Iconography from Ms. Marvel’s flashback sequence teases a surprising connection between its lead’s special abilities and Shang-Chi’s family business.
The following contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel episode 3, “Destined,” now streaming on Disney+
A notable Ms. Marvel Easter egg seemingly deepened Kamala Khan’s connection to some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest Phase 4 releases.
Analyzing snapshots from the third episode’s 1942 cave flashback in “British-occupied India,” Portuguese Twitter channel News Legion pointed out a recognizable shape imprinted on the cave’s floor: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Ten Rings insignia. While versions of this criminal syndicate appeared in Iron Man and Iron Man 3, Shang-Chi recontextualized the Ten Rings as an organization founded centuries ago by the hero’s father, Wenwu, named after the supernatural iron rings that brought him ultimate power. Furthermore, Ms. Marvel revealed Kamala’s supernatural bangle to have been discovered on a blue-skinned creature’s corpse, implying that its origins are Kree-related.
While the ten rings’ backstory remains ambiguous, Shang-Chi‘s mid-credit scene hinted at them being of extraterrestrial origin. As discovered by Wong, Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel, wearing the rings cause Shang-Chi to activate a beacon within them, though none are certain where in space its signal is reaching.
Chloe Zhao’s Eternals also expanded upon the MCU’s cosmic side, revealing that each Eternal member was created by the god-like Celestials to prepare Earth as a breeding ground for a new Celestial. Ms. Marvel even referenced Eternals through a passing remark about Kamala’s mom having a crush on Kingo, the Eternals member who masqueraded for decades in Bollywood as his own acting descendants.
Ms. Marvel‘s most recent episode and flashback established the bangle’s connection to Kamala’s great-grandmother Aisha, revealing that she belonged to an interdimensional species known as Clandestine. The surviving Clandestines — otherwise known in Islamic mythology as “djinn” — now seek to return to their old dimension, but doing so requires activating the bangle’s power at a dangerous cost. In the episode’s final moments, Kamala is summoned back to Pakistan by her grandmother, who confirmed that she too witnessed Kamala’s vision of a mysterious train through the bangle.
New Ms. Marvel episodes air Wednesday on Disney+.
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