Ms. Marvel has had incredible connections to the larger MCU. But one notable Easter egg answers a question straight from Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The following contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel Season 1, Episode 2, “Crushed,” now streaming on Disney+.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally shown how the world has been affected by the past decade of superhero activity thanks to the new series, Ms. Marvel. But aside from AvengerCon and the many other in-universe connections to the superheroes, one of the biggest presences in the series, the Department Of Damage Control, may have the most intriguing Easter egg yet. But not only does it connect to the Spider-Man movies, but it may also answer the biggest mystery left behind by Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, its sequel had the DODC apprehending Peter Parker and all others connected to him after Mysterio released his identity to the public. This also included doctored footage of Peter Parker using Stark Industries drones that, by rights, he should have legally obtained. When everyone tied to him was arrested, the DODC created massive legal troubles for Stark Industries regarding the drones. However, the situation was eventually settled off-screen. But rather than destroy the drones or put them in storage, the DODC decided to keep them and even use them for its own benefit.
In the comics, Damage Control was a business that specialized in cleaning up the messes made by superheroes. However, in the MCU, it has evolved from its joint clean-up venture with Stark Industries and instead decided to operate more like SHIELD. But rather than protect the world from the shadows, the DODC has instead used its power to round up and question/put a stop to superhero activity. Since the department’s true intentions have yet to be revealed, its seemingly nefarious activities may lead to more dangerous problems in the future. As of now, the worst-case scenario may have already been teased in Ms. Marvel.
Toward the end of Ms. Marvel Episode 2, Kamala is cornered by a pair of Stark Drones after saving a young boy. Eventually, more DODC agents appear with energy weapons and attempt to apprehend the young girl. While their intentions could still be for the safety of Earth, the methods they used to take in Kamala might suggest otherwise. But could they have already done this to other heroes that audiences haven’t been shown?
A great example of this could be with the original runaway heroes Cloak and Dagger. While their canon status after their series hasn’t been confirmed, being hunted by the government for their abilities isn’t something out of the ordinary for them. The DODC could already be rounding up other young heroes under the guise of it being for their own safety when it could be for totally different reasons. But worst of all, the DODC’s actions could help make people think it’s okay to apprehend superpowered individuals as well, making the arrival of the Mutants one lined with immediate hostility.
For now, the DODC’s true motives in Ms. Marvel remain to be seen. However, if it’s managed to take hold of Stark Drones and use them against children, there’s a good chance the organization’s intentions aren’t beneficial to superheroes or civilians. Whether it could grow into anti-superhero/Mutant sentiment is another big concern as well. But in the end, while No Way Home‘s big mystery has been solved, it’s only created another in what the DODC may be up to with confiscated Stark Drones.
To find out what the DODC really wants with Kamala, new episodes of Ms. Marvel stream Wednesdays on Disney+.