A surprise inclusion in the finale of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel has left fans theorizing about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and according to the series’ executive producers, they were just as surprised as fans.
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For those unaware, the finale of Ms. Marvel includes a scene that reveals that Kamala Khan has different genetic makeup than most humans, with Bruno revealing to her that her DNA has a “mutation” in it, just as a riff of the iconic X-Men animated series theme song plays in the background.
This marks the first real utterance and acknowledgment of mutants in MCU and essentially confirms that Khan is one of them. Speaking to TV Line on the reveal, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah — who directed the finale — said they didn’t know about the moment until a script had been delivered to them.
“That was the best-kept secret of the whole show. We didn’t even know about it until we suddenly had a script,” said Arbi. “So, when we had it, we asked, ‘What’s that about? What’s going to happen?’ And Kevin Feige would say, ‘Just shoot this, put the little music on and that’s that. Should you be part of the future of Ms. Marvel, then you’ll know a little bit more.’”
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In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series head writer Bisha K. Ali also touched on the matter, revealing that the writer’s room actually pitched the idea to Kevin Feige, who approved of the idea.
“It wasn’t in the first draft of the script,” Ali said. “Being around in the first phase of Marvel’s TV got me familiar with their process and people,” added Ali.