*This article contains major spoilers for Mrs. Marvel episode 3*
Ms. Marvel star Kamala Khan is a superhero obsessive, so it’s only fitting that her Disney Plus series is peppered with references to the Avengers and beyond. In episode 3, a certain character from Thor receives recognition, as does Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) from Eternals in his predecessor.
In the latest installment of the six-part show, which is officially titled ‘Destined,’ Kamran’s mother Namja (Nimra Bucha) tells Kamala (Iman Vellani) that her great-grandmother Aisha was a Djinn, a being similar to a genie who possesses magical powers. So Kamala is probably also a Djinn, or Underground as they are better known in her home in the Noor Dimension, and she can probably use her mysterious bracelet to free them from exile on Earth-616. (Namja and the other undergrounds can’t do it themselves, because they can’t access all of their potential abilities, since they’re not from our dimension.)
Not knowing whether to trust Namja or whether she would be powerful enough to help her and her people in the first place, Kamala turns to her best friend Bruno (Matt Lintz) for comfort. After she tells him what she’s learned about her heritage, she asks him to help her research Noor, the Djinn lore, and interdimensional travel, to which he replies, “Actually, that reminds me of an article I wrote. I read. I think it’s from Dr. Erik Selvig.”
Selvig, played by Stellan Skarsgård, is an astrophysicist and close friend of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, who made her MCU debut in Thor (2011). He later succumbed to a mind control trick from Thor’s brother Loki and helped the God of Mischief steal the Tesseract in The Avengers, before using it to summon a portal that led to the Chitauri invasion and the Battle of New York.
Fortunately, Tony Stark aka Iron Man knocked him out and Loki’s control ceased when he told Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow how to close the door with Loki’s scepter. Selvig made additional appearances in Thor: The Dark World and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and somewhere in between all that drama, did she write an essay on dimension hopping? We are impressed.
Ms. Marvel is scheduled to continue on Disney Plus on Wednesday, June 29. In the meantime, why not use our roundup of the best shows on Disney Plus for inspiration, or check out Total Film’s exclusive chat with the directors of Ms. Marvel, Adil? El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.