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Here’s All The Details We Noticed in Episode 1 of Ms. Marvel

Welcome back to another weekly roundup of every cool detail or Easter egg we noticed in this week’s Marvel episode on Disney+. This is also our first Ms. Marvel episode breakdown, and you can check out our review HERE.

If you’re new here, welcome! How this works is that we rewatch the new episode of Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ show and break down all of the details, Easter eggs and comic references we’ve noticed in the episode. We’ve done the same for WandaVision, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye and Moon Knight, so check those out too. If you’re returning from one of those series’ thanks for coming back!

Warning! There are HUGE spoilers for episode one of Ms. Marvel. If you’ve not watched the episode, bookmark this post and return to it once you have.

Flurken
Out of Kamala’s doodles, just next to Hawkeye, there is a drawing of the cat Goose, who is the Flerken responsible for Nick Fury losing his eye. We last saw Goose in Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel
While Kamala tells the story of the Battle of Earth, you can see a post-it note that reads “Captain Marvel sightings” with a list of places, including Sandy Beach, Tokyo and a dark alley.

Video details

During the montage video, you can see that Kamala includes Captain America’s broken shield. His shield was broken during the fight with Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, and it’s nice to see this being played out from a civilian’s perspective, especially with such close attention to detail.

Captain Marvel’s costumes
During the montage of Captain Marvel, you’ll notice drawings featuring the different comics costumes worn by Captain Marvel, including her 70’s look, complete with the scarf. The illustrations also depict Carol Danvers’ hair cuts. It’s nice that Kamala has included these nods to the comics and shows how deep her love of Captain Marvel goes.

Sloth Baby
Kamala’s Youtube channel is called “Sloth Baby Productions,” which is a nod to her love of sloths, taken directly from the Marvel comics. The logo even features a winged sloth which is a nod to Kamala’s stuffed animal from Ms Marvel Issue 1 from 2014.

Kamal’s friends
Before meeting them in the show, you can see that Kamal’s two best friends, Bruno and Nakia, are the two top comments on her video about Ant-Man and Wasp’s trip to Paris.

Glasses
When she gets in the car for her driving test, Kamala wears a pair of blue-tinted sunglasses, which could be a nod to Tony Stark’s iconic eyewear E.D.I.T.H. In real-life, Iman Vellani, who plays Kamala, is a massive fan of Robert Downey Jr.

School sign
When Kamala goes to school, you can see a sign listing the school’s founders, with a list of names. G. Willow Wilson, Stephen Wacker, Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie are all comic book writers, editors and artists who helped create Kamala Khan for Marvel comics in 2013 and worked on the early comic run. Meanwhile, Ian Herring, Takeshi Miyazawa, Joe Caramagna, and Nico Leon have worked on various Ms. Marvel comics over the years. Coles Academic High School is also the name of Kamala’s school in the comics.

T-shirts
If you look closely, you’ll see that Kamala’s t-shirt features Captain Marvel, Valkyrie and Wasp. Could we get a possible team-up of these three characters sometime in the future?

Later in the episode, Kamala can be seen wearing a T-shirt that features the Avengers ‘A.’

Guidance counsellor
Kamala’s guidance counsellor, Mr Wilson, is a nod to G. Willow Wilson, who wrote the Ms. Marvel comic books from 2013 until 2019. She’s one of the writers credited with creating Kamala Khan alongside Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, Adrian Alphona and Jamie Mckelvie.

Mulan
After Mr Wilson references Mulan while talking to Kamala about her future, there is a brilliant editing moment where the screen splits down the middle with Kamala and Gabe’s faces on either side. This is similar to the iconic moment in Mulan when she sings “Reflection.”

Backpack
There are a couple of moments where you can see that Kamala’s backpack features a gold Avengers pin, a Captain Marvel pin and a Hulk patch. Tiny meta details like this tell us just how much of a fan Kamala is.

Strange
While coming up with ideas for her cosplay, Kamala suggests a mashup of Captain Marvel and Dr Strange, which features in the vibrant street art in the background. In Captain Marvel Issue #28 from 2019, Carol learns magic from Strange, and there is even a comic where the two heroes hook up.

Zombies
Kamala also suggests she could go as zombie Captain Marvel to Avengers Con. In issue #4 of Marvel Zombies: Resurrections, there is a zombie version of Captain Marvel.

Felicity
When Kamala gets home from school, she can be seen watching an episode of the 90s sitcom Felicity. For anyone who is a fan of the popular College drama, the episode in question is the season 1 finale titled “Felicity Was Here.”

Film posters
When Kamala and her mum are out running errands, you can see a poster for the film India in Technicolor, and you can spot the names “J. Vash,” “J. Haddad,” and “H. Avant.” These are all names of people who work on Ms Marvel. Julie Vash was the set designer, Jessie Haddad was one of the show’s art directors, and Hajr Avant worked in the art department.

Darth Vader
Bruno tells Kamala to “take a chill pill” regarding her mother and AvengerCon, saying that she needs to stop acting like her mom is Darth Vader. Another Star Wars reference in the MCU confirming that the Galaxy far far away is conon in the MCU.

Cricket
Kamala’s parents use ZuZu to switch the T.V. to the sports channel to watch cricket. Pakistan is one of the biggest countries for cricket. This is one of many small details that make Kamala’s homelife feel as authentic as possible, particularly to South Asian and Pakistani viewers.

Sloths
In the comics, Kamala has an affinity for sloths, so it’s no surprise they will be featured throughout the series. As well as the name of her Youtube channel, Kamala can be seen wearing a sloth T-shirt and even has a winged sloth stuffed toy, which is taken directly from comics Kamala.

Bri Larson
When Kamala is trying on her Captain Marvel cosplay costume, you can spot a Captain Marvel poster in the background featuring Brie Larson. This is the first time this version of the character is featured; until that point, all other depictions of the character in the show were drawings and comics. This is one of the first times we’re seeing these heroes becoming a part of pop-culture in the MCU, up until now very little has been seen from a fan’s perspective.

Captain Marvel clock
The clock on Kamala’s bedroom wall features Captain Marvel. That particular depiction of the character is from the cover of Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

AvengerCon
There are a ton of Easter eggs seen inside AvengerCon, too many to mention in this post, so here are a few of the hilites.

During Kamala’s ideal AvengerCon experience montage, you can see Bruno wearing Tony Stark’s purple suit and Kamala doing the “Wakanda Forever” salute with other cosplayers.

AvengerCon is held at Camp Lehigh, which first made its MCU appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s the military base where Steve Rogers trained and was eventually picked for the super-soldier program. It was also the base of operations for S.H.I.E.L.D. Following WWII.

As Kamala and Bruno enter AvengerCon, you can hear “Star Spangled Man With a Plan” playing. This song was first used in Captain America: The First Avenger when Steve was on his U.S.O. tour.

A hilarious nod to Scott Lang calling Steve’s butt “America’s ass” in Avengers: Endgame, in the form of a cartoon.

There is a beautiful tribute to Natasha and Tony for their sacrifice in defeating Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

A fan dressed up as Drax can be seen selling DVDs for ‘The Peter Quill Star-Boy Story.’

Several souvenir T-shirts can be seen for sale, including an “Asgard Pride” shirt and a shirt featuring Groot that says “Mr Tree.” A “Bring the Thunder” shirt can be seen at the booth selling tickets for “Avenger Tours” of New Asgard, which is what Asgard is called after it was relocated to Earth in Avengers: Endgame.

Zoe’s Captain Marvel costume for the cosplay contest is a nod to the suit Carol Danvers originally wore in Captain Marvel Issue #1 from 1977. The costume even incorporate a sash worn around Zoe’s waist, similar to the scarf Captain Marvel wore at the time.

Kamala’s powers

When Kamala uses her powers for the first time on stage at AvengerCon, the moment mirrors when Carol gets the use of her powers back after the Skrulls take them in Captain Marvel.

Music
The music in Ms. Marvel is so well thought out; it’s a nod to Kamala’s heritage and features many South Asian, mainly Pakistani artists. Many notable songs are used during crucial moments in the episode.

‘Ko Ko Koreena’ by Ahmed Rushdi is taken from the Urdu-language film Armaan and is widely regarded as one of the first pop songs of Pakistan. In Ms. Marvel, we hear it playing while Kamala runs errands with her mother, which gives us an insight into their lives. Ahmed Rushdi was among the most influential singers in the Pakistan film industry during the 1960s and ’70s.

The end credits feature “Rozi” by Eva B, another pop-culture gem. Eva B is one of the first female Pakistani rappers to break through to the mainstream. As she quickly rose to fame, the singer/rapper used her platform to discuss women’s obstacles in her music; she performs in Urdu and Balochi.

As we see Kamala walk into her chaotic high school, where people are mean to her and mispronounce her name ‘Deal With It’ by Riz Ahmed plays. Ahmed is a British Pakistani actor and musician. ‘Deal With It” is taken from his album ‘The Long Goodbye’, which tells the story of the effects of colonialism on Pakistan and South Asia, and the toxic relationship that followed. Ahmed is someone who regularly tackles his experiences as a British Pakistani Muslim in his music and works as an actor.

Smash Bros
Kamala’s friend Nakia asks if she’s invited over to play Smash Bros. The popular crossover fighting game sees Nintendo characters like the Mario Brothers, Zelda and Donkey Kong take on each other in battles.

Credits
During the closing credits, the artwork painted on the side of a building nods to the iconic cover art from Ms. Marvel Issue#1 from 2014 by G. Willow Wilson. There are also other nods to Kamala’s powers and costume throughout the credits.

Post credits
The post-credits scene shows that the Department of Damage Control knows about Kamala’s powers. The D.D.C. first made an appearance in Spiderman: Homecoming, and then again in No Way Home, when they arrested Peter Parker after Mysterio leaked his identity.

New episodes of Ms. Marvel are released weekly on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+.

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