Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limits is a thematic mirror of the upcoming MCU series suggesting that the God of Mischief may well have a role in the series.
The multiverse has encroached on Ms. Marvel’s life in Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit # 1 (by Samira Ahmed, Andres Genolet and Joe Caramagna from VC). He brings visions of alternate versions of herself and a neighborhood-wide Bollywood act taking over her Jersey City block. But, of course, a number tends to pop up when talking about the multiverse and variants these days. It’s true! Kamala is about to welcome several, not just Loki, the god of mischief.
While readers – if not exactly the heroes – always welcome Loki’s visit, there is still more to make this visit exciting. Thor’s adopted brother appearing here suggests he could also appear in Ms. Marvel’s upcoming eponymous MCU / Disney + series.
Generally, that would be an exaggeration. After all, things often happen in the comics that never appear in the MCU. Even aspects that seem inspired by specific stories play out differently on screen than they do on the page. American Captain: Civil War, anybody? However, this time around, Loki’s last page should be read as a harbinger of things to come for the MCU as well.
To understand why, consider Marvel’s and writer Samira Ahmed’s comments on the limited series. Denying Beyond the limits is a direct adaptation of the series, its promotions claimed it was a thematic tie-in. That is to say, Beyond the limits isn’t what the MCU series will be, but it will play with a lot of the same interests.
We see Khan saving his cousin Razia from an unidentified assailant wearing a trench coat in the first issue. In the skirmish, a sort of cube that Razia was experimenting on in the University of Chicago’s physics lab comes off. Ms. Marvel manages to scare off the apparent burglar and reset the cube, but not before she glimpses several possible variations of herself.
While it may be just a throwaway moment, events in the book and promotional texts suggest otherwise. Firstly, one of the variations Kamala sees is wearing a saree with Ms. Marvel style logos all over it. Then, in the issue’s cliffhanger, Khan finds out that his clothes morph into that same outfit. This claim seems to confirm more in store for at least some of these variations than just a glance.
If that wasn’t reason enough to expect new multiverse adventures in this story for the hero, Previews confirms that a doppelganger will be a Kamala antagonist for at least part of the series. Oh, and the fact that the entire Khan family neighborhood turned into a spontaneous Bollywood dance number. It probably suggests interdimensional shenanigans as well.
Of course, just because the “Variants” and “Loki” have been linked so strongly, that doesn’t guarantee that wherever the Multiverse goes, the God of Mischief will surely follow. However, Loki appears on the last page straddling an elephant in this case. So staging it in the cliffhanger and then not in Beyond the limit # 2 seems unlikely, to play it down a bit.
All of this taken together – the suggestion that Beyond reflects the Ms. marvel The themes of the MCU series, the use of the multiverse, and Loki’s actual appearance – suggest that a God of Mischief drop-in isn’t a far-fetched notion. However, another wrinkle indicates that it may be a Loki, not necessarily THE Tom Hiddleston variant of the Loki series.
On the Beyond last page, Loki wears a distinctive version of the traditional god of mischief horns. This style, minus a helmet and more of a headband, resembles the one preferred by teenage Loki. Considering the character’s youthful appearance, this follows. Therefore, a variation of Loki makes sense in an MCU where TVA has lost control and alternate timelines are unleashed. He can be recognizable but not necessarily interpreted by the very busy Hiddleston. We’ve seen Gator Loki and Loki with bike handlebars for horns before. A teenage variation looks easy in comparison. And possible, given this Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limits suggests.
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