyed the Entire Universe
While it’s unlikely that Kamala destroyed Qarin’s universe, it’s possible that she was responsible for her other self’s demise.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Since its beginnings in Captain Marvel #14 (by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Hepburn, Gerardo Sandoval, Andy Troy, and VC’s Joe Caramagna), Kamala Khan has established herself as one of the Marvel Universe’s most beloved heroes. Not only is she a big step up in representation by being the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic, but her ability to stretch and expand her body has allowed her to save the day in a way. as effective as it is unconventional. Combined with an energetic and outgoing personality that easily endears her to others, the star of the upcoming Disney+ series, Ms. Marvel has a lot going for it.
However, despite his many triumphs, Kamala is still a relatively inexperienced hero, and there have been times when his haste and lack of foresight got him into trouble. However, while many of these past slip-ups have resulted in minor inconvenience at best, the seemingly simple mistake Kamla made in Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 (by Samira Ahmed, Andres Genolet, Triona Farrel and VC’s Joe Caramagna) could have turned her into a multiversal killer.
While in Chicago to visit her physicist cousin Razia, Kamala is forced to cut short what was supposed to be a heroless vacation when a burglar wearing a trench coat broke into Razia’s lab and attempted to steal the “Pholchinski Box”, a device that allowed one to travel to alternate dimensions through wormholes. During the struggle, Kamala accidentally damaged the box, causing her to see visions of the many different versions of herself that existed across the multiverse. Following this, Kamala began to experience several bizarre occurrences, ranging from suddenly feeling hungry and tired to being sent off to a universe where everything follows the tropes of a big-budget Bollywood musical. In the midst of it all, Kamala’s powers began to falter as a mysterious look-alike of her began causing trouble in New Jersey.
Eventually, Kamala managed to wedge her doppelganger into Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #3 (by Ahmed, Genolet, Farrel, and Caramagna) and discovered that she was a young girl named Qarin, a shapeshifter who claimed to be from an alternate universe that was suddenly and violently destroyed by an unknown force. Although Kamala initially sympathized with Qarin and offered to train her to better control her powers, she grew to distrust Qarin after he began inserting herself into Kamala’s personal life by impersonating her to of his family and friends. Those suspicions were proven true when she saw Qarin assault the man in the trench coat as he was transformed into Kamala’s mother, with the apparent villain angrily accusing Kamala of killing her version of Ms. Marvel and having destroys his world.
While it’s unlikely that Kamala destroyed Qarin’s universe, it’s possible that she was responsible for her other self’s demise. In accordance with the First Law of Mass Conversation, Kamala not only spontaneously produces more flesh each time she changes the size and length of her body. Instead, as revealed in Ms. Marvel #34 (by G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, and VC’s Joe Caramagna) she essentially “borrows” matter from her future self, performing a form of molecular time travel whenever she uses her power. This aspect of her ability has always been limited to herself in the past, but her encounter with the Pholchinski Box may have changed that.
Because Kamala’s interaction with the Pholchinski Box appears to have created some sort of mental connection between her and her other selves, her powers may also have “synced” with those of her alternates. This could explain why Kamala became so tired and hungry at seemingly random times, as her other selves could use her matter to use their powers without even realizing it. If so, it’s just as likely that Kamala will borrow things from them as well, and the kind of disasters that can occur when she can’t use her powers at a crucial moment have already been demonstrated. This means that it is possible that Kamala’s use of her powers has negatively affected her counterpart in Qrin’s reality at an extremely inopportune time, which could cost her life. Given Kamala’s prominent position within the superhero community, this could have set off a domino effect that could have led to the destruction of the Qarin universe.
Whether or not Kamala was responsible for the destruction of Qarin’s universe doesn’t excuse his attempts to destroy Kamala’s life, and the two shapeshifters will likely come to blows. However, even if Kamala manages to defeat her new enemy and ensure that she can no longer cause harm to her universe, she may still have to live with the guilt of indirectly killing another.
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