It might be safe to say that the Ms. Marvel Episode 6 end-credits scene is the best out of all of the Marvel Disney+ series. So if you haven’t watched the finale yet, you are missing out. The final episode of Ms. Marvel Season 1 wrapped up Kamala Khan’s origin story, and the ending set up her future. And we could not be more excited to see her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe again.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR MS. MARVEL EPISODE 6, “NO NORMAL” AHEAD.
Ms. Marvel potentially drops an X-Men hint
In the closing moments of Ms. Marvel on Disney+, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) is enjoying her status as a neighborhood superhero when her best friend, Bruno (Matt Lintz), comes to her with some weird news.
Having looked into Kamala’s genetic data a little more — you know, as all teenage boys with crushes do — Bruno tells Kamala that it’s not her family DNA that lets her tap into the Noor dimension but Kamala’s own genetics. “When I compared you to the rest of your family, something still seemed off,” Bruno says. “Kamala, there’s something different in your genes. Like … like a mutation.”
It’s not what Bruno says that hints at the imminent arrival of the X-Men in the MCU, but what is heard next: the guitar riff from X-Men: The Animated Series, the classic show fondly remembered by ‘90s kids who spent Saturday mornings watching Fox Kids.
While it’s still not confirmed if Kamala is actually a mutant, or if she’s an Inhuman and Bruno just doesn’t have the word for it (the Inhumans are a secret society, after all), there’s no denying that the X-Men theme song is heard in the series.
The proof is in the actual end credits, which lists “X-Men ‘97 Theme” in the song credits. The series theme was composed by Ron Wasserman, but the credits name Haim Saban and Shuki Levi, who were the music executives in charge of X-Men: The Animated Series.
While the MCU is still carefully playing with bringing the X-Men into the fold outright, Ms. Marvel is now the second time in Phase 4 the MCU acknowledges them. It was a short two months ago when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness had Patrick Stewart in a surprise cameo role, reprising another version of his Charles Xavier. That film also listed “X-Men ‘97 Theme” in the credits, and the same motif was heard when Stewart appeared onscreen.
‘As for how Kamala Khan will be re-canonized as a mutant in the MCU, the specifics remain to be seen.
A famous MCU superhero makes a cameo in the ‘Ms. Marvel’ end-credits scene
At first, many of us resigned to the fact that we might not actually see Captain Marvel make an appearance in Ms. Marvel. When Kamala lies down on her bed exhausted, her mother calls up to her saying, “Kamala, that does not sound like science homework to me!” While Kamala might be getting ready to start her homework, her bangle begins to emit a mysterious purple energy.
All of a sudden, Kamala is pulled into her closet by some unseen force, and then, Carol Danvers comes out into Kamala’s room. While it may seem like Kamala could have morphed into Carol, that’s definitely not the case. Once Carol enters Kamala’s room, she’s perplexed and almost horrified by her surroundings. There are posters and drawings of Carol everywhere; as we know, Kamala is Carol’s biggest fan. Now Carol is finding that out as well.
After this strange switcheroo, text appears announcing that The Marvels is coming, so the mid-credits scene is definitely a teaser for The Marvels. Whether it’s a scene from the upcoming film, or just a teaser for it, it adds to the MCU’s foreshadowing for the new film. The first hint was actually revealed in 2020 in a WandaVision post-credits scene, in which Monica Rambeau is called to outer space for a mission with the Kree.
For the casual Marvel viewer, the Ms. Marvel mid-credits scene is likely very confusing, and rightfully so. It’s safe to assume that something happens with Kamala’s bangle that causes her and Carol to swap bodies, placing Carol in Kamala’s room and Kamala wherever Carol was in that moment. There are a few theories about how this could have happened, the first of which ties directly into Ms. Marvel.
Basically, earlier in the series, we learn that there is another bangle. It’s possible that Carol found this other bangle, which activated its powers and caused them to switch places. Not only that, but in the 1942 flashback, the bangle is seen on a blue arm, which could be a reference to the Kree. It would only make sense, then, for Captain Marvel to find the bangle, since she is in contact with the Kree.
However, another possibility would be that Carol found the Nega-Bands. In the comic books, the Nega-Bands are also tied to the Kree, but in addition to that, they have the ability to switch spaces with someone on Earth. In the comics, a male Kree soldier named Mar-Vell (another “Marvel” to potentially appear in The Marvels?) bangs the bands together and switches places with a human named Rick Jones.
This device also played out in the 1999 Captain Marvel comic, but in the MCU’s Captain Marvel, it seemed Marvel Studios would be abandoning “Bang those bands!” However, if that’s what happened, this power will likely play a major role in the upcoming The Marvels film. Now comes the other question — why would Captain Marvel find a bangle or Nega-Bands in the first place?
Well, for those who don’t remember, in the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings post-credits scene, we see Carol, Bruce Banner, and Wong meet with Shang-Chi to take a look at his Ten Rings. In Ms. Marvel, the missing bangle is seen in a temple that references these Ten Rings, so regardless of what Captain Marvel finds, it’s likely tied to a search for more information about the Ten Rings.
The Marvels is set to release in theaters on July 28, 2023.