Ms. Marvel Just Glimpsed Her Own Possible Spider-Verse

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Dan Slott's Spider-Verse hit comic store shelves back in 2014, and in the years since, it seems Marvel is interested in creating similar 'verse'-type titles with other characters. Venomverse (by Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello) and Edge of Venomverse (with each issue by a different creative team) both made their rounds in 2017, and now Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 (by Samira Ahmed, Andres Genolet, Triona Farrell, and VC's Joe Caramagna) establishes what is effectively a Spider-Verse for Kamala Khan.

While other 'verse' type stories tend to have protagonists unwittingly whisked into multiversal chaos, Beyond the Limit foreshadows the premise right from the beginning. Kamala is staying with her cousin Razia, a physicist of some sort, who works in the speculative field of inter-dimensional travel. While touring Razia's lab in Chicago University, she spots a stranger in a trench coat attempting to steal a glowing blue cube. She apprehends the stranger, who drops the cube, and when she touches it, she sees a vision of alternate versions of herself.

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The multiverse is an ever-changing landscape in comics. No two writers seem to treat it the same way, and Beyond the Limit is no exception. This story seems to view rifts in the multiverse as rifts between forms of media, as exemplified by the unresolved conflict at the end of this issue, where an entire Bollywood musical leaps off of her parent's TV and into the streets of New Jersey.

Ms. Marvel's alternate personas haven't exactly introduced themselves yet, but in the brief moment where she touched the cube, she got to catch a glimpse of some of them. There's a blonde Kamala (not to be mistaken with the Carol Danvers Ms. Marvel), an afro-wearing Kamala with snazzy earrings, and some more significant variations that seem to be commentaries on aspects missing or not yet present in Kamala's life.

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One Ms. Marvel seems to be a grown adult social media personality with a cape, who's perhaps a vision of her own future. Another is a six-pack laden mohawked version of Kamala, whose appearance shocks the young hero. Perhaps this version has more lax parents, or no parents at all, and meeting this version of herself will push Kamala to reflect on her bonds with her family. Early in the comic, the young hero frets over Bruno, who she'd kissed in The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #9 (by Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung), feeling unsettled that they're still only friends. To reflect this, one of her duplicates is passionately kissing a boy (who is noticeably not Bruno), seemingly portraying a Kamala who's either more romantically confident, or simply more open.

It's a little too early to tell exactly where Beyond the Limit is going to take Ms. Marvel. It wasted no time establishing the premise of her parallel selves, even if they haven't been named yet. The cliffhanger has more to do with Bollywood than Kamala's other selves, but it shouldn't take long for the comic to get into the full swing of its Spider-Verse-like attributes. Hopefully the new personas are as diverse and memorable as those of the iconic web-slinging hero.

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