This is a brief article about the Disney MCU Ms Marvel series that just finished airing. There will be spoilers. There will be adaptation decay. You have been warned.
I’ve done a couple of articles called ‘What I Like About You’. They’re reserved for the best-of-the-best, my favourite comics ever, the ones that fill me with the love of the medium; but also slightly obscure ones, which haven’t been covered 100,000 times on comics sites (so no Claremont X-Men or Wolfman / Pérez Teen Titans). I haven’t done one in a while, but the next one would be (will be?) ClanDestine by Alan Davis.
I don’t think it’s ever occurred to me to think about whether they would ever appear in the MCU. Last night (for me, a few weeks ago everyone else’s time), they did.
The problem is, this is among the worst cases of adaptation decay I’ve ever seen. They were barely ‘in name only’.
In the comics, they’re all the sons and daughters of one man and one djinn; in the show, they’re a group of people who got powers from a djinn. (And Ms Marvel finds out she’s a djinn and gets hunted by drones; I ordered my djinn with no chaser, please!) Their parents met during the Crusades, and are still producing offspring (who get raised by their older siblings as if they’re the parents). Each has a distinct power set and look.
In the show, they have some sort of vague, ill-defined powers, and all look normal. I don’t even see them being distinctive (is this The Deviants all over again?). It makes sense that most of them are Middle-Eastern, and some of them (one of them) looks cool, but they’re not The ClanDestine as they are in the comics.
Importantly: they’re not villains!!! (Well, one of them. Maybe.)
And now that name has been taken, and can’t really be used for the proper family. (Maybe? À là Mandarin?)
Ironic twist: the comic is about two characters who went from believing they were mutants to finding out they were ClanDestine. The show is about a character who went from believing she was a ClanDestine to finding out she was a mutant.
Anyway, rant over. You can go about your business. Move along.